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Featured below is a compilation of original research reports produced by Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC); WIRLC’s sister brand, Total Retail; and NAPCO Research, a division of WIRLC’s parent organization, NAPCO Media. This research is offered to WIRLC members as a benefit of membership.

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You're a CMO. Now What?

The crushing financial impact of the coronavirus amplifies the pressure on chief marketing officers to demonstrate how they're driving overall business performance. The problem is, many first-time CMOs lack the broad range of skills and experience needed to be effective C-suite leaders, says Zach Peikon, a principal in Korn Ferry’s Marketing Officers practice.

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Honoring the 2021 Top Women in Retail

Women in Retail Leadership Circle is once again proud to present its annual list of the top women executives in the retail industry. The 25 top women and 16 rising stars featured in our 11th annual Top Women in Retail report endured an extremely challenging year in retail and were forced to adapt to what...

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Skills Revolution Reboot: The 3Rs - Renew, Reskill, Redeploy

The huge workforce transformation that took place at speed in 2020 started as a health crisis and rapidly evolved into an economic and social crisis. Initially whole industries like hospitality, travel and even manufacturing froze overnight while others including technology, healthcare, logistics and grocery saw an immediate and sustained demand for workers. At the same time, companies digitized at a speed and scale they could never have imagined while 93% of people had the way they work, live and consume changed dramatically at the same time. Many of the trends we have been predicting for some time have accelerated significantly: adversity can often be a force for rapid change and for societies to advance. Digital transformation is occurring at an unprecedented pace – creating jobs and driving sweeping change with the potential to improve people’s lives and create a more connected world. Today tech breakthroughs are driving mass vaccination programs, workforce transformation and flexibility, plus a call for better work-life blend, more upskilling and greater autonomy over how, when and where work gets done – all welcome upsides of the pandemic.

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2021 Top Women in Retail

Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) is proud to present its 11th annual list of the top women executives in the retail industry. Like the prior 10 years, the 2021 Top Women in Retail list features a who’s who in the industry. Honorees, some of whom were nominated by WIRLC members, Inner Circle e-newsletter subscribers, WIRLC partners and retail industry insiders, were chosen based on several criteria, including position within their retail organizations, scope of responsibility within those positions, career achievements, involvement within the retail industry, and more. To be featured, all of the women answered a series of questions that offered great insights into their careers and what makes them tick.

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Employees Say Childcare is a Concern for Returning to the Office

As organizations prepare to have their employees return to corporate offices and headquarters, go fully remote, or some hybrid of the two, childcare is at the forefront of employees’ concerns. A new report by sister brands Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) and Women Leading Travel & Hospitality looks at employer trends in back-to-office strategies. We...

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2021 Back-to-Office Report

As organizations prepare to have their employees return to corporate offices and headquarters, go fully remote, or some hybrid of the two, there are still many questions that need to be answered and concerns to be addressed. The 2021 Back-to-Office Report, from Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) and Women Leading Travel & Hospitality, features...

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Radically Reinventing Retail

Korn Ferry recently surveyed 100-plus retail executives about the ways their companies are reinventing recruitment, hiring, compensation and retention. Korn Ferry expects that the role of stores will continue to dramatically transform over the next three years to five years, and that these stores-of-the-future will require a new generation of store managers and store personnel to manage them.

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