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All About the Pies

Thanksgiving, a time for family, friends and gratitude. (And, if you're hosting, pure chaos:) The Women in Retail Leadership Circle wants to wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving filled with love, lots of laughs, and a cocktail or two. We can't wait to kick off the holiday season and share what we have in…
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Giving Thanks

Good morning Inner Circle readers! I thought this week I'd take a moment to thank all of the fantastic and inspiring people who help make the Inner Circle — and the Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) — such a wonderful place to be. They include: our fabulous WIRLC board of advisors, who are so generous…
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Job of the Week!

We’re excited to present to you our new feature, Inner Circle’s Job of the Week. We regularly hear about great job opportunities, so we decided start a section in our e-newsletter each week that highlights some of our favorites. This week's job opening is vice president, raw materials and color at Chico’s FAS. Here are…
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How to Receive a Compliment 101

Ever notice how easy it is to give a compliment to a best friend but not receive one? "I love your jacket!" "This old thing? It's cute but it looked cuter on the mannequin." We've all been there. In fact, according to a recent survey conducted by Glamour and L’Oréal Paris, only 31 percent of…
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Attention Retailers: Be Mindful of Your Moments

In less than six weeks, this retail holiday season will be over. The season you and your brand leaders have strategized, forecasted, sweated over and meticulously orchestrated. No doubt, right now all hands are on deck as calls, orders and customers walk through your doors or enter your web portals. I wish you well. I hope you finish strong. I just hope you don’t forget this one very important thing.
 

This is How Miki Racine Berardelli Builds Company Culture

At the Women in Retail Leadership Circle's Girl Talks East event in New York City last month, Miki Racine Berardelli, chief executive officer at KIDBOX, a kid's style box that delivers cool brands, shared her simple yet profound secret to building and defining a corporate culture. Berardelli explained to the group an exercise she developed…
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Registration for the 2018 Women in Retail Leadership Summit is Open

Hello ladies! I'm so excited to let you all know that registration for next year’s Women in Retail Leadership Summit is now open!! The Summit will take place April 16-18 at the Ritz-Carlton | Key Biscayne, Miami, an incredible luxury resort that offers miles of golden beaches that will be a treat for your toes!…
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Good Morning, November

The first day of a new month always feels like a fresh start … I love it. As we all put the Halloween decorations away and swap out jack-o-lanterns for pumpkin pies, I can't help but look ahead and get excited for the holiday season. Yes, it's early, but they will be here before we…
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Bias or Behavior?

I came across a really interesting Harvard Business Review (HBR) report recently, and I've been thinking about it quite a bit, so I thought I'd share it with you. The report tried to answer the following question: Is the reason women are underrepresented in the C-suite, in general receive lower salaries, and are less likely…
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This content is for members only Aliza Licht Talks About the Importance of Personal Brands at Girl Talks East

In this episode of Women in Retail Talks, Aliza Licht, PR veteran and best-selling author of "Leave Your Mark," shares tips on how to create a personal brand, work with influencers, and grow within your field. This episode was recorded live at Girl Talks East in New York City earlier this month. [audio mp3="http://www.wirlc.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/WIR_AlizaLicht-1.mp3"][/audio]
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4 Simple Ways to Cultivate More Joy & Fulfillment Into Your Life

When is the last time you felt joyful? I’m not talking about a general feeling of happiness. I’m talking about the feeling of being lit up from the inside out. Regardless of what’s going on around you, you feel like all is well. I’m sure that one of the many things that earned you your…
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Cubicle Jam: Your Go-To Halloween Playlist

It's that time of year again … chilly breeze in the air? Check. Over-the-top costume, preferably with a pop culture reference? Check. Pumpkin-shaped Reese's that are for the trick-or-treaters? Sorta check … (we may have snacked on a few:) The last thing needed for a bewitching Halloween season? The perfect playlist. Check out our top…
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The Inner Circle Q&A: Victoria Tsai, Founder and CEO of Tatcha Beauty

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 Victoria Tsai, founder and CEO of Tatcha…
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Way to Go Chico's!

Chico's FAS, a great friend and supporter of the Women in Retail Leadership Circle, was one of 32 companies honored last week by the Women Executive Leadership organization of Florida at its 2017 Corporate Salute Elevate Awards for the advancement of gender diversity in the boardroom and the C-suite. The nonprofit organization reviews regulatory filings…
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How the Role of a Retail Marketer Has Changed ... In 5 Words or Less

One of my favorite parts of Luxury Interactive, which I attended earlier this week in New York City, was hearing a panel of retail and luxury marketing executives answer a simple question lobbed by the panel's moderator, W. Joe DeMiero, managing director of digital at advertising agency Team One. At the end of the “Heads…
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The Write Stuff

There’s nothing better then cozying up with a book on a Sunday in the fall. Snuggled under a blanket with hot coffee while the crisp air blows ... it's the best! Well, at least for most of us. The other week the National Book Foundation announced the 20 finalists for the 2017 National Book Awards.…
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Why Women Need Meditation

Women are moving ahead at a faster pace than ever in the workforce. As of 2015, about 70 percent of women with children under age 18 were in the workforce. The U.S. Department of Labor reports that in 1975, only 47.4 percent of mothers with children under the age of 18 were in the workforce.…
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We've Come a Long Way, Baby!

The Women in Retail Leadership Summit (WIRLS) is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year! Can you believe it? It's been five years since we started connecting women leaders in the retail space at a gathering in Miami. Since that first Summit in April 2014, WIRLS has tripled in size! And we're open for business! The 2018…
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‘When They Go Low, We Go High’

One of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite people :) Yesterday, Philadelphia become the city of sisterly love as it hosted the 14th annual Pennsylvania Conference for Women. With 12,000 women strong, the event is the largest annual gathering of women in the country. This year's speaker lineup included fabulous women such as…
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6 Secrets to Working Out Efficiently AND Effectively

In my last article, I offered you reasons to feel good about bumping exercise into a higher spot on your priority list. Now I want to share my secrets for maximizing your workout time so when you’re crunched for time, you can work out efficiently and effectively. Secret No. 1: Establish a Mind-Body Connection Are…
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Talbots’ New Campaign Rewrites What it Means to Be a ‘Lady’

How do you feel about the word "lady"? Does it make you think of a sisterhood of modern, real, confident women? The Beyoncé song "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)? How Michelle Obama reinvented what it means to be a First Lady? Ladies’ night out? If the word lady sparks any of these thoughts…
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Why Women Rule!

The Inner Circle staff is at Shop.org in Los Angeles this week, and we're mightily impressed with all the women speakers here! Our favorite session so far, Women Rule: Entrepreneurial Inspiration, featured the female founders and CEOs behind Beautycounter, Minted and theSkimm. These extraordinary women shared how they've developed their entrepreneurial brands, among other nuggets of…
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Harper Wilde’s Plan to #LiftUpTheLadies

Harper Wilde wants to “take the BS out of bra shopping.” “We want to create a brand that speaks to women the way they want to be spoken to,” said Jane Fisher, co-founder and co-CEO of Harper Wilde, an at-home bra try-on service, during her session on Tuesday at Shop.org in Los Angeles. The brand,…
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7 Springboards to Create Retail Stories, Surprises and Sales

In a recent article that appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Mark Tritton, Target's chief merchandising officer, talked about the dual importance of both “math and magic” as he leads the company’s development of innovative new products in several key categories. Big data must be combined with big creative in order to capture customers’ attention. At this…
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Be the Hero in Your Own Story

I don't know about you, but I love award shows. It's a tradition my best friend and I share. We talk which fashions we love most and our thoughts on the opening number while drinking "coffee" (aka a glass of wine). Watching the Emmy's this past Sunday, the routine was the same, however, the vibe…
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