Spring has sprung (at least in New York!), and we here at the Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) and the Inner Circle are excited about the season ahead! We’re also excited about the following WIRLC events on the horizon:

Women in Retail Leadership Circle | On the Road events. These one-day events, taking place in New York City on Oct. 24 and San Francisco on Nov. 7, are designed to continue the momentum from our wildly successful Women in Retail Leadership Summit (WIRLS). Like the Summit, they will include inspiring keynote speakers, networking opportunities, and expert content on business strategy and executive professional development. We’re expecting 100 senior-level retail executives in each city. As soon as registration is live, we’ll let you know so you can grab a seat! Consider this your Save the Date!

Total Retail Talks Live! WIRLC’s sister brand, Total Retail, hosts dinners and networking events in cities throughout the country. On June 19, Total Retail will be hosting Total Retail Talks Live! at the Stewart Hotel in New York City. Join us for this special invitation-only event, where we will interview three retail leaders from Barneys New York; Rebecca Minkoff; and Clarins Group. These interviews will appear as episodes on Total Retail’s podcast channel, Total Retail Talks. The retailers will discuss trends impacting their businesses, their career paths and much more. Expect a fabulous venue, cocktails, conversation and a first-class meal. Complimentary registration can be found here. Lastly, Total Retail Talks Live! events are for men and women, so invite your teams to join us as well!

New Members! April was a special month for us. Our Summit took place, and we also had many new member sign-ups. Here are our new members from April:

  • Mary van Praag, Brand President, Soma
  • Jessica Arno, Director of Finance, Hanesbrands
  • Susan Sanderson, Senior Vice President, Chief Brand and Customer Experience Officer, The Vitamin Shoppe
  • Claudia Mazo, Senior Vice President, Retail, Lands’ End
  • Elizabeth Allison, Senior Vice President, Last Call, The Neiman Marcus Group
  • Liz Hershfield, Chief Supply Chain Officer, Bonobos
  • Rhonda Nordstrom, President, RHEAL Skincare
  • Jenny Whichello, Chief Financial Officer at Need Supply Co. and Totokaelo

Members-Only Content! We’re super excited that many of the presentations from WIRLS are now posted on WIRLC’s website. To view the videos, members must sign in. (And if you’re not a member, make sure to become one to access this fabulous content! You can do that here!)

Finally, if you have anything — either personally or professionally — that you’re excited about this spring, please let me know at mcampanelli@napco.com. We always love to hear what’s going on with our readers!

Happy spring!

Melissa Campanelli
Women in Retail Leadership Circle