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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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Rocksbox Founder and CEO Shares Her Top Leadership Tip

In this video, filmed last month at the fifth annual Women in Retail Leadership Summit in Miami, Meaghan Rose, founder and CEO of Rocksbox, shares her inspiration for launching the jewelry subscription service, her thoughts on the top retail trends of 2018, and her advice on maintaining work-life balance.
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Creating an Attitude of Gratitude

Ah, May. There's something about the longer days and warmer weather as spring starts to take hold that feels like a restart button. Maybe it's the change of season, or maybe we're still reminiscing and feeling pretty inspired from the fifth annual Women in Retail Leadership Summit and all of the incredible women we met,…
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Scenes From the Summit

I don't know about you, but we're still reminiscing over how wonderful the fifth annual Women in Retail Leadership Summit was! As we look back at poolside connections with our fabulous attendees, quote some of our favorite speakers, and rock some of the beautiful SWAG we received (amirite ;), we took a moment to share…
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Needed: Chief Joy Officers

Those of us who attended this year’s Women in Retail Leadership Summit in Miami were certain of one thing — it was one JOYFUL gathering! So many smart women under one roof and blue sky! Joy-filled connections from past relationships, joy-filled introductions amongst new friends. Honest, heartfelt, inspiring presentations that shared both worklife joys and…
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Words of Wisdom From the Women in Retail Leadership Summit

How has it already been a week since the #WIRSummit?! We have so many favorite memories from the Summit, so we thought we'd share some of them with you. Here are some of the words of wisdom from our phenomenal speakers at this year's Women in Retail Leadership Summit. Tell us some of your favorite…
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Still Feeling the Summit Love

It's been almost a week since the close of the fifth annual Women in Retail Leadership Summit (WIRLS), and we here at the Inner Circle are still on cloud nine! Jen and I have been flooded with lovely thank-you emails and messages from attendees, speakers and sponsors, and we've read and responded to each and every…
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We Just Wanted to Say …

THANK YOU! As the fifth annual Women in Retail Leadership Summit (WIRLS) comes to a close, the entire Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) team wanted to take a minute to say thank you to all of our fabulous speakers, attendees and sponsors. WIRLC started five years ago with the goal of supporting and advocating for…
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Confidence Drives Build-A-Bear Workshop’s CEO's Success

In a keynote presentation yesterday at the Women in Retail Leadership Summit in Miami, sponsored by Synchrony, Sharon Price John, CEO of Build-A-Bear Workshop, gave an inspiring speech that ended with attendees giving her a standing ovation. John described her unlikely path to success in the world of advertising and retail, and offered insights from…
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Jessica Herrin, Founder and CEO of Stella & Dot, Shares Her Personal Journey

There have been countless inspiring stories from the fifth annual Women in Retail Leadership Summit (WIRLS), but one that truly sticks out was the presentation given by Jessica Herrin, CEO and Founder of Stella & Dot, a jewelry company that has recently expanded into skincare with Ever Skincare. Herrin founded Stella & Dot in 2013,…
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Party in the City Where the Heat is On …

Hey ladies! We're less than a week out from being in sunny Miami at the Women in Retail Leadership Summit (WIRLS), and I for one can't wait! With all of the fabulous networking opportunities at the Summit, we know WIRLS can be a bit of a whirlwind (see what I did there ;). Below are a…
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Gender Pay Scorecard Reveals Failing Remarks for Walmart, Facebook

79,205 days, 2,604 months, or otherwise known as 217 years. This is the estimated time it would currently take to close the gender wage gap. More than two lifetimes. Yesterday, to coincide with International Equal Pay Day, Arjuna Capital and Proxy Impact released their first annual Gender Pay Scorecard (GPS) report, which analyzed and ranked…
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Welcome New Members!

We've had quite a few executive women join Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) recently, so, even though we feature new members each week in the Inner Circle, I thought I'd use this space to welcome them. They include: Rachel Feingold, vice president, home store, Century 21 Department Stores; Collette Vaughan, director, e-commerce operations, West Marine;…
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Workplace Training Brings Competitive Advantage for Retailers

Demand is at an all-time high for brick-and-mortar retailers to cut costs, reduce shrink, challenge their online competition, grow omnichannel, and improve customer experience amidst the changing landscape of retail. To empower workers to be a driving force in meeting and exceeding these demands, while remaining competitive, savvy retailers must give their employees relevant on-the-job…
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Inner Circle Q&A: Annie Selke, Founder & CEO, The Annie Selke Companies

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 WIRLC member Annie Selke, founder and CEO of The Annie Selke Companies. For more than 20 years, Annie and…
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See You on the Beach!

How did it get to be almost April?! I'm not sure where March went, but I'm excited April is fast approaching. I'm ready to trade in my snow boots for flip-flops at the (sold out!) fifth annual Women in Retail Leadership Summit in Miami! We can’t believe it’s already been five years, but are over-the-moon…
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Christine Hunsicker, CEO, Gwynnie Bee, Talks New B-to-B Technology

At the 2018 Shoptalk conference in Las Vegas, Christine Hunsicker, CEO of Gwynnie Bee, an online clothing subscription service for women, gave insight into her new company, B-to-B platform Caastle, as well as what the future holds for Gwynnie Bee.
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Report: Turnover Rate for Women Execs in Retail Higher Than Men

One of our Girls’ Lounge @ Shoptalk partners (see article above), the Network of Executive Women (NEW), released an interesting study this week that found the turnover rate among women, especially women executives, in retail and consumer goods is much higher than among men. The report, The Female Leadership Crisis, published in partnership with Mercer…
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The Girls’ Lounge @ Shoptalk Was a Huge Success!

Hello Inner Circle readers! I'm so excited to share that the inaugural Girls’ Lounge @ Shoptalk was a huge success! At last count about 500 women (and men!) walked through the doors of the Girls’ Lounge @ Shoptalk, and by all accounts everyone enjoyed their experience! Besides some fun activations (e.g., free professional headshots) as well…
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