Good morning and happy new year, Inner Circle readers! It’s hard to believe it’s already 2017 (sounds like a year discussed in “The Jetsons”)! But 2017 is here, and I’m sure you’re ready to reach out and grab it!

Women have much to be excited about this year. For one thing, 2017 is already shaping up to be the best-ever year for female Fortune 500 CEOs. By the end of the first quarter, there will be 27 women leading Fortune 500 companies (currently, there are 24 female chiefs on the list). And, at least according to this article, large companies are hotly pursuing the new wave of women in tech for their boards.

Another reason this year will be spectacular is because our fourth annual Women in Retail Leadership Summit is coming to Miami on April 26-28, and it’s shaping up to be one of the best ever. We have great attendees and speakers signing up every day. Check out the speaker roster here; and make sure to register for the event here.

The new year is also a great time to take stock of what we need both personally and professionally to make ourselves happy and successful in the months ahead. For me, 2017 will be a good year if I take better care of myself and learn to deal with stress better. That means more exercise, more sleep, healthier eating, more water and more journaling!

What will make 2017 a great year for you? Can you fill in the blank here “2017 will be a good year if ___.” and send your response to me at I’d love to know what your thoughts are about the year ahead (and perhaps feature it here in a future issue)!