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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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Good Morning!

With longer days and warmer weather, sometimes summer gets a rep for being "lazy and hazy." However, Women in Retail Leadership Circle is gearing up for what's going to be a very busy season.  It could be some of the books we're reading (if you missed our favorites, you can check out the list here…
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There’s No 'I' in Team, Which is Largely Why Teams Succeed in Business

I grew up in a retail business in New York City ran by my grandmother and mother, both strong women. I, however, was more interested in studying how women manage their businesses than in inheriting the family firm. Therefore, I became an anthropologist, specializing in helping companies “see, feel and think” with fresh eyes so…
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The Inner Circle Q&A: Marie Tillman, Founder, Mac & Mia

In this new series, the Women in Retail Leadership Circle interview leaders that inspire us. This week features Marie Tillman, founder of Mac & Mia, a Chicago-based children's apparel service. Tillman is also co-founder and chairman of the Pat Tillman Foundation, named for her late husband, the former NFL player who died in Afghanistan after enlisting…
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13 Steps to Happy, Healthy Eating, Part 2

This is the second and final part of a two-part series. Part one ran in last week's issue of Inner Circle.    I’ve been committed to four things that have made a huge impact on my life: I eat food that nourishes my body and nurtures my soul, removing any guilt, disappointment or disgust. I…
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Summer Time, Summer Time, Sum-Sum-Summertime

Hello Inner Circle readers! I hope you're all having a great start to summer, and are taking time to stop and enjoy the warmth of the sun, whether at the beach or in your own backyard! (Can you believe July 4 has come and gone? I don't know about you, but the older I get, the…
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13 Steps to Happy, Healthy Eating, Part 1

This is part one of a two-part series. Look for part two, and tips 7-13, in the July 12 issue of Inner Circle.  To me, sitting down to enjoy a healthy, delicious meal is one of life’s sweetest pleasures. Just ask my family. They get a kick out of imitating me tilting my head back…
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WIRLC Book Club

Good morning ladies! While last week was the official start of summer, we've already broken in our flip-flops, hung up the hammock and made a list of top summer reads. We're gearing up for the long holiday weekend ahead with four of our favorite reads from the fabulous women below. Have a recommendation of a…
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BaubleBar Partners With FoodKick on a Fun Partnership!

We always love when we hear about cool new things our members our doing. So when we heard that Nina Alexander-Hurst, Women in Retail Leadership Circle board member and vice president of brand marketing at fashion jewelry retailer BaubleBar, was involved in a cool partnership, we reached out to her to learn more. BaubleBar and FoodKick by…
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Summit Flashback: Cindy DiPietrantonio, President, Alex and Ani

Cindy DiPietrantonio, president of jewelry brand Alex and Ani, gave a keynote presentation at the 2017 Women in Retail Leadership Summit. DiPietrantonio discussed her career path, starting as a clerk at The Jones Group and working her way up to chief operating officer at the company. During that journey, she learned the meaning of work/life balance…
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Happy First Day of Summer!

Hello Inner Circle readers, and happy first day of summer! While summer is a great time for a bit of rest and relaxation, it's also a time for busy executives like you to plan ahead for the crazy third and fourth quarters, as well as to spend some time thinking about your career and where…
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Women in Retail Tech: 3 Things I learned as a Woman Entrepreneur

Women have come a long way in terms of holding high-level business positions and entrepreneurial roles. Today, more than 9.4 million firms are owned by women, employing nearly 7.9 million people and generating $1.5 trillion in sales. Despite this great growth, retail technology is still one industry that's lacking sufficient gender diversity. Women account for…
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What Makes a Great Leader? These Top Women Retail Execs Know

In this video, five of the women featured in WIRLC's sister brand Total Retail's Top Women in Retail issue talk about leadership during the 2017 Women in Retail Leadership Summit. Becky Gebhardt, executive vice president and chief marketing officer of Lands' End; Natalie Marten-Fopeano, president and chief marketing officer of TUMI Outerwear; Stacey L. Renfro,…
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Perception Creates Reality, According to Barbara Corcoran

Hello Inner Circle readers! Not sure how many of you attended the Internet Retailer Conference and Exhibition (IRCE) last week in Chicago, but if you did, I hope you were able to catch special guest speaker Barbara Corcoran's presentation. Corcoran, as I'm sure you all know, is an entrepreneur, author and celebrity investor on ABC’s TV…
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Reach Your Goals With Barbara Bradley Baekgaard's Motto ‘Ready, Fire, Aim’

Barbara Bradley Baekgaard, co-founder, chief creative officer and director of Vera Bradley, explains her "ready, fire, aim" motto and how listening to it can help you achieve your goals, at the Women in Retail Leadership Summit.
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Something to 'Talk' About

Hello Lovely Inner Circle Readers! Wanted to tell you about Total Retail Talks LIVE!, the latest networking event from our sister brand, Total Retail. Total Retail Talks LIVE! is basically an amped up version of our well-known Total Retail Roundtable dinner events. Those invitation-only, complimentary dinners have been offering great educational panels about the state…
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Shelley Broader Recaps 1 Year at Chico's FAS

In this video recorded at the Women in Retail Leadership Summit earlier this year, Shelley Broader, president and CEO of Chico's FAS, reflects on her first year in that role as well as the accomplishments she's most proud of.
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Moving Your Needle From Fine to Fabulous

I’m passing out VIP tickets for the train to lasting, well-rounded wellness. They’re not for everyone. They’re for people who want to get off the short-term resolution train and hop on one that leads to a lifetime of greater health and well-being. People who want to turn up the quality of their life from fine…
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Total Retail Tech is Coming!

Hello Inner Circle readers! This week I wanted to tell you about an exclusive, all-expenses-paid event that our sister brand, Total Retail, is hosting in Miami this fall. The invitation-only summit (for men and women!)  is called Total Retail Tech: Connecting Retail Technology and Marketing, and it will offer attendees two days to learn from…
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Examining the Future of Workers in the Gig Economy

You may have heard of the gig economy and thought, here's just another buzzword with little immediate relevance to your work or retail business. You could be wrong. What is the Gig Economy? The gig economy is a labor market where short-term contracts and freelance work dominate as opposed to permanent and full-time jobs. The…
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Do You Work for a Transformational or Transactional Company?

I read a really interesting blog post earlier this month, and since I'm still thinking about it nearly two weeks later, I've decided to discuss it with you. It was written by one of my favorite people, Jules Pieri, co-founder and CEO of The Grommet, a company that launches undiscovered consumer products. Jules is also…
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How Rocksbox Plans to Grow its Subscription Box Service

At the Women in Retail Leadership Summit last month, Erin O'Leary, vice president of marketing at Rocksbox, discussed her company's jewelry subscription box service. In this video, O'Leary addresses growing Rocksbox's subscriber base and what role personalization will play in that.
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