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Author: Melissa Campanelli

Melissa Campanelli is the co-founder of the Women in Retail Leadership Circle, a a unique, members-only networking group that offers enterprise-level women in the retail industry a place to learn, connect and grow. She is also editor-in-chief and content director of Total Retail. Prior to those positions, Melissa spent ten years at DM News, where she was first a senior editor and then deputy editor. She’s also a leading expert in small business e-commerce and author of the books “Entrepreneur Magazine’s Open an Online Business in 10 Days” and “55 Surefire Internet Businesses You Can Start for Under $5,000.” In her free time, Melissa loves exploring New York City and Brooklyn and spending time with her family.

The Inner Circle Q&A: Diana Kapp, Journalist and Author of ‘Girls Who Run the World’

Meet Diana Kapp, a business journalist and author of the recently published book, “Girls Who Run the World: 31 CEOs Who Mean Business.” Kapp has written about education and entrepreneurism for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, ELLE, O the Oprah Magazine,,, and Marie Claire. She lives in...


Shoptalk 2020 to Feature an All-Women Speaker Lineup

We just heard some really exciting news and wanted to share it with you! Shoptalk, the retail industry’s largest event with 8,000 attendees each year, has announced that its 2020 conference (March 22-March 25, Las Vegas) will feature an all-women speaker lineup, including track sessions and main stage keynotes alike. Why? Because while there are...


Welcome to the New Inner Circle!

Well, what do you think? We love it! In case you weren’t aware, today’s issue of Inner Circle is just one part of a comprehensive rebrand of the Women in Retail Leadership Circle, which also includes a refreshed logo (see above) and redesigned website to better serve, and ultimately grow, our membership. Specific to our weekly...


Coaches Corner: 'What Are Some Practical Tips on Having Difficult Conversations?'

Welcome to the latest Coaches Corner, where we feature questions and answers discussed during our “Meet the Career Coaches” panels at Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) events. In today’s installment, our coaches answer a question asked during our WIRLC: On the Road | New York event. The question: “What are some practical tips you...


We Are Literally ‘On the Road’

Hello Inner Circle readers! The Women in Retail Leadership Circle team is smack dab in the middle of our “busy season” (but aren’t they all!?) as we set out for our upcoming On the Road events  over the next few weeks. While our New York City event, taking place tomorrow (Oct. 24), is sold out...


Job of the Week: Vera Bradley is Seeking a Board Member

Hello Inner Circle readers! I just learned about a fabulous opportunity: Vera Bradley is seeking a board member! (You may remember hearing Vera Bradley’s Co-Founder and Board Director Barbara Bradley Baekgaard speak at the 2017 Women in Retail Leadership Summit! You would be working with her!) Here are some details about the position: Title: Board Director, Marketing/Brand Opportunity: Vera...


Do You Have a Favorite Retail Technology Provider? Read On.

Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) is excited to announce a new partnership with the Vendors in Partnership (VIP) Awards. The Awards, co-founded by retail strategist, community builder, and former COO and CIO in the retail industry Vicki Cantrell, were designed to acknowledge retail technology service providers’ contributions to the industry. Why did Vicki launch the VIP Awards program?...


Lots of Women in Retail Leadership Circle News!

Shhh … I’ve got a secret! Women in Retail Leadership Circle’s website,, is relaunching next month, so keep your eyes peeled for it! We don’t want to spoil the surprise, but as soon as you visit (and log in) you’ll notice an easy-to-use interface with a more modern look and color palette, as well...


Jobs of the Week: Director of Buying, Apparel; Director of Buying, Culinary, Qurate Retail Group

Hello Inner Circle readers! Qurate Retail Group, an inspired, global team, 22,000 strong, driven by a shared passion for bringing joy, inspiration and humanity to shopping, is on the hunt for two buying directors! Here are some details about both positions: Title: Director, Buying – Apparel, QVC Opportunity: The director of buying, apparel is responsible...

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