Welcome to WIRLC’s newest feature, “Women in the Spotlight,” where we highlight select women leaders from the retail space and beyond that we believe deserve a shout-out. This week we’re featuring Maureen Sullivan, Katie Moussouris and Amy Poehler.
Maureen Sullivan: The president of AOL.com and the company’s lifestyle brands, Sullivan is departing the media corporation to join Rent the Runway, where she will be president of the Classic, A La Carte Rental Business.
At AOL, Sullivan was responsible for overseeing the company’s homepage, its MAKERS video series and lifestyle sites including Style Me Pretty. She’s been working with AOL CEO Tim Armstrong since their days together at Google, where she was his chief of staff.
According to TechCrunch, Jennifer Hyman, Rent the Runway’s co-founder and CEO, said in a statement that Sullivan will have full ownership over the P&L of the business, with goals to double the business next year.
“Maureen’s experience in leading cross-functional teams, building new audiences in mobile and video, and developing product road maps will be critical to her driving forward our mission of democratizing the $1.7 trillion global fashion industry,” Hyman said.
Katie Moussouris: Former Microsoft employee Katie Moussouris filed a lawsuit against the tech giant last week, claiming that the company systematically discriminates against the women technologists it employs.
According to Fortune, Moussouris worked for Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing Group in Redmond, Wash. for more than seven years, leaving in 2014. She’s now the chief policy officer for a startup called HackerOne, which helps companies find bugs in their technology.
Moussouris charges that Microsoft pays its women technology professionals less than it pays its male counterparts, disproportionately promotes men over equally or more qualified women, and that women are rated lower in their performance reviews than their male teammates, which leads to lower pay and fewer promotions.
“What happened to me isn’t unique,” Moussouris said in a statement. “This case will illuminate the broad patterns of decision making against women. Fundamentally, this is about fairness and equality.”
Amy Poehler: Writer, actress and comedienne Amy Poehler and her Smart Girls online community created the hashtag #SmartGirlsAsk for this past Sunday’s Emmy Awards. The hashtag is designed to call attention to the mind-numbing questions female celebrities are asked during award shows, Fortune reported.
The online community asked people to tweet red carpet questions that they actually want to hear the answers to. The campaign took off online, garnering smart, provocative questions from celebrities, fans and even powerful women such as Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, General Motors CEO Mary Barra, and Hollywood bigwig Shonda Rhimes.