Career Development

Think Local, Act Global: An Interview With Ann Wang of Enrou

Enrou is a central marketplace for fashionable products that empower communities around the world. In a retail environment that's dancing on the line of using charities as a marketing strategy and actually supporting them, enrou's business model is based solely on helping others. Which is probably why it won Forbe's 30 Under 30 $400,000 Pressure Cooker competition in Philadelphia last month. Twenty-three year old co-founder and CEO of enrou, Ann Wang, sat down with WIRLC to discuss the brand's mission and how it plans to expand it's impact over the next few years.
 

Life Lessons From Diane von Furstenberg

Yesterday I attended a great conference, the OPEN for Women: CEO BootCamp, which was held in New York City. The event, hosted by American Express OPEN, the small business division of the financial services company, was designed to teach women entrepreneurs the fundamental pillars for successful ventures: confidence, competence and connections. A highlight of the…
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Inspirational Thoughts From the Makers: Women in Business Documentary, Part 1

I was lucky enough to recently come upon a great documentary online called "Makers: Women in Business." (It also aired on PBS on Oct. 28.) The six-part Makers documentary series, a joint project between PBS, AOL and filmmaker Dyllan McGee, is about the women's movement and female pioneers. The Women in Business installment offered insights…
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Don't Fall Off the Glass Cliff

Much has been made about the lack of women in C-level positions at Fortune 500 companies — and in particular, retail companies. Less has been made about the fact that on the rare occasions women ascend to these top positions that they’re more likely to be fired than their male counterparts. The phenomenon has been termed the “glass cliff” by a pair of psychology professors — Michelle Ryan, Alexander Haslam — who did research on the subject.
 

Is Egg Freezing a Perk for You?

Earlier this month, news came out that two Silicon Valley giants, Apple and Facebook, offer women employees a game-changing perk: it will pay for them to freeze their eggs. Facebook recently began covering egg freezing, and Apple will start in January, spokespeople for the companies told NBC News. The companies offer egg-freezing coverage under slightly different terms: Apple covers employees’ costs — as well as the female partners of employees — under its fertility benefit, while Facebook covers it under its surrogacy benefit. Both companies will pay up to $20,000 in benefits.
 

Container Store CEO: ‘Women Make Better Executives Than Men’

Kip Tindell, the founder, chairman and CEO of The Container Store, a company that sells storage and organization solutions, has been making some audacious statements as he promotes his new book, “Uncontainable: How Passion, Commitment, and Conscious Capitalism Built a Business Where Everyone Thrives.” Among them: that women make better executives than men. With roughly…
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Things Remembered Names WIRLC Board Member Lisa Gavales President, CEO

Things Remembered, an omnichannel retailer that sells personalized gifts, has named Lisa Gavales as its new president and CEO. Gavales, who will begin at the company on Nov. 10, replaces Michael Anthony, who has been with the company for the past eight years. Anthony will remain with Things Remembered as the chairman of the board.…
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BaubleBar's Amy McDowell on the Power of Peers

For BaubleBar, an online retailer founded in 2011 by Amy Jain and Daniella Yacobovsky that sells high-quality jewelry at an affordable price, peer influence is a powerful selling tool. "We understand that the best style guidance for consumers comes from peers," said Amy McDowell, vice president of digital marketing at BaubleBar, who spoke on a…
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Retail With a Greater Purpose

This article originally appeared in Retail Online Integration, the Women in Retail Leadership Circle's founding brand. Jewelry and design have always been a part of Carolyn Rafaelian's life. Her father, Ralph, opened a jewelry manufacturing business in 1966. It was there that Carolyn developed her love of design. In addition to designing pieces for her…
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