Career Development

Welcome to 2018!

Greetings Inner Circle readers, and welcome to 2018. I hope the year ahead brings much success for you all, both personally and professionally. I thought I'd use this space to let you know about some of the events the Women in Retail Leadership Circle is feverishly working on for 2018. First up is the National Retail Federation’s Big…
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10 Tips to Transform Holiday Stress Back to Joyfulness

When I was a child, I loved Thanksgiving. We would spend the whole day playing with our cousins and enjoying all the best comfort foods. One of my favorite parts of the day was Thanksgiving morning. At 9:30 sharp, we’d turn on the Macy’s Day Parade. But it wasn’t the floats or the musical performances…
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Work/Life Balance Advice From 2017 ‘Outstanding Mother’ Honorees

Earlier this week, the Women in Retail Leadership Circle had the opportunity to attend the 2017 Outstanding Mother Awards. Four top women retail executives were honored — Jane Hertzmark Hudis, group president, The Estée Lauder Companies; Kate Oldham, senior vice president and general merchandise manager, beauty, lingerie and swim, Saks Fifth Avenue; Judy Schmeling, president…
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