Leadership

Wanted: Women Entrepreneurs

Ernst and Young released a report earlier this year stating that while women start businesses at 1.5 times the rate of men and are at least half-owners of 46 percent of privately held firms, only 2 percent of women-owned businesses in the U.S break $1 million in revenue. However, a recent study by French bank…
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How Normal is Doing Something Extraordinary

I had heard briefly about Normal, the manufacturer/retailer of tailor-made 3-D printed premium earphones, before its CEO and Founder Nikki Kaufman took to the stage at PSFK's Future of Retail Event in New York City on Nov. 14. But after hearing about the company in more detail, I was riveted.
 

Inspirational Thoughts From the Makers: Women in Business Documentary, Part 2

In part one of this two-part series about the "Makers: Women in Business" PBS documentary, I reviewed the profile done of Spanx Founder and Owner Sara Blakely. In the second and final part of this series, I focus on the documentary's profile of Rent the Runway Co-Founder and CEO Jennifer Hyman. In 2009, Hyman, along…
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Wal-Mart Invests in Women Employees Across the Globe

Women have traditionally been under-represented in manufacturing and factory jobs, with those positions typically filled by “more physically able” men. This is particularly true in some of the poorer countries around the world that manufacture goods for pennies on the dollar, including India, Bangladesh and China, among others. In fact, it’s rare for women in those countries to have jobs outside of the home at all.
 

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.
 

Rose Hamilton of Pet360 Talks Retail Leadership

In this video interview, Melissa Campanelli, co-founder of the Women in Retail Leadership Circle, discusses retail trends and leadership advice with Rose Hamilton, executive vice president and CEO of Pet360, an online resource for pet parents.
 

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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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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WIRLC Launch Party: How Naama Bloom Creates Customer Engagement

A highlight of the Women in Retail Leadership Circle launch party last week was the showing of a viral video ad called “First Moon Party,” that features a tween girl who fakes getting her period — to disastrous results.
 

WIRLC Launch Party: A Fireside Chat With Robin Domeniconi

At last week’s Women in Retail Leadership Circle launch party, Melissa Campanelli, co-founder of WIRLC, sat down with Robin Domeniconi, Rue La La’s Chief Marketing Officer, to discuss her thoughts on everything from brand storytelling, smart hiring techniques and linear thinking versus creative thinking.
 
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