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Member Spotlight

The core of Women in Retail Leadership Circle’s mission is to build community. As such, we seek to feature content that helps you to get to know our fabulous members by learning about their career paths, ambitions, leadership styles, and more. Through Q&A interviews, videos, podcast episodes, and more, this page is designed to highlight our members.


Women We Love: Linda Heasley

Who: Linda Heasley, President and CEO, Lane Bryant Why: She’s making it a priority to reshape the public perception around plus-size clothing options. “Calling All Chubbies.” Believe it or not, that line was as actually used in a black-and-white advertisement for plus-size retailer Lane Bryant. It’s unclear when the ad ran, but it sums up...


WIRL Summit Speaker Spotlight: Stormy Simon

The Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) is excited to announce that Stormy Simon, president of, will be a keynote speaker at our Women in Retail Leadership Summit, taking place in Miami, April 22-23. Simon’s “make it happen” mantra has helped motivate teams throughout Under her leadership, was named to Forbes’ 2014...


Nasty Gal's Sophia Amoruso on Why She Stepped Down

Sophia Amoruso, the renegade fashion authority, “#GIRLBOSS” author and founder of millennial fashion brand Nasty Gal, explained in a YouTube video why she’s  stepping down as CEO at Nasty Gal and promoting retail guru Sheree Waterson in her place. In her blog, Amoruso said the following: “I’ve found someone, who I’ve worked with for a...


Women We Love

Who: Karen Katz, president and CEO, Neiman Marcus Why: For taking a risk and leading a major organizational change in how Neiman’s brick-and-mortar and e-commerce teams interact. Neiman Marcus is a luxury retail brand known for $10,000 designer evening gowns and upscale department stores. To me, however, the most fabulous thing about Neiman Marcus is that it made...


New American Apparel CEO Paula Schneider Faces Early Challenges

Talk about a chilly reception. Days after being named the new chief executive officer at fashion retailer American Apparel — upon the firing of its controversial former CEO and company founder Dov Charney — Paula Schneider is being met with significant resistance from managers at the brand. More than 30 of those executives asked American...

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