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Help Us Celebrate National Women’s Small Business Month

Did you know that October is National Women’s Small Business Month? Every October, the Small Business Administration celebrates the contributions and successes of our nation’s women small business owners. The 10 million women-owned businesses in the U.S. hold tremendous value, generating $1.4 trillion in revenue and employing 8.4 million people, according to the National Women’s...


Supporting Black-Owned Businesses

Last month in the Inner Circle, I presented a list of valuable resources to help retail business leaders fight racism and become better allies. A key resource included in that list was a Fast Company article that discussed a plea from Aurora James, founder of the Brooklyn boutique Brother Vellies, for major retailers across the country to...


How R.Riveter Mobilized a Remote Manufacturing Line to Produce Face Mask Covers

R.Riveter, an American-made handbag company that supports military families by providing military spouses with flexible employment, recently pivoted its business to focus on sewing face mask covers in an effort to provide much-needed supplies to front-line workers fighting against COVID-19. In the interview below, R.Riveter’s founder Lisa Bradley discusses how the initiative began, how it’s...


Equality at Home and at Work

This past week, I came across an interesting article while scrolling through LinkedIn that discussed what happens at home when women advance at work. It had some really striking data on the shift that happens in our private lives as women climb the corporate ladder, and more and more couples are finding themselves in a “double-primary”...


18 Questions With Tiffany Narbonne, Founder, CEO and Lead Designer, T. Jazelle

Tiffany Narbonne, founder, CEO and lead designer of inspirational, meaning-based jewelry brand T. Jazelle, is a Women in Retail Leadership Circle member and fashion entrepreneur. She founded T. Jazelle in 2012 after making gemstone bracelets for friends and family, pairing a concept of meaningful semi-precious stones with inspirational charms. T. Jazelle is now a nationally...


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...


Inc.'s Top 100 Female Founders List

Last week, Inc. released its 2019 Female Founders 100 list, the second annual publishing of the report. The women on this year’s list are founders of their companies and are changing multiple industries, from fashion to science to fitness. Here are the women in retail who made this year’s list. Food Revolutionaries: Ariane Daguin, D’Artagnan: Her...

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