Hello Inner Circle Readers!

By: Melissa Campanelli

Lots of exciting things happening at the Women in Retail Leadership Circle right now — as usual!

For one, we’re in the midst of planning our fourth annual Women in Retail Leadership Summit, which is taking place in Miami at the Four Seasons from April 26-28. We already have some fantastic speakers lined up, including Becky Gebhardt, executive vice president and chief marketing officer, Lands’ End; Miki Racine Berardelli, CEO, Kidbox; Sam Norpel, vice president, digital commerce, David’s Bridal; Kathy Doyle Thomas, chief strategy officer, Half Price Books; and Lisa Gavales, president and CEO, Things Remembered.

Have you registered yet? If not, here’s the link. Note, this year we have special pricing for groups and retail startups that are less than two-years-old and have raised less than $1 million in funding. Check it out!

We’re also planning some fun member meet-ups in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York City and Boston in the first quarter of 2017. We will let our members know more about these events when we get closer to them. And for those readers who aren’t yet members and would like to be involved, please feel free to join the Women in Retail Leadership Circle today!

Additionally, we have a plethora of member news to report! For starters, Shelley Broader, WIRLC member and president and CEO of Chico’s FAS, is the newest member of the national board of advisors at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla. The Moffitt advisory board is made up of 30 executives from across the country who offer their expertise and counsel on issues related to the center.

Also, Ivy Chin, WIRLC board member, has signed on as divisional senior vice president of digital for PetSmart. Prior to joining PetSmart, Ivy was the senior vice president of e-commerce for Belk.

And finally, Tricia Nichols, a WIRLC member who held positions recently at the Gap and Under Armour, is now the vice president of global consumer marketing at Estée Lauder. Congrats to all!

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