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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...


WIRLC: On the Road 2019 Ends its Journey

Last week we had our final Women in Retail Leadership Circle: On the Road event of 2019! It’s bittersweet to be done, but we finished on a strong note in San Francisco. The event featured engaging panel discussions, fun activations and, most importantly, so many powerful and inspiring women — like Diana Kapp, author of...


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...


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...


Fierce Push for Gender Equality

On Oct. 2, Melinda Gates announced her pledge of $1 billion to promote gender equality in the United States through her company Pivotal Ventures. This is HUGE news, and Gates has positioned herself as one of the biggest advocates for gender equality in the world. However, Gates recognizes that her efforts are only part of the...


Happy October!

Happy October! Can you believe it’s already the fourth quarter? While 2019 is quickly coming to a close, Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) still has many exciting things planned throughout the rest of the year to look forward to. Here are just some of the things to be on the lookout for: Site Relaunch...


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...


When Innovation Falls Short

Hello Inner Circle readers! Recently, the release of Forbes’ Most Innovative Leaders list was overshadowed by a disappointing discovery: out of 100 honorees, only one woman was included (Ross Stores’ CEO Barbara Rentler). What was thought to be an objective ranking “measuring four essential leadership qualities of top founders and CEOs” ended up majorly lacking...


Recognizing Equality Champions in Retail

Hello Inner Circle readers! It’s always exciting to see some of our own being recognized for their hard work in helping to close the gender gap. Last week, BounceX announced the 12 winners of its 2019 Equality Impact Awards, which are designed to honor the contributions and leadership of women and allies that are helping...


Be Like Naomi

I’ll admit it: I’m a U.S. Open super fan. Ever since my friend Liz’s dad, who worked at the old Chase Manhattan Bank, gave us tickets to my first U.S. Open when I was 14 (and we got to go to the Chase hospitality tent!), I was hooked. I love watching athletes at the top of...

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