First of all, I know I’m not the only one experiencing a whirlwind of emotions right now. The last few days have been challenging, and the next few weeks will bring uncertainty, more challenges, inevitable changes, and no shortage of difficult moments. However, I want you all to know that the we here at Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) are here for you, today and always. We’re working to find ways to lift you up, make you feel connected, and keep you engaged.
One way we will do that is by posting news here about our own online events as well as online events being hosted by some of our favorite women. All of the events we will highlight are designed to keep you motivated and energized no matter what curve balls are being thrown your way.
One such event is our first-ever Women in Retail Virtual Lounge, taking place March 23-24. Over two days, you’ll hear live fireside chats with rockstar women in retail about their personal journeys, career accomplishments, secrets to success, and more. Speakers include Joelle Grunberg, global brand president, Sperry; Lauri Kien Kotcher, CEO, Hello Products; Amy Shecter, CEO, GLAMSQUAD; and Sarah Engel, vice president, marketing and creative communications, Lilly Pulitzer. We will be hosting both morning and afternoon sessions.
The Women in Retail Virtual Lounge sessions will be livestreamed on Women in Retail Leadership Circle’s Facebook page. You can find the full schedule and more event info on WIRLC’s Facebook page. Furthermore, we’ve created a Facebook Event for you to RSVP to attend the Virtual Lounge. Find the event here.
Another event we’d like to share with you is a free virtual Q&A taking place on March 22 at 3 p.m. EST, hosted by one of our favorite keynote speakers, Grace Killelea, CEO of the GKC Group. The event, based on Killelea’s best-selling book, “The Confidence Effect,” will help women to identify areas for improvement and learn to speak out, take risks and move toward their goals. Killelea will share data on women’s lack of professional advancement, as well as use stories and videos to move beyond the data to focus on what’s really important: how women can become more confident, one step at a time.
As I noted above, both of these events are 100 percent free. Virtually gather with your gal pals. Tell your sisters, friends and colleagues. Grab a coffee, tea or wine, and come in your comfy clothes. These are challenging times and we all need a reminder of how strong and capable we are. We’ve got this!