Profiles

Women We Love

Who: Karen Katz, president and CEO, Neiman Marcus Why: For taking a risk and leading a major organizational change in how Neiman's brick-and-mortar and e-commerce teams interact. Neiman Marcus is a luxury retail brand known for $10,000 designer evening gowns and upscale department stores. To me, however, the most fabulous thing about Neiman Marcus is that it made…
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New American Apparel CEO Paula Schneider Faces Early Challenges

Talk about a chilly reception. Days after being named the new chief executive officer at fashion retailer American Apparel — upon the firing of its controversial former CEO and company founder Dov Charney — Paula Schneider is being met with significant resistance from managers at the brand. More than 30 of those executives asked American…
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(Re)Introducing Eloquii

Back in 2011, The Limited entered into the plus-size clothing market with the launch of Eloquii. During its year-and-a-half run, Eloquii gained quite a following. So when The Limited quietly closed the brand in the summer of 2013 to focus more on its original business, loyal customers were devastated. However, all was not lost. Instead…
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Women We Love

Who: Megan Smith, the former Google executive who is now the first female chief technology officer of the United States. Why: Well, besides being the first female CTO of the U.S., Smith has done some really cool stuff at Google and is set to make big changes at the White House. In September, the White…
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Women We Love

Who: Ivanka Trump, author, designer, real estate scion, CEO and founder of the Ivanka Trump Collection, principal of Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry, wife, mother, and now lifestyle entrepreneur. Why: For creating the ultimate destination for women who work.
 

Food52’s Amanda Hesser on How to Do Content and Commerce Right

In last week’s Inner Circle, I highlighted Amanda Hesser, the co-founder and CEO of Food52. Specifically, I covered Hesser's tips for starting a business, which she discussed at the OPEN for Women: CEO BootCamp in New York City earlier this month. This week, I focus on how Hesser has been able to blend content and commerce…
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Food52’s Amanda Hesser on Starting a Business

In last week’s Inner Circle, I wrote about a Q&A session with Diane von Furstenberg that took place during the OPEN for Women: CEO BootCamp in New York City. This week, I thought I’d discuss some of the insight I gleaned from another speaker at the event, Amanda Hesser, the co-founder and CEO of Food52,…
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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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