Women in Retail Leadership Circle wants your input! We’d like to know which female retail leaders on the rise you believe should be honored in our 11th annual Top Women in Retail report. This report, which highlights women retail leaders at the top of their games, will also spotlight women who represent the female talent pipeline and the next generation of retail leaders.

Why focus on the up-and-comers? It’s more important that ever for our industry to help women move up the corporate ladder. In fact, according to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, women hold 29 percent of executive- and senior-level positions in retail, below the 31 percent of female leaders across all industries. When looking explicitly at chief executive roles, women comprise just 12 percent of top positions, a disparity that exists even though women drive an estimated 70 percent to 80 percent of purchasing decisions. (More on this topic can be found in this Business Insider article … with a quote by moi!)

To nominate a woman for Women on the Rise, she must be manager level or above (excluding senior vice president and C-suite positions), younger than 40, and a current employee of a retail organization. You can learn more about the 2021 Top Women in Retail Report and submit your nomination here.

As an added bonus for these fabulous women on the rise, all honorees will be given a complimentary pass to attend the Women in Retail Leadership Summit (Oct. 11-13, Miami), where they will be honored. How great is that!

And while I have you, the Summit is on track to be one of our best events ever! This year we’ll have:

  • inspirational keynotes and sessions;
  • a serene wellness pavilion;
  • one-to-one meetings with executive career coaches, financial coaches and nutritionists;
  • leadership development and holistic wellness workshops;
  • activations like refreshed headshots and glam;
  • pop-up shopping and networking;
  • a reunion dinner for the entire WIRLC community; and
  • so much more!

Passes are going fast — make sure to register here today!

We can’t wait to see you there!