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See You on the Beach!

How did it get to be almost April?! I'm not sure where March went, but I'm excited April is fast approaching. I'm ready to trade in my snow boots for flip-flops at the (sold out!) fifth annual Women in Retail Leadership Summit in Miami! We can’t believe it’s already been five years, but are over-the-moon…
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Christine Hunsicker, CEO, Gwynnie Bee, Talks New B-to-B Technology

At the 2018 Shoptalk conference in Las Vegas, Christine Hunsicker, CEO of Gwynnie Bee, an online clothing subscription service for women, gave insight into her new company, B-to-B platform Caastle, as well as what the future holds for Gwynnie Bee.
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Report: Turnover Rate for Women Execs in Retail Higher Than Men

One of our Girls’ Lounge @ Shoptalk partners (see article above), the Network of Executive Women (NEW), released an interesting study this week that found the turnover rate among women, especially women executives, in retail and consumer goods is much higher than among men. The report, The Female Leadership Crisis, published in partnership with Mercer…
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The Girls’ Lounge @ Shoptalk Was a Huge Success!

Hello Inner Circle readers! I'm so excited to share that the inaugural Girls’ Lounge @ Shoptalk was a huge success! At last count about 500 women (and men!) walked through the doors of the Girls’ Lounge @ Shoptalk, and by all accounts everyone enjoyed their experience! Besides some fun activations (e.g., free professional headshots) as well…
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The Future of Retail is Feminine

If I have one takeaway from Shoptalk this week it’s this — further confirmation that the future of retail is feminine. With more than 100 women retail leaders speaking, there has been a lot to learn. From Women in Retail Leadership Circle's partnership with The Girls’ Lounge @ Shoptalk to keynotes about company culture, artificial…
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See You in Las Vegas?

Good morning, gals! I'll keep it short and sweet. We're just a little over one month out from the Women in Retail Leadership Summit, and I for one can't wait! However, before we get our sunnies and flip-flops ready for Florida, we're making a pit stop in Las Vegas and gearing up for The Girls’…
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Mum’s the Word: The Power of the Consumer Parent

The recent financial results from the food and drink giants PepsiCo and Coca-Cola indicated a dramatic shift in consumer attitudes to sugary drinks and unhealthy food. Both companies reported impressive results, but the strong product categories didn't include the drinks, chips and sweets that you might have expected. In fact, both PepsiCo and Coca-Cola reported…
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Etsy to Celebrate International Women’s Day With its 1.65M Women Entrepreneurs

International Women’s Day, March 8, is a day dedicated to celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. This year, online marketplace Etsy is once again showing its support for the 1.8 million women — or 87 percent of its sellers — who own and operate a business on Etsy.com. Etsy was founded…
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Inner Circle Q&A: Jasmine Bellamy, Global Product Strategist, Gap Factory

We will be featuring Women in Retail Leadership Circle members, advisory board members and ladies who lead in Inner Circle Q&As over the next several months. The interviews will highlight what makes our community so special, from their leadership styles to their favorite vacation spots and everything in between. This week’s Q&A is with Jasmine Bellamy, global product strategist, Gap Factory.  Melissa…
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Sold Out!

Good morning ladies! Let me open Inner Circle this week by letting you know that the fifth annual Women in Retail Leadership Summit is sold out! That's right, yesterday, with about a month-and-a-half to go before the Summit commences on April 16 at the Ritz-Carlton in Miami, we filled our 300th seat, which means we're at…
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Is it Spring Yet?

Good morning ladies! Can anyone tell me where 2018 is going? I can't believe it's almost March already. While I'm a little sad time is flying by, I can't wait for springtime (and what we have in store here at the Women in Retail Leadership Circle!). Below are just a few things I'm looking forward…
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Madison Reed Commits to Using ‘Raw’ Photography

Can I get a woot woot! Madison Reed, the prestige hair color brand based in San Francisco, announced this week that it's advancing the movement toward authenticity in advertising by pledging to always use unaltered, raw photography. In its images, nothing will be adjusted. Hair color will be shown "as is." These untouched, raw photos will be…
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The Inner Circle Q&A: Alice McClellan, Vice President of Technology and Facilities, Genesco

We will be featuring Women in Retail Leadership Circle members, advisory board members and ladies who lead in Inner Circle Q&As over the next several months. The interviews will highlight what makes our community so special, from their leadership styles to their favorite vacation spots and everything in between. This week’s Q&A is with Alice McClellan, vice president of technology and facilities…
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Summit Dreaming

Sit back. Close your eyes. Breathe in deeply. Now breathe out. Picture an ocean with gentle waves. Maybe a palm tree. Try to feel the sun on your skin. Now open your eyes. Have I lulled you into a daydream about being on a beautiful beach? Miami Beach, maybe? Well, that dream can be a…
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Top Women Execs Share the Retail Tech Trends They're Following

Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) and its sister publication, Total Retail, are proud to present its eighth annual list of the Top Women in Retail. This year’s list features a who’s who of top female executives in the retail industry. Below, a select group of honorees share their answers to the question, “What one new retail…
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The Inner Circle Q&A: Courtney Graybill, Vice President, Customer Experience & Product Management, David's Bridal

We will be featuring Women in Retail Leadership Circle members, advisory board members and ladies who lead in Inner Circle Q&As over the next several months. The interviews will highlight what makes our community so special, from their leadership styles to their favorite vacation spots and everything in between. This week’s Q&A is with Courtney Graybill, vice president of customer experience…
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Make Valentine's Day About Loving Yourself As Well

I read a really interesting article this week in New York Magazine that, like so many articles published the second week of February, is all about Valentine's Day. But what set the article, written by Ann Friedman, apart is how astute it is in casting a light on the most important relationship you'll ever have: the…
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Top Women Retail Execs Share the Best Piece of Advice They Ever Recieved

Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) and its sister publication, Total Retail, are proud to present its eighth annual list of the Top Women in Retail. This year’s list features a who’s who of top female executives in the retail industry. Below, a select group of honorees share their answers to the question, “What's the best…
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Revamping Retail: Loyalty Pain Points and How to Solve Them

Everyone loves to feel appreciated, and loyalty program participants are no exception. While rewarding shoppers for ongoing engagement and purchases is generally a positive experience, it can also create moments of friction. From security concerns to an overabundance of communication, retail loyalty programs need to overcome consumer pain points to ensure success and build long-lasting…
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Lady Doritos: When Bad Branding Happens to Good People

Over the past few days "Lady Doritos" has been trending on many social pages. At first I thought it was a funny Super Bowl commercial, maybe a SNL skit from over the weekend. To my total surprise, it's an actual thing. On Monday, it was reported Doritos would be making "lady-friendly chips" that had the…
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The Inner Circle Q&A: Christena Reinhard, President and Founder, Union & Fifth

We will be featuring Women in Retail Leadership Circle members, advisory board members and ladies who lead in Inner Circle Q&As over the next several months. The interviews will highlight what makes our community so special, from their leadership styles to their favorite vacation spots and everything in between. This week’s Q&A is with Christena Reinhard, president and founder of Union…
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Job of the Week!

We’re excited to present our Inner Circle readers a new job opportunity! We regularly hear about great job opportunities, so we started a section in our e-newsletter to highlight our favorites. This week’s job opening is vice president of technology at Bonobos, a menswear e-commerce retailer and lifestyle brand. Here are the details: Job: Vice…
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All Good Sales Must Come to an End …

… including the "sale" we're having on conference passes to our Women in Retail Leadership Summit (April 16-18, Miami), which ends today. That's right, this is your last chance to save $250 off your conference pass by using the code “WIRLSEARLYBIRD.” Register today before our prices increase tomorrow! This will be the best rate we'll offer,…
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Top Women Retail Execs Share Their Greatest Career Challenges

Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) and its sister publication, Total Retail, are proud to present its eighth annual list of the Top Women in Retail. This year’s list features a who’s who of top female executives in the retail industry. Below, a select group of honorees share their answers to the question, “What's the biggest…
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Who’s in Charge of Your Company’s Online Reputation?

It’s 9 p.m. on Saturday evening and a disgruntled customer posts a scathing review on your company’s Facebook page about the service she received earlier that day in one of your stores. Other customers quickly begin to pile on to the comments, adding their own personal experiences at other stores, both good and bad. By…
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