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Women in Retail Talks Podcast

Have an idea that you want to transform into a startup company? The content featured in this category offers you the opportunity to learn about the stories of how women design, launch and run their own businesses. Get tips, actionable advice, and other valuable information from women who have been there and done that, helping to turn your dream into a reality.

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How Just Enough Wines' Founder is Breaking the Mold With Canned Wine

In this episode of Women in Retail Talks, Women in Retail Leadership Circle Senior Editor Marie Albiges interviews Jessica Hershfield, co-founder and CEO of Just Enough Wines, a seller of consciously crafted canned wine. Hershfield discusses why she decided to sell wine in a can, what it was like breaking into the traditional wine industry with a canned product, and what sustainably sourced and packaged wine looks like for Just Enough Wines.

Duration: 19:06
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How Andie's Founder is Innovating Swimsuit Fit and Size Inclusivity

In this episode of Women in Retail Talks, Women in Retail Leadership Circle Senior Editor Marie Albiges interviews Melanie Travis, founder and CEO of Andie, a global e-commerce company changing the way women shop for swimsuits and intimates. Travis discusses her career background, how a work retreat revealed the need for a better swimsuit shopping experience, and how Andie is addressing the culture of shame around female bodies in swimsuits.

Duration: 19:41
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Brand-Builder Sally Mueller Illuminates Menopause Wellness at Womaness

In this episode of Women in Retail Talks, Women in Retail Leadership Circle Co-Founder Melissa Campanelli interviews Sally Mueller, co-founder and CEO of Womaness, a menopause wellness, skin and body care brand. Mueller discusses the menopause solutions and education offered by Womaness, how her personal experience illuminated the huge white space in women's menopause care, and her background in retail and brand building.

Duration: 28:33
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Why Hotel Ownership is an Opportunity for Women in Retail

We all know that building a strong balance sheet is the smart move towards future well-being, but how to accomplish that is less clear, especially since women are typically presented with only a “save more” approach. Thanks to changes in banking policies and cultural shifts around women’s roles in economic development, it’s time for us...

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DreamGirls' Co-Founders Build Self-Esteem With Natural Hair Care Line

In this episode of Women in Retail Talks, Women in Retail Leadership Circle Digital Content Director Kristina Stidham interviews Tonya Thompson and Sharie Thompson-Wilson, co-founders of DreamGirls, the female and Black-owned, family-operated natural hair care brand. Thompson and Thompson-Wilson discuss the genesis and evolution of the DreamGirls business, as well as how they launched their signature Healthy Hair Care System product line during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Duration: 31:04
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How Tiny Organics' Meals Introduce Whole, Healthy Foods to Children

In this episode of Women in Retail Talks, Women in Retail Leadership Circle Senior Editor Marie Albiges interviews Betsy Fore and Sofia Laurell, co-founders and co-CEOs of Tiny Organics, a 100 percent organic, plant-based baby and toddler meal company. Fore and Laurell discuss how they created the idea behind Tiny Organics after identifying a need for healthy baby foods, how the duo began testing foods with 100 founding families, and much more.

Duration: 29:46
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The Top 3 Mistakes E-Commerce Entrepreneurs Need to Avoid

Starting an e-commerce business is more simple than most women think. Whether you’re considering starting a business from scratch, moving your brick-and-mortar store online, or transitioning a pop-up shop online, the options for selling online seem to be unlimited. The abundance of customers, platforms and products can cause great excitement, but also great confusion to...

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Inclusive, Adaptable Design is Key to Brobe's Growth and Mission to Do Good

In this episode of Women in Retail Talks, Women in Retail Leadership Circle Digital Content Director Kristina Stidham interviews Allison Schickel, founder and CEO of Brobe Intl., a line of recovery fashion for women and children. Schickel discusses her inspiration to create the original Brobe product, the evolution of Brobe's direct-to-consumer and digital marketing strategies, and how designing adaptive clothing benefits both consumers and her business.

Duration: 31:10
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How Modi Toys is Connecting South Asian Children to Their Heritage

In this episode of Women in Retail Talks, Women in Retail Leadership Circle Digital Content Director Kristina Stidham interviews Avani Modi Sarkar, co-founder and chief creative thinker of Modi Toys, a children's toys and books brand rooted in Hindu faith and South Asian culture. Sarkar discusses the inspiration behind launching Modi Toys when she couldn't find cultural or religious toys for her daughter, the brand’s mission to connect South Asian children to their heritage, and how her toys and books are impacting children's families as well.

Duration: 38:04
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