Leadership

How to Deal With Professional Heartbreak

I remember earlier in my career when I received a terrible review. It was in the middle of some department changes and product launches, and I was working so hard. As an "A" student my whole life, this was equivalent to getting a "C-." I was devastated, and it’s not the only time I and…
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The Leadership Styles of the Top Women in Retail 2018

Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) and our sister publication, Total Retail, are proud to present our eighth annual list of the Top Women in Retail. This year's list features a who's who of top female executives in the retail industry. Below, a select group of honorees share their answers to the question, "How would…
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Women Rule at the NRF Big Show

Were any of you at the National Retail Federation's (NRF) Big Show in New York City this week? If you were, you may have noticed something a bit different than what you may have seen lately at other conferences and trade shows (ahem, CES) … lots of women speakers and keynote speakers! In fact, Monday…
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How Successful, Effective Feedback Improves Performance Results and Business

Great teams are the heart and soul of any organization, especially teams that learn and grow together. One game-changing opportunity for 2018 to nurture teams and better work relationships is the willingness to give timely and effective feedback to your colleagues. We probably all give subtle hints and even downright direct comments when needed. However,…
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A Retailer’s Guide to a Hit Pop-Up Shop

In today’s competitive retail environment, pop-up shops are all the rage, granting shoppers an inside look at their favorite products and the chance to forge deeper brand relationships through unique experiences. From fragrance labs to art installations, pop-up shops — i.e., short-term sales and experiential spaces that serve as real-world brand activations — have already…
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This is How Miki Racine Berardelli Builds Company Culture

At the Women in Retail Leadership Circle's Girl Talks East event in New York City last month, Miki Racine Berardelli, chief executive officer at KIDBOX, a kid's style box that delivers cool brands, shared her simple yet profound secret to building and defining a corporate culture. Berardelli explained to the group an exercise she developed…
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Good Morning, November

The first day of a new month always feels like a fresh start … I love it. As we all put the Halloween decorations away and swap out jack-o-lanterns for pumpkin pies, I can't help but look ahead and get excited for the holiday season. Yes, it's early, but they will be here before we…
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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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Way to Go Chico's!

Chico's FAS, a great friend and supporter of the Women in Retail Leadership Circle, was one of 32 companies honored last week by the Women Executive Leadership organization of Florida at its 2017 Corporate Salute Elevate Awards for the advancement of gender diversity in the boardroom and the C-suite. The nonprofit organization reviews regulatory filings…
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Why Women Rule!

The Inner Circle staff is at Shop.org in Los Angeles this week, and we're mightily impressed with all the women speakers here! Our favorite session so far, Women Rule: Entrepreneurial Inspiration, featured the female founders and CEOs behind Beautycounter, Minted and theSkimm. These extraordinary women shared how they've developed their entrepreneurial brands, among other nuggets of…
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