In this episode of Women in Retail Talks, Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) Senior Editor Marie Albiges interviews Joana McKenna, CEO of Jane, a daily deal site offering the latest trends in fashion and home décor. McKenna is also a WIRLC member and was named a 2022 Top Women in Retail. Listen in as McKenna discusses what drew her to Jane (1:06), her career journey prior to her current position (1:39), and what excites her the most about working in the retail industry (2:15). She shares how her upbringing in Paris shaped her interest in fashion at a young age (3:16), and some of the ways that she continually pushes herself to learn new things and gain new perspectives (6:06).

Furthermore, McKenna discusses why she meets one-on-one with every employee whenever she joins a new company (7:33), how her leadership style has changed over time to bring her individuality to the forefront (9:45), and her advice to others who aren’t confident in embracing their authentic selves at work (12:29). She shares how she has overcome discrimination and shines a light on inequities (14:27), and offers advice for women looking to gain a mentor (15:55).

Joana McKenna is CEO and responsible for all aspects of Jane’s management, growth and development. In her role, McKenna is focused on leading the company’s digital transformation strategy and the next phase of its marketplace growth. In addition, she’s tasked with expanding brand awareness in a shifting retail environment.

McKenna is a seasoned tech leader known for inspiring innovative thinking and driving international growth spanning enterprise, e-commerce and retail industries. She brings over 22 years of experience building global brands with expertise in high-growth e-commerce businesses. McKenna has held key leadership roles in sales, general management, product management, marketing, supply chain, and operations at Walmart eCommerce, Johnson & Johnson, and Amazon.com.

Date: June 7, 2022

Credits: Joana McKenna

Duration: 18:11