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Online Forums? Yes, Please!

Hello Inner Circle readers! I wanted to let you know about a feature available to our Women in Retail Leadership Circle members that you may not be aware of: Online Forums. The forums are designed to provide our membership community with a way to connect with each other. They are fantastic tools to swap ideas,…
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Perfecting the Unboxing Experience is Do or Die for E-Tailers

The retail world has been cleverly avoiding the icy grip of the grim reaper for several years now. As consumers continue to shift their whims and wallets with just a few clicks, the reports of retail’s demise and potential rebirth keep coming. After spending a week with some of the leading executives of retail companies…
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Job of the Week: Vice President of Marketing, Soma

Hello Inner Circle readers! Soma is searching for the perfect vice president of marketing. Could it be you? Check out all the details below! Title: Vice President of Marketing Reports to: Mary van Praag, President, Soma Opportunity: The vice president of marketing is responsible for developing and leading Soma's omnichannel marketing activities in an effort to…
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Tech Spotlight: Partner at Hunton Andrews Kurth on the Balance Between Innovative Technology and Customer Privacy

In this video from the Women in Retail Leadership Summit, Phyllis Marcus, partner at Hunton Andrews Kurth, a global law firm that handles transactional, litigation and regulatory matters for clients in myriad industries, including retail and consumer product goods, discusses retail's legislative pain points, including customer data and privacy; the use of blockchain to more effectively…
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Tuning in to WIRLC Members’ Favorite Podcasts

Good morning ladies! There's something about the sweetness of summer that makes us smile. Here at Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC), we’re tuning out bad vibes and listening to some of our board members’ favorite podcasts on life, leadership and taking the next steps in your career. One of our fabulous members (and founding…
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The Inner Circle Q&A: Jen Forman, Founder and CEO, Charlotte's Closet

Meet Jen Forman, the founder and CEO of Charlotte's Closet, an online platform where teens can borrow designer dresses for every occasion at a fraction of the retail cost. Jen is the subject of our latest installment of the Inner Circle Q&A! When yet another party invitation arrived for her young daughter, Charlotte, Jen dreaded…
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WIRLC Road Trip!

On the road again … can't wait to get back on the road again …  We're taking Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) on the road with our upcoming On the Road series. I know your first thought is how Kerouac of us, right? (JK ...) But really, we heard you and we're bringing a new version of…
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Job of the Week: Senior Director of E-Commerce, Content and Merchandising Strategy, Dick's Sporting Goods

This week's job posting comes via Eileen Rodgers Meade, vice president of e-commerce and customer service at Dick's Sporting Goods, and Women in Retail Leadership Circle Advisory Board member! Dick’s Sporting Goods, the sporting goods retailer offering brand-name sporting goods equipment, apparel and footwear in a specialty store environment, is in search of the perfect…
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Women in Retail Leadership Circle Member News!

Hello Inner Circle readers! This week we thought we'd spend some time focusing on some great news we have about several of our members. Read on! Ivy Chin has joined American Tire Distributors Inc. (ATD) as its chief digital and technology officer. In this newly created role, Ivy will be responsible for driving (pun intended!) ATD’s…
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Tech Spotlight: GPShopper on Why it's Important to Have Women in Leadership Roles

In this video from the Women in Retail Leadership Summit, Maya Mikhailov, chief marketing officer at GPShopper, a mobile technology solutions provider, discusses retailer pain points — automating personalization, fighting for consumer attention; retail technology trends; and the value of having women in leadership roles, particularly in the retail industry.  
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Top Women in Retail Share Their Leadership Tips

In the video below, a trio of this year's Top Women in Retail honorees, as recognized by the Women in Retail Leadership Circle's sister publication, Total Retail, including Carrie Ask, executive vice president and president, global retail, Levi Strauss & Co.; Paula Bennett, former CEO of J.Jill; and Shea Jensen, senior vice president, customer experience,…
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Exciting New Retail Tech Event Coming to Dallas in September!

Hello Inner Circle readers! I wanted to use this space today to let you all know about a new event our sister brand, Total Retail, is hosting that I'm super excited about! It's called Total Retail Tech, and is taking place from Sept. 18-20 at the Highland Hotel in Dallas! Why am I so excited about it? Well, for…
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Tech Spotlight: D2L Shares How Technology Can Help Create the Next Generation of Leaders

In this special episode of Women in Retail Talks, Tamara Niesen, senior product marketing manager at D2L, a smart learning platform, talks about how technology can help brands improve their employees’ career prospects; retail technology trends, including the future of blockchain; inspirations in her career; and the value of diversity within corporate leadership. This episode…
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Job of the Week: Vice President of Marketing, Lilly Pulitzer

Hello Inner Circle readers! Lilly Pulitzer, the famed women's apparel and resort wear company, is in search of the perfect vice president of marketing. Check out all the details below! Title: Vice President of Marketing Reports to: CEO Michelle Kelly Opportunity: The vice president of marketing will have overall responsibility for building Lilly Pulitzer's communications (all forms), branding,…
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Do You Want to Write for the Inner Circle?

We here at the Inner Circle are always striving to provide insight and advice that's both thought-provoking and useful to our readers and Women in Retail Leadership Circle members. In fact, we work hard each week to create an e-newsletter that we hope leaves you feeling inspired, empowered and maybe a little smarter. To that…
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Jan Singer Shares Her Secrets to Leadership Success

In the video below, Jan Singer, CEO of Victoria's Secret Lingerie, shares her top leadership tips and more. Women in Retail Leadership Circle interviewed Singer at this year's Outstanding Mother Awards event in New York City, where she was being honored along with Chelsea Clinton, vice chair, Clinton Foundation; Artemis Patrick, chief merchandising officer, Sephora; and…
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All About Book Club

"A well-read woman is a dangerous creature." — Lisa Kleypas It's that time of year again. While last weekend was the unofficial start to summer, we've already broken out the flip-flops, hung up the hammock and made a list of top summer reads. We're getting ready for June with the three great reads below. Have…
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Job of the Week: Senior Director of Customer Engagement, Sally Beauty Holdings

Hello Inner Circle readers! Sally Beauty Holdings, Inc., the professional beauty supply company with annual sales of $5 billion, is in search of the perfect director of customer engagement. Here are the details! — Melissa Title: Senior Director of Customer Engagement Reports to: General Vice President of Marketing, Chris Kobus The Opportunity: Senior Director of Customer Engagement is…
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This content is for members only 2018 Women in Retail Leadership Summit Keynotes

Check out all of the keynotes from this year's Women in Retail Leadership Summit!
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Tech Spotlight: DynamicAction CMO on Tech Trends, Inspiration and the Value of Workplace Diversity

In this special edition of Women in Retail Talks, Sarah Engel, chief marketing officer at DynamicAction, an analytics solution provider, talks about retail technology trends, including the future of blockchain; inspirations in her career; and the value of diversity within corporate leadership. This episode was recorded at this year's fifth annual Women in Retail Leadership…
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The Inner Circle Q&A: Trusst Lingerie Founder and CEO Shares Her Startup Story

We're excited to present to you our newest installment of the Inner Circle Q&A, which features interviews with Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) members, advisory board members and ladies who lead. This week’s Q&A is with Sophia Berman, founder and CEO of Trusst Lingerie. Leveraging a degree in industrial design from Carnegie Mellon, Berman…
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Happy Spring!

Spring has sprung (at least in New York!), and we here at the Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) and the Inner Circle are excited about the season ahead! We're also excited about the following WIRLC events on the horizon: Women in Retail Leadership Circle | On the Road events. These one-day events, taking place in…
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How Jane Elfers Turned Around The Children’s Place

Jane Elfers has delivered several years of industry-leading shareholder returns since joining The Children’s Place as president and CEO in 2010. But how did she do it, especially since the company had been on a downward trajectory for several years when she joined? According to a discussion Elfers had with Robin Lewis, CEO, The Robin…
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Life Lessons From Some Outstanding Mothers

To all the working moms out there, I hope you all had a wonderful Mother's Day! Before I was a mom, I used to pooh-pooh the holiday, saying it was just a consumerist idea. But now that I'm a mom (to Caroline, 14 and Christopher, 13), I really embrace the holiday. I mean, moms should…
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I Got it From My Mama

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” — Eleanor Roosevelt I know the Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) ladies have likely heard this quote before :) Not only is it a strong set of words to live by, but it's also a mantra the WIRLC team strives for…
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