In this episode of Women in Retail Talks, Women in Retail Leadership Circle Co-Founder Melissa Campanelli interviews Monica Arnaudo, chief merchandising officer at Ulta Beauty, the largest U.S. cosmetics, fragrance, skincare and beauty gifts retailer. Listen in as Arnaudo discusses her career journey, the launch of the Conscious Beauty initiative, and what the program means for Ulta and its customers. She describes the five pillars that comprise the Conscious Beauty program, the company’s recent partnerships with clean beauty brand Credo Beauty and reusable packaging pioneer Loop, and the creation of Ulta Beauty’s Conscious Beauty Advisory Council to drive the initiative forward.
In addition, Arnaudo shares why focusing on these areas is important to Ulta, how it propels the retailer’s merchandising strategy going forward, and the research that led to the formation of the Conscious Beauty initiative. She discusses the brand’s in-store and digital marketing efforts supporting the Conscious Beauty initiative and how she sees the program evolving across all pillars in the future.
Monica Arnaudo is the chief merchandising officer at Ulta Beauty. Since joining the retailer in 2017, Monica has built an unparalleled, world-class assortment reflecting how beauty lovers want to shop. Monica and her team are widely recognized for their ability to stay ahead of trends and for continually offering powerhouse brands that position Ulta Beauty as the destination for beauty. With over 30 years of experience in the beauty industry, Monica has brought Ulta Beauty’s one-of-a-kind assortment to life in a way that transcends channels and keeps guests coming back to the company’s more than 1,200 stores. Monica has served in numerous sales and merchandising leadership roles at Nordstrom and Sephora, along with beauty companies including Bare Escentuals, L’Oreal, Estee Lauder Companies and Chanel. Monica is from Northern California and a business graduate of Saint Mary’s College of California. She has two adult children, who currently live on the west coast.
Date: July 21, 2020
Credits: Monica Arnaudo
In this episode of Women in Retail Talks, Women in Retail Leadership Circle Digital Content Director Kristina Stidham interviews Siobhán Lonergan, chief brand officer at Shapermint, an online marketplace that sells shapewear and everyday essentials. Listen in as Lonergan discusses Shapermint's Mother’s Day campaign to hire its first-ever “Chief Mom Officer," and how the chief mom role will influence the company while championing body positivity and motherhood.19:16
In this episode of Women in Retail Talks, Women in Retail Leadership Circle President and Co-Founder Jennifer DiPasquale interviews Jennifer Cervantes, founder and CEO of Tough as a Mother Tribe, a jewelry brand empowering women in their motherhood journey by honoring the raw, real and joyous moments. Listen in as Cervantes discusses her career background, how a difficult period in her motherhood journey inspired her to launch Tough as a Mother Tribe, and her mission to make mothers feel seen and loved through her pieces.24:18
In this episode of Women in Retail Talks, Women in Retail Leadership Circle Co-Founder Melissa Campanelli interviews Sara Spivey, chief marketing officer at Braze, a leading global customer engagement platform. Listen in as Spivey discusses her career background in retail technology, how she overcame obstacles while rising into leadership as a woman in technology, and why she's passionate about increasing girls' engagement in STEM.18:39
In this episode of Women in Retail Talks, Women in Retail Leadership Circle Co-Founder Melissa Campanelli interviews Petty Rader, chief growth officer, chief legal officer, and women's group lead at Ergo Baby, a leading ergonomic baby carrier and accessories retailer. Listen in as Rader discusses the company's history, her role at the retailer, and why she started an employee-led Women's Leadership group at Ergo Baby.19:16
In this episode of Women in Retail Talks, Women in Retail Leadership Circle Co-Founder Jennifer DiPasquale interviews Rina Hurst, chief business officer at Shipt, the same-day delivery service across retail for the U.S. Listen in as Hurst discusses how her team managed rapid growth at Shipt in the past year, the impact of Shipt's heavily female and diverse leadership team, and why diversity and inclusion efforts are essential to build and improve its business.25:28
In this episode of Women in Retail Talks, Women in Retail Leadership Circle Senior Content Strategist Ashley Chiaradio interviews Lisa Erickson, senior director of customer relationship management and loyalty at Sleep Number, the mattress company that's been transforming the sleep industry since 1987. Listen in as Erickson discusses how the company's loyalty program drives its repeat and referral business, why exclusive health content drove the loyalty program during the COVID-19 pandemic, and what the sleep brand has planned for 2021 around health and wellness.13:41
In this episode of Women in Retail Talks, Women in Retail Leadership Circle Co-Founder Melissa Campanelli interviews Melissa Priest, founder and CEO of Alexandretta Transportation Consulting, the only female-owned transportation consulting firm in the U.S. Listen in as Priest discusses how she navigated leaving her previous career at FedEx to start her own consulting firm, as well as her experience launching the first female-owned consultancy in a heavily male-dominated field.23:26
In this episode of Women in Retail Talks, Women in Retail Leadership Circle Co-Founder Jennifer DiPasquale interviews Francis Sango and Catherine Liss, co-founders of Rezort Collection, a new women’s clothing brand that focuses on women feeling and looking their best by creating comfortable yet elegant and stylish clothes. Listen in as Sango and Liss discuss their career backgrounds in the fashion industry, how the pandemic inspired them to launch Rezort Collection, and how the apparel brand is bridging the gap between comfort and fashion.27:40
In this episode of Women in Retail Talks, Women in Retail Leadership Circle Senior Content Strategist Ashley Chiaradio interviews Sabina Khan, founder of Planet Nature, a U.K.-based sustainable online lifestyle retailer offering solely fair trade products made from locally sourced natural materials. Listen in as Khan discusses Planet Nature's brand ethos and business model, how the company only operates clean eco-manufacturing, and the sustainable materials used for the products sold on its site.19:32
In this episode of Women in Retail Talks, Women in Retail Leadership Circle Digital Content Director Kristina Stidham interviews Teri Johnson, founder and owner of The Harlem Candle Co., a luxury home fragrance brand specializing in scented candles inspired by the richness of Harlem. Listen in as Johnson discusses The Harlem Candle Co.'s products, how there is a story behind each scent, and how she overcame the many obstacles she faced while bootstrapping the business.27:39