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Leadership Lessons in Tweets From the Summit

We've been so inspired by the speakers at the Women in Retail Leadership Summit taking place in Miami this week that we've decided to share some of them with you. Hope you find some inspiration from the quotes below! "Good brands are about the what. Great brands are about the why." -@AmyErrett #WIRLSummit — Women…
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Scenes From the Summit

The 2019 Women in Retail Leadership Summit has been a whirlwind three days of engaging sessions, glam, free swag, and connections! Over 350 phenomenal retail executives joined us at the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne in Miami this week. There are so many powerful women in attendance and incredibly motivating speakers taking the stage. Take a look…
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It's Summit Time!

Hello fabulous Inner Circle readers! It’s countdown time … the sixth annual Women in Retail Leadership Summit begins in just five days! I’m so excited I can barely stand it. I’m thrilled with the extraordinary speakers coming to this year’s event, the amazing group of attendees, and all the exciting things we have planned! In fact,…
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Women Retail Leaders Share Career Challenges and Lessons Learned

Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC), sister brand of Total Retail, recently released its ninth annual list of the Top Women in Retail. This annual feature, a joint effort of Total Retail and WIRLC, shines a spotlight on the innovative female minds leading some of the top retail organizations and brands in the industry today. As part of the special feature, WIRLC conducted interviews with each of the 16 women on this year's list. Among other questions, the honorees were asked, "What's the biggest challenge you've faced in your career, and what did you learn from it?"
 

TOTAL RETAIL RELEASES THIRD ANNUAL TOP 100 OMNICHANNEL RETAILERS REPORT

Philadelphia [April 24, 2019] — Total Retail, the preeminent source for executives looking for the latest news and analysis on the retail industry, in conjunction with Radial, a leader in omnichannel commerce technology and operations, released the 2019 Top 100 Omnichannel Retailers report today. One-hundred publicly traded retailers were ranked on their omnichannel efficiency. Each retailer…
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Happy Spring!

Spring has sprung (at least in New York)! I know because I saw the first crocus of the season this morning. Also, the air is getting warmer, everything is blossoming, and (unfortunately) I've started sneezing. But it's all good! Spring is my absolute favorite season, and here are a few things I'm looking forward to…
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Top Women in Retail Gather at Women in Retail Leadership Summit

Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC), sister brand of Total Retail, recently released its ninth annual list of the Top Women in Retail. This annual feature, a joint effort of Total Retail and WIRLC, highlights the women leading some of the top retail organizations and brands in the industry today. In addition to this annual print issue, WIRLC and Total Retail produce the Women in Retail Leadership Summit. This annual event offers executive-level women in the retail industry the opportunity to improve both their professional lives and business strategies through engaging content and unique networking opportunities.
 

How One ‘Mompreneur’ Went From 500 Square Feet to $8 Million

A little more than three years ago, I was living in a New York City apartment, about to give birth to my first child and simultaneously launch a startup called The Groomsman Suit. The thought of becoming a ‘mompreneur’ was exciting and completely terrifying at the same time. The responsibilities that come with children and…
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Partnership Perks for WIRLC Members

From time to time, we here at the Inner Circle like to pass along information about the benefits of joining the Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC). Today, we thought we'd let you know about some of the great partnerships we've formed over the years for our members. In fact, some you may not even know…
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Why Inclusive Leaders Are Good for Business

I came across yet another great article in what's quickly becoming my favorite business journal, Harvard Business Review, and wanted to summarize it for you here. Titled "Why Inclusive Leaders Are Good for Organizations, and How to Become One," the article discusses that while yes, companies are increasingly relying on diverse, multidisciplinary teams and that's a good…
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Top Women in Retail Over the Years (Plus Female Founders)

Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC), sister brand of Total Retail, recently released its ninth annual list of the Top Women in Retail. This annual feature, a joint effort of Total Retail and WIRLC, shines a spotlight on the women leading some of the top retail organizations and brands in the industry today. Over the course of the nine years that we've produced the Top Women in Retail issue, 172 female executives have been honored. This week, I want to spotlight some of our past honorees, and include a notable tip or excerpt from their profile. In addition, I will identify some of the leading startup retail companies founded by our women honorees over the years.
 

OPEN SESAME! Subject Lines That Work Like Magic

Hello Inner Circle readers! This week I'm going to take a brief departure from what I usually write about in this space to tell you about a special report the Women in Retail Leadership Circle's sister brand Total Retail just published. The report, titled OPEN SESAME! Subject Lines That Work Like Magic!, is all about —…
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4 Easy Ways to Earn Your Employees’ Trust

It never ceases to amaze me how many leaders have a reputation for making empty promises. They seem to think that because they're in charge, they can somehow do what they want to do rather than showing respect by following through. As a leader, you set the tone for the company. You don’t get a…
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2019 Top Women in Retail: A Q&A With Sharon Leite, CEO, The Vitamin Shoppe

Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) recently released its ninth annual list of the Top Women in Retail. This annual feature, a joint effort of Total Retail and WIRLC, shines a spotlight on the women leading some of the top retail organizations and brands in the industry today. As part of the special feature, WIRLC conducted interviews with each of the 16 women on this year's list. Below you'll find the interview conducted with 2019 Top Women in Retail honoree Sharon Leite, chief executive officer of The Vitamin Shoppe.
 

Celebrate the Last Week of Women's History Month!

Hello Inner Circle readers! Even though this is the last week of March, there are still a few days (and a weekend!) to celebrate Women's History Month! Here are a few great ways to do so: Visit the New New York Historical Society's "Ladies' Garments, Women's Work, Women's Activism" exhibition, which catalogs the progress made by the…
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Job of the Week: Head of E-Commerce, EO Products

Hello Inner Circle readers! EO Products, a maker and seller of high-quality aromatherapy products and a company rooted in the philosophy of "People, Purpose, Planet and Profit," is looking for the perfect head of of e-commerce to drive growth in its direct-to-consumer business. Established 22 years ago in Marin County, California, EO Products is a B Corporation still led by its…
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The Inner Circle Q&A: Jane Lu, Founder and CEO, Showpo

Meet Jane Lu, founder and CEO of Showpo, an online fashion brand for women. Jane has grown Showpo exponentially by leveraging her status as a social influencer to drive sales. She also founded Like Minded Bitches Drinking Wine (LMBDW), a community of entrepreneurial-minded and business-savvy women who love wine. LMBDW has regular events in more…
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WOMEN IN RETAIL LEADERSHIP CIRCLE RELEASES ITS 9TH ANNUAL TOP WOMEN IN RETAIL LIST

PHILADELPHIA, [March 20,2019] -- Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC), a members-only association for enterprise-level women at top retailers and brands, is proud to announce the release of its ninth annual list of the leading female executives in retail. Honorees were chosen based on a number of criteria, including being in a top-level position within a retail organization,…
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The 2019 Top Women in Retail List is Out!

Hello Inner Circle readers! I'm really excited today! Why? Because the Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) is announcing the release of its ninth annual list of the Top Women in Retail! Honorees, some of whom were recommended via a survey of our WIRLC members and Inner Circle e-newsletter readers, were chosen based on several criteria, including…
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Women in Retail Leadership Circle is Growing …

... and is actively seeking two new professionals to join our team! Here are the positions we're hoping to fill: Senior Content Editor/Content Strategist The Retail Group at NAPCO Media, parent company of Women in Retail Leadership Circle, is seeking seeking a senior content editor/content strategist (SCE/CS). The Retail Group is comprised of Total Retail,…
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4 Things Women Need to Stop Doing in Order to Rise in the Ranks

The game of business is designed by men, and women leaders must work harder to get promoted and recognized. This is an unfortunate fact, but until there's equality in the workplace, women must act differently than their male counterparts in order to get ahead. Some of the most significant ways female leaders can get ahead…
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Here's How to Help Women in Retail Advance Into Management

Hello Inner Circle readers! I came a cross a great article in the Harvard Business Review last week that pertained so deeply to our group that I thought I would summarize it here. Titled "12 Ways to Help Women in Retail Advance Into Management," the premise of the article is that few retail companies know how…
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Job of the Week: Senior Manager, Campaign Management, QVC

Hello Inner Circle readers! QVC, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Qurate Retail, Inc., is searching for the perfect senior manager, campaign management, a key role for the right candidate on its retention marketing team. Could it be you or someone you know? Check out all the details below! Title: Senior Manager, Campaign Management Opportunity: The senior manager, campaign…
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Fake Followers: Build Your Social Following the Right Way

When the The New York Times published a fascinating read, "The Follower Factory: Everyone wants to be popular online. Some even pay for it. Inside social media’s black market," I wasn’t exactly surprised. In summary, the article calls out celebrities, influencers, brands, etc., along with agencies that find ways to quickly grow a user's social media…
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WIRLC at Shoptalk: Building a Talent Pipeline for Women in Retail

Women in Retail Leadership Circle has been at the Shoptalk conference in Las Vegas this week hosting the FQ Lounge space in partnership with The Female Quotient. Over the past two days, dozens of women leaders in retail have graced the stage and spoke on topics ranging from diversity and inclusion to how to engaging men…
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