Recent Podcast Episodes

Advice and Insights for Entrepreneurs From The Grommet's CEO Jules Pieri

In this episode of Women in Retail Talks, Melissa Campanelli, co-founder of Women in Retail Leadership Circle, speaks with Jules Pieri, co-founder and CEO of The Grommet, an online site that launches undiscovered and consumer products. Listen in as they discuss Jules' inspiration for starting The Grommet, her new book “How We Make Stuff Now,”…
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Tech Spotlight: Narvar Exec on Women Leaders She Admires in Retail and Beyond

In this episode of Women in Retail Talks, Melissa Campanelli, co-founder of the Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC), speaks with Elain Szu, vice president of marketing at Narvar, an e-commerce logistics and delivery experience platform. Listen in as Elain discusses how Narvar brings brand messaging front and center in every consumer touchpoint, where she…
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Tech Spotlight: First Data Exec on Retail Pain Points, Virtual Fraud, and Women Leaders in IT

In this episode of Women in Retail Talks, Melissa Campanelli, co-founder of the Women in Retail Leadership Circle, speaks with John Nicola, senior vice president of corporate institutional sales at First Data, a global merchant solutions and payment services provider. Listen in as John discusses the biggest pain points he sees retailers facing in 2019, the…
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Anheuser-Busch InBev Pushes for Women in E-Commerce, Diversity and Inclusion

In this episode of Women in Retail Talks, Women in Retail Leadership Circle Co-Founder Melissa Campanelli speaks with Carolyn Brown, head of e-commerce, North America, at Anheuser-Busch InBev, a global beverage and brewing company with over 500 brands. Listen in as they discuss AB InBev's focus on user experience technology, the opportunities for women in…
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Tech Spotlight: Acxiom Strategist on Advocating for Women Leaders in All Industries

In this episode of Women in Retail Talks, Melissa Campanelli, co-founder of the Women in Retail Leadership Circle, interviews Michelle Fitzpatrick, a retail and consumer industry strategist at Acxiom, a provider of people-based marketing solutions with a specific focus on retail organizations. Listen in as they discuss Michelle’s background and her role at Acxiom, the women…
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How Innovation and Change Motivates Soma's Leadership Team

In this episode of Women in Retail Talks, Melissa Campanelli, co-founder of the Women in Retail Leadership Circle, interviews Mary van Praag, brand president of Soma, a Chico's FAS intimate apparel brand. Listen in as they discuss Mary's journey to the retail industry, the biggest challenges she’s faced in her career, the professional accomplishments she’s most proud…
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Female Factor's CEO on How Retailers Can Appeal to Women

In this episode of Women in Retail Talks, Melissa Campanelli, co-founder of the Women in Retail Leadership Circle, speaks with Bridget Brennan, CEO of Female Factor and author of the recently published book, “Winning Her Business: How To Transform the Customer Experience for the World's Most Powerful Consumers.” Brennan discusses, among other things, how to win sales and…
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Elevate for Her Helping Women Gain Skills for Career Success

In this episode of Women in Retail Talks, Melissa Campanelli, co-founder of the Women in Retail Leadership Circle, speaks with Rhonda Moret, founder of Elevate for Her, a professional development organization designed to help women gain the skills, knowledge and confidence to succeed and compete with their male counterparts. Listen in as they discuss Rhonda’s…
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Innovation Women Leads the Charge for Female Speakers

In this episode of Women in Retail Talks, Melissa Campanelli, co-founder of the Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC), interviews Bobbie Carlton, founder of WIRLC partner Innovation Women, an online speaker's bureau for entrepreneurial and technical women. Listen in as Bobbie discusses why she founded Innovation Women; how the company is helping women find more speaking opportunities; and…
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Snowe Finds Success With Immersive Home Pop-Up Shops

In this episode of Women in Retail Talks, Melissa Campanelli, co-founder of the Women in Retail Leadership Circle, interviews Rachel Cohen, co-founder and co-CEO of Snowe, a direct-to-consumer homewares company that sells well-designed, high-quality home essentials. Listen in as Cohen discusses her motivation for founding Snowe, how she's using immersive home pop-up shops to market the brand, and…
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Sustainability at the Core of Coyuchi's Growth Strategy

In this episode of Women in Retail Talks, Melissa Campanelli, co-founder of the Women in Retail Leadership Circle, is joined by Eileen Mockus, president and CEO of Coyuchi, a mission-based natural and organic home textile company. Mockus discusses how Coyuchi introduced organic cotton linens to the U.S., why she joined the company, and what's next for…
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SomaINNOFIT Brings Innovative Tech to Bra Shopping

In this episode of Women in Retail Talks, Melissa Campanelli, co-founder of the Women in Retail Leadership Circle, is joined by Cristina Ceresoli, vice president of marketing for Soma, a Chico's FAS intimate apparel brand. Cristina discusses her role with Soma, the new SOMAINNOFIT smart bra, among other brand developments. This episode was recorded at the 2019 NRF Big Show in New…
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Retail Change Agents Share Their Stories With WIRLC

In this episode of Women in Retail Talks, Senior Content Strategist Caitlin Sullivan hosts a panel discussion with some of the retail industry's top change agents, including Erin Fujimoto, co-founder, Tommy John; Dawn Robertson, partner WHYZ Partners, and CEO, OCM, division of Spire Capital; Natalie Mackey, CEO, Glow Concept; and Michelle Cordeiro Grant, founder and…
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How Sweet it is to Be Sugarfina

In this episode of Women in Retail Talks, WIRLC Senior Content Strategist Caitlin Sullivan interviews Rosie O'Neill, co-founder and co-CEO of boutique candy company Sugarfina. In this exclusive interview, O'Neill shares the sweet beginnings of the brand (pun intended!), how experiential retail has changed the course of Sugarfina's future, and if she prefers margaritas to…
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This content is for members only WIR Member, Dara Meath, Shares the Top Technology Trends

In this episode of Women in Retail Talks, Women in Retail Leadership Circle's member, Dara Meath, vice president of e-commerce and marketing at Vince Camuto, shares the top technology trends happening in retail.
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Charles & Colvard CEO on the Challenges of Mentorship

In this episode of Women in Retail Talks, Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) Co-Founder Melissa Campanelli interviews Suzanne Miglucci, president and CEO of Charles & Covard, a jewelry retailer that specializes in sustainability. Miglucci shares her leadership and management style as well has her top mentorship tips, all recorded live at this year's Shop.org…
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Worth Collection President Shares Her Top Tip for Motivating a Team

In this episode of Women in Retail Talks, Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) Senior Content Strategist Caitlin Sullivan interviews Kelly Collins, president of Worth Collection, the parent company of luxury women's apparel brands Worth New York and W by Worth. Collins share her leadership style as well as her No. 1 tip for motivating…
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Prepare to Launch U Co-Founder Shares Tips on Re-Entry Into the Workforce

In this episode of Women in Retail Talks, Melissa Campanelli, co-founder of the Women in Retail Leadership Circle, interviews Susan Rietano Davey, co-founder of Prepare to Launch U, a women’s career re-entry course designed to guide women through the unique challenges of returning to the workforce after opting out to care for family. Davey discusses her and her co-founder's inspiration for starting Prepare to Launch U,…
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The Spice & Tea Exchange's CEO and COO Share the Importance of Partnerships

In this episode of Women in Retail Talks, Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) Senior Content Strategist Caitlin Sullivan interviews Amy Freeman, CEO, and Penny Rehling, COO, both of The Spice & Tea Exchange, a specialty retail brand that sells fine spices, herbs, blends, salts and teas via retail stores and an e-commerce website. In this…
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M.Gemi's Co-Founder and President on Retail Tech Trends, Leadership, and More

In this episode of Women in Retail Talks, Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) Co-Founder Melissa Campanelli interviews Cheryl Kaplan, co-founder and president of M.Gemi, a direct-to-consumer accessories brand that drops a limited-edition collection of luxury footwear at approachable prices every Monday. Kaplan, who was featured on WIRLC sister brand Total Retail's list of the…
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Tech Spotlight: Synchrony CIO on Why it's Important to Have Women Represented in All Fields of Business

In this special episode of Women in Retail Talks, Carol Juel, executive vice president and chief information officer, Synchrony, shares her thoughts on a variety of topics, including current pain points in retail, why all industries — not just retail — stand to benefit from more women in leadership positions, and more. This episode was recorded…
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Tech Spotlight: Iterable Shares Retail Tech Tips

In this special episode of Women in Retail Talks, Lindsey Greenwald, enterprise consultant at Iterable, offers her thoughts on a variety of topics, including current pain points in retail, why all industries — not just retail — stand to benefit from more women in leadership roles, and the growing role of technology in retail. This…
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Tech Spotlight: Merkle SVP on Retail Disruption, Data and Tech, and the Value of Women Leadership

In this special episode of Women in Retail Talks, Dalton Dorné, senior vice president of marketing at Merkle, offers her thoughts on a variety of topics, including current pain points for retailers and how Merkle can help solve them; the growing influence of data and technology within the retail industry; and why all industries —…
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Tech Spotlight: Affirm Shares the Top Retail Technology Trends of 2018

In this special edition of Women in Retail Talks, Julie Ingle, senior vice president of product and innovation at Affirm, talks about pain points for retailers, how Affirm can help, and why all industries — not just retail — need to advocate for women in leadership roles. This episode was recorded at this year's fifth…
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Tech Spotlight: First Data SVP on Why All Industries Should Advocate for Women

In this special edition of Women in Retail Talks, Marianne Johnson, senior vice president of product and innovation at First Data, talks about pain points in the retail industry, how First Data can help, and why all industries — not just retail — need to advocate for women in leadership roles. This episode was recorded…
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