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Tweets From Shoptalk to Celebrate International Women's Day (Almost!)

Hello Inner Circle readers! We're excited for International Women's Day here at the Women in Retail Leadership Circle! For those of you who may not be aware, International Women's Day is held annually on March 8 to celebrate the achievements of women throughout history and across nations. It's also known as the United Nations Day…
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5 Ways to Leverage Your Introverted Networking Energy

Why do we have a visceral reaction to the word networking? I often hear the mental machinations that hold us back like, “I have nothing to say” or “They don’t want to talk to me.” The other roadblock is how it feels … yucky! I've heard people refer to networking as manipulation, pasting on a…
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Join Us at The FQ Lounge, Home of Equality @ Shoptalk!

Hello Inner Circle readers! It's almost here! On Sunday morning I'm heading to Las Vegas to help set up the FQ Lounge, Home of Equality @ Shoptalk. As I've mentioned here before, the FQ Lounge will be a welcoming and interactive space at Shoptalk, a place where women (and men!) can come together, network and…
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The Inner Circle Q&A: Monica Banks: Founder and CEO, Gugu Guru

Meet Monica Banks, founder and CEO of Gugu Guru, an online shopping tool for parents that makes free, unbiased and highly personalized product recommendations based on a fun lifestyle and personal style assessment quiz. Monica is the subject of our latest installment of the Inner Circle Q&A!
 

Ace Hardware is Looking for Top Talent

Women in Retail Leadership Circle's great friends and supporters at Ace Hardware have several field-based positions they would like to fill, and have asked us to post them here. After all, how awesome would it be if the positions were filled by some fabulous women in our network? If the positions aren't right for you, please…
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Speaker Roster for the Women in Retail Leadership Summit Growing Every Day!

Hello Inner Circle readers! It's been a while since I provided an update on the fantastic speaker roster we have for the Women in Retail Leadership Summit, taking place at the Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne in sunny Miami, April 29-May 1. Here's just a sampling of the wonderful speakers that will take the stage at the Summit:…
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R.Riveter Offers Flexible Income Opportunity for U.S. Military Spouses

While at the National Retail Federation Big Show in January, Women in Retail Leadership Circle spoke to Lisa Bradley and Cameron Cruse, co-founders of R.Riveter, an American-made handbag company that supports military families by providing military spouses with flexible employment. Cruse and Bradley discuss how R.Riveter manufactures its handbags in the U.S., the variety of…
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Join Us at The FQ Lounge at Shoptalk!

Hello Inner Circle readers! A few weeks ago I mentioned that the Women in Retail Leadership Circle will be back at Shoptalk this year, partnering again with The Female Quotient to produce The FQ Lounge, Home of Equality @ Shoptalk, a welcoming and interactive space for women to come together, network and learn from each other. At the time, we were…
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The Perks of Being a Member

Hello Inner Circle readers! It's been a while since I reminded you about all the great things you receive when you become a member of the Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC), so I thought I would use the space today to do so! Here's a quick overview of who we are: WIRLC is a unique, members-only networking…
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Hear From the Women Recognized at the 2019 NRF Foundation Gala

At the 2019 National Retail Federation Foundation Gala on January, 18 incredible women were recognized and named to The List of People Shaping Retail's Future. We spoke to a few of these amazing leaders as they walked the purple carpet at the event, asking them a few questions about their nominations, career goals, retail industry trends…
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Inner Circle Q&A: Yasi Baiani, Vice President of Product Management, Wonolo

Yasi Baiani, vice president of product management at Wonolo, shares how she maximizes impact as a leader by pursuing her passion. Anna Vander Wall: Yasi, one of our favorite things is to interview driven, successful women like yourself. Tell us a little about your career path. Did you always know you wanted to be an executive?…
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It's a Girl Thing

We're excited to let y'all know that the Women in Retail Leadership Circle will be back at Shoptalk this year, partnering again with The Female Quotient to produce a Girls’ Lounge, a welcoming and interactive space for women to come together, network and learn from each other. And the good news is that our Girls’ Lounge…
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Hilton Seeks the Perfect Manager, Global Brand Communications

Hello Inner Circle readers! Hilton, a leading global hospitality company that spans the lodging sector from luxurious full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and midpriced hotels, is searching for the perfect manager, global brand communications for its Luxury & Lifestyle Group. Could that be you? Here are the details: Title: Manager, Global Brand Communications, Luxury…
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Managing Team Energy Now for a Great 2019

After a busy holiday season, January and February may bring some relief to retail executives and their employees. However, these months are also a critical time for leaders to motivate their teams and get them ready for another great year. Good Leaders Manage Team Energy One of the most important ways a leader can create…
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Miami Dreaming ...

Brrr ... if you're located anywhere in the Northeast and parts of the Midwest, you know what I'm talking about: It's freezing out there! That's why I thought it was the perfect time to get you thinking about registering for the Women in Retail Leadership Summit, taking place at the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne in sunny Miami,…
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This content is for members only The Leadership Panel: Life Lessons From Retail Leaders

This is members-only content. To view, please log in or apply below. WIR OTR SF Leadership panel from NAPCO Video on Vimeo. This video features the discussion that took place during the leadership panel at WIRLC On the Road: San Francisco, which was held this past November. Industry leaders Ani Hadjinian, president, Stella & Dot; Michelle Farabaugh, chief marketing officer, Harry &…
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Art.com's CEO on Why Failure is Essential to Success

For most senior-level executives, failure isn't a step backward; it’s an excellent stepping stone to success. In fact, most leaders I've spoken to believe that you never learn to move out of your comfort zone if you don’t overcome your fear of failure. One such executive is Kira Wampler, the Silicon Valley technologist, product and…
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Women Rule at the NRF Big Show!

Well, that's a wrap: This week I survived my 10th NRF Big Show in New York City! And I've lived to tell the tale! As I started to analyze the long list of retail trends I gleaned from speaking to retailers, consultants, analysts and service providers, as well as attending sessions at the event (trends…
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Top Tweets From Women Leaders at NRF's Big Show

Women represented at the National Retail Federation's (NRF) Big Show this year! Dozens of women retail leaders appeared on all of the Big Show's many stages as well as the Girls' Lounge at this week's event, doing what they do best: offering sage advice; discussing business strategy best practices; presenting tips on how to be…
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WIRLC Member Perk: Collaborative Gain

One of my favorite things to do for the Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) is to let you know about some of our new partnerships and member perks! Today I'm announcing that WIRLC has formed a partnership with a great organization called Collaborative Gain. Some of you may have heard of this organization before, but for…
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Boon Supply Co. Founder and CEO Lily Kanter on Retail Tech Trends to Watch

The topic of retail technology was a big part of a panel discussion that took place at the Women in Retail Leadership Circle: On the Road event in San Francisco last November. The panel featured industry disruptors Lily Kanter, CEO and founder, Boon Supply Co.; Cassie Fossum, CEO and founder, Mavette; and Jenna Kerner, co-CEO and co-founder of Harper…
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This content is for members only Change Agents: Industry Disruptors Shaping a New Generation of Retail

This is members-only content. To view, please log In or apply below. This video features the "Retail Change Agents" panel from WIRLC On the Road: San Francisco, which was held this past November. Industry disruptors including Lily Kanter, CEO and founder of Boon Supply Co.; Cassie Fossum, CEO and founder of Mavette; and Jenna Kerner, co-CEO and co-founder…
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Great to Meet You!

Hello Inner Circle readers! I want to take a moment and introduce myself as the newest member of the Women in Retail Leadership Circle team. My name is Kristina Stidham, and I recently joined WIRLC full-time as an associate content editor. I graduated from Temple University in Philadelphia in May 2018, and started at NAPCO…
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Let's Make 2019 the Year of No Fear!

Happy New Year Inner Circle readers! I hope you had a great holiday season and are ready to get back to being the fabulous women professionals you know you are! Before I start going deep into my 2019 resolution planning, this year I’m taking a step back to reflect on how 2018 went before starting…
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Inner Circle Q&A: Sheryl Perlow, Creator, Wicked Awesome Brownie

Meet Sheryl Perlow, creator of Wicked Awesome Brownie, the luscious brownie that was one of the goodies in the swag bag at the Women in Retail Leadership Circle: On the Road event in New York City. Sheryl is the subject of our latest installment of the Inner Circle Q&A!  Melissa Campanelli: Tell us about your background.…
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