Spring is in full bloom! The birds are chirping, the leaves are back and the sun is setting later. Even with so much uncertainty surrounding us right now, it’s important we keep looking ahead! Here are some things we’re looking forward to right now.

Last month, Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) and its sister brand, Total Retail, held a virtual event featuring leading retail CEOs discussing how they’re leading their employees and businesses during the COVID-19 crisis. In addition, these industry leaders offered their expert opinions on the future of the retail industry. Even though we can’t gather in person, we still wanted to give our members and readers the types of valuable content they need right now. We received such positive feedback on the first event that we’re excited to announce that we’ll be hosting another Virtual Exchange on May 28. Make sure to register for this complimentary virtual event to hear from retail executives on a variety of mission-critical industry topics, such as pivoting business strategies during a crisis, plans to reopen stores, and much more.

Speaking of store re-openings, many retailers have announced plans to re-open brick-and-mortar stores over the next few weeks in certain states. While shopping in these stores will look and feel different than normal, it’s a step forward.

Women continue to experience the devastating impact of unemployment due to COVID-19, representing 58.8 percent of all lost jobs in March. To help assist these women as they look to take the next step in their professional careers, Bay Path University is offering a free, three-credit online undergraduate college course. The course, Fundamentals of Digital Literacy, will help women expand their digital technology skill set and be better prepared for the workforce of the future. The course is offered through The American Women’s College, Bay Path University’s fully online division designed to fit busy women’s lives, and will take place over six weeks in June through August. We encourage you to share this with your employees, especially furloughed employees!

We hope you keep looking ahead, and know we’re here for you now and we’ll be here for you in the future … whatever it holds!