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A Chat With Cindy DiPietrantonio, President of Alex and Ani, Part 1

We're excited to share part one of a two-part interview with Cindy DiPietrantonio, president of Alex and Ani, an omnichannel retailer of meaningful, eco-conscious jewelry and accessories to positively empower and connect humanity (and a keynote speaker at the 2017 Women in Retail Summit!). Prior to joining Alex and Ani in November 2016, Cindy served as interim…
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Game Changers: Aarthi Ramamurthy, Founder and CEO, Lumoid

This article originally appeared in the cover story of Total Retail’s Summer issue, Game Changers. (Total Retail is the sister publication of Women in Retail Leadership Circle.) In this excerpt from the cover story, Aarthi Ramamurthy, founder and CEO of Lumoid, a try-before-you-buy service for digital cameras and accessories, was interviewed.  Total Retail: Where did…
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'Tis the Season to Tailgate

Well, we don't know where the time went, but it's already September! As the leaves start to change colors, flavors turn into pumpkin spice and summer days turn into crisp autumn evenings, I thought I’d use this space to take a minute and share a few of the things we're looking forward to the most…
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I'm Excited to Be Moderating a Panel at GELF!

What are you doing tomorrow? If you’re in New York, make sure to check out the Global E-Commerce Leaders Forum (GELF), which every September brings online retailers and global brands together to discuss international e-commerce trends, global e-commerce strategy and tactical cross-border best practices. Attendees will spend the day discussing proven and emerging international e-commerce market…
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Game Changers: Tyler Haney, Founder and CEO, Outdoor Voices

This article originally appeared in the cover story of Total Retail’s Summer issue, Game Changers. (Total Retail is the sister publication of Women in Retail Leadership Circle.) In this excerpt from the cover story, Tyler Haney, founder and CEO of Outdoor Voices , a retailer of technical apparel for recreation, was interviewed.  Total Retail: Where did…
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Reprioritize Your Exercise Routine in 5 Easy Steps

We all know that exercise is good for us. We know we should do it. Exercise makes us healthier, mentally and physically, more energetic, and happier. However, new research shows exercise also impacts the way we think. An article in the Harvard Business Review states that there’s a direct link between our “mental firepower” and…
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To the Cosmos!!

My husband and kids decided that it would be “fun” to camp out in Hartville, Wyoming (population: 62) to watch the solar eclipse on Aug. 21. For me, camping means opening the window at the motel. When I found out that our campsite wouldn’t have electricity, cell phone service or bathrooms, I was … well,…
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Game Changers: Heidi Zak, Co-Founder and CEO, ThirdLove

This article originally appeared in the cover story of Total Retail’s Summer issue, Game Changers. (Total Retail is the sister publication of Women in Retail Leadership Circle.) In this excerpt from the cover story, Heidi Zak, co-founder and CEO of ThirdLove, a retailer that sells bras designed for the modern woman, was interviewed.  Total Retail:…
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Good Morning!

We're crossing off one item at a time on our summer bucket list as the season winds down (say it ain't so!). For a few of us on the WIRLC team, this means road trips with family and friends! While I'm always down for a great road trip, there's only so many times you can…
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'Male Attitudes' is Top Reason Why There Are So Few Women CEOs, Survey Finds

A new survey from The Rockefeller Foundation found that male attitudes in the workplace is a top reason why there are so few female CEOs. Sixty-five percent of those surveyed said the attitudes of men in top leadership positions are a barrier to female leadership. A striking 90 percent of women said attitudes of men…
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Game Changer: Shan-Lyn Ma, Founder and CEO, Zola

This article originally appeared in the cover story of Total Retail's Summer issue, Game Changers. (Total Retail is the sister publication of Women in Retail Leadership Circle.) In this excerpt from the cover story, Shan-Lyn Ma, co-founder and CEO of Zola, a company reinventing the wedding planning and registry experience with a free suite of…
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More Girl Talks News!

A few weeks ago I offered some news around the Women in Retail Leadership Circle's (WIRLC) New York City and San Francisco "Girl Talks" events, taking place on Oct. 3 and Oct. 23, respectively. I explained that WIRLC's Girl Talks are networking and dinner events designed to get you thinking, get you talking and, most of…
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Game Changers: Jen Rubio and Stephanie Korey, Co-Founders, Away

This article originally appeared in the cover story of Total Retail's Summer issue, Game Changers. (Total Retail is the sister publication of Women in Retail Leadership Circle.) In this excerpt of the cover story, Jen Rubio and Stephanie Korey, co-founders of direct-to-consumer luggage brand Away, are interviewed on topics ranging from their plan to scale the business for future growth to what traditional retailers can learn from the startup to what their favorite hobbies are.
 

The Inner Circle Q&A: Erica Geil, Vice President, Global Engineering Operations, Groupon

We will be featuring Women in Retail Leadership Circle members and advisory board members in Inner Circle Q&As over the next several months. We want you to get to know our members! The interviews will highlight what makes our members so special, from their leadership styles to their favorite vacation spots and everything in between. This week’s Q&A is with Erica…
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The Treat Yo'Self Principle

Everyone knows the saying — work hard, play hard. Time and again, we save up our Netflix binging and girls night out for weekends when we've finished all of our work and sifted through (almost) all of our emails. The first thought that comes to mind is you don't want your vacation to be spoiled…
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WIRLC Board Member Accepts Big Brothers Big Sisters Award on Behalf of Alex and Ani

We here at the Inner Circle love to feature our board members and members, and especially love it when we can highlight them because they’re involved in something special. Well, Katherine Bahamonde Monasebian, a Women in Retail Leadership Circle advisory board member and executive with Alex and Ani, recently told us about something special she experienced. Monasebian…
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The Inner Circle Q&A: Ivka Adam, Founder and CEO, Iconery

We will be featuring Women in Retail Leadership Circle members and advisory board members in Inner Circle Q&As over the next several months. We want you to get to know our members! The interviews will highlight what makes our members so special, from their leadership styles to their favorite vacation spots and everything in between. This week’s Q&A is with Ivka…
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Get Ready for Girl Talks!

It may still be the lazy, hazy days of summer, but us here at the Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) are in big-time planning mode, getting ready for our New York City and San Francisco "Girl Talks" events, taking place on Oct. 3 and Oct. 23, respectively. For those of you who may not know,…
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The Inner Circle Q&A: Ivy Chin, Divisional Senior Vice President, Digital, PetSmart

We will be featuring Women in Retail Leadership Circle members and advisory board members in Inner Circle Q & As over the next several months. We want you to get to know them! The interviews will highlight what makes our members so special--from their leadership styles to their favorite vacation spots and everything in between. This week’s Q&A features a conversation…
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Good Morning!

I must admit, I'm not always a morning person. This is especially true on rainy mornings (such as this week), when it's tempting to keep hitting the snooze button. It always seems to take at least three cups of coffee to get my day started. However, after talking about this with a friend of mine…
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Number of Women Retail Speakers Grow at GrowCommerce

I attended a retail tech conference in New York City last week called GrowCommerce and was happy to see there were many women in retail and e-commerce speaking there. According to a blog post by Veronika Sonsev, one of the organizers of the event, this was by design. In fact, this year the GrowCommerce team…
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The Inner Circle Q&A: Christina Mercando d'Avignon, Founder and CEO, Ringly

This week’s Inner Circle Q&A features a conversation with Christina Mercando d'Avignon, founder and CEO of Ringly, a New York City-based company composed of designers and engineers dedicated to blending fashion and technology in meaningful ways. [caption id="attachment_6756" align="aligncenter" width="401"] Credit: Ringly[/caption] Melissa Campanelli: Tell me about your background. Christina Mercando d'Avignon: My passion for…
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How Do You Hire?

One of my favorite things to do on Sunday mornings is reach for the Business section of The New York Times and check out Adam Bryant's Corner Office column. It's a Q&A-style interview with interesting CEOs (many of them women!), and it's always chock-full of great leadership lessons and management tips. Plus, it's presented in an…
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The Inner Circle Q&A: Michelle Crawford, Jessica Kane, Co-Founders of Society+

In this new series, the Women in Retail Leadership Circle interviews leaders that inspire us. This week features Michelle Crawford and Jessica Kane, co-founders of Society+, a plus-size women's apparel company.  Melissa Campanelli: Please tell us about Society+. What does the company sell, and how is it different from what's out there? Michelle Crawford: We're a…
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Wal-Mart Launches Women's Empowerment Platform

Last week, Wal-Mart launched a digital platform for women to share tips and learnings that grew from its five-year Women's Empowerment Initiative, launched in 2011. Over the last six years, Wal-Mart has sourced more than $20 billion in products from women-owned businesses, increased sourcing from women-owned businesses internationally, and trained more than 1 million women worldwide who…
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