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Monday, OCTOBER 11TH

  • 9:00 AM
    12:00 PM
    Courageous Presence: Building the Skills You Need for the Career You Want

    Have you ever wondered why some executives are “known” for their expertise? Looked to for the tough assignments or discussed for promotions? Why were they able to build that brand for themselves and how can you do the same? In this provocative, funny and challenging program, Cindy SolomonCEO and president of the Courageous Leadership Institute, will share why some of us get ahead… and some of us are held up by barriers we may even create ourselves. While executive presence is discussed frequently, Solomon’s research shows that it is Courageous Presence that allows many of us to more effectively and quickly build our internal brands to rise up through our organizations.

    What you’ll learn:

    • The types of Courageous Presence and how to cultivate them

    • An action plan to build your Courageous Presence & effectiveness

    • Targeted communication strategies to help you circumvent hierarchy

    • MicroMentoring strategies to impact your career both today and tomorrow

    To learn more about Cindy, visit the Courageous Leadership Institute and watch her TEDx talk here!

    • Cindy Solomon
      Founder, CEO and President
      Courageous Leadership Institute, Inc.
  • 9:00 AM
    12:00 PM
    Optimizing Personal and Organization Performance with help from “Girls Who Solve”

    Optimizing your personal performance is the first step toward transforming your business.  In part one of this workshop, Tignum (experts in personal high performance) will detail new findings on 5 Critical Performance Predictors for Sustainable High Impact and how you can action each in your life:

    1. 1. Mental Agility
    2. 2. Performance Resilience
    3. 3. Adaptability
    4. 4. Self-Observation
    5. 5. Energy Multiplication

    The second half of the workshop will focus on organizational optimization. Deborah Leff, IBM CTO, Data Science & AI, will discuss how to attack organizational challenges for faster results, and conduct hands-on exercises to help you identify and frame the right opportunities to get started in your company. Deborah will be joined by special guests from “Girls Who Solve”, an enrichment program designed to introduce high school girls to the AI they use daily and expose them to various ways that technology can be applied to solve real world problems. They’ll help provide a different perspective on the challenge retailers and brands face today and tomorrow.  It’s a workshop you won’t want to miss.   

    • Chris Males
      Director, Performance Coaching
    • Deborah Leff
      Global Leader and Industry CTO for Data Science and AI
  • 11:30 AM
    Registration Starts
  • 1:00 PM
    1:15 PM
    • Jennifer DiPasquale
      President and Co-Founder
      Women in Retail Leadership Circle
  • 1:15 PM
    1:35 PM
    Diamond Partner Presentation
  • 1:35 PM
    1:40 PM
    Member Moment
  • 1:40 PM
    2:25 PM
    Keynote Presentation
  • 2:25 PM
    2:40 PM
    Partner Presentation
  • 2:40 PM
    3:25 PM
    Diversity and Inclusion: How to Do It Right

    A diverse workforce brings diverse viewpoints and perspectives to companies, which in turn can generate higher revenue, more innovation, better decision making, and better performance. However, diversity in the workplace doesn’t necessarily mean inclusivity in the workplace. Making diversity a priority is important, but so is creating a culture where people from all backgrounds feel included. Inclusivity is the key to maintaining (not just creating) diversity in the workplace. This panel will examine the top ways to support inclusion and diversity in your workplace.

    • Ambika Singh
      Chief Boss Lady
    • Keris Clark
      North America Sales Leader, Skin Care
      P&G Beauty
    • Leslie Short
      Owner and CEO
      The Cavu Group
    • Peggy Anderson
      Head of Talent Acquisition
  • 3:25 PM
    4:15 PM
    Sip, Shop and Socialize!
    Grab a signature cocktail and saunter about the Ritz-Carlton Ballroom foyer with fellow attendees. Shop until your heart’s content at one of our fabulous pop-up shops, most at of which feature bespoke items specifically curated with Summit attendees in mind. Psst…most of our fabulous pop-up shops are providing special discounts for our attendees. Bottom line: Make sure you save room in your suitcase for all of the goodies you’ll be bringing home. Beyond shopping, check out our activations sprinkled outside the Grand Ballroom, too! You won’t want to miss them!
  • 4:15 PM
    4:20 PM
    Member Moment
  • 4:20 PM
    4:35 PM
    Partner Presentation
  • 4:35 PM
    5:20 PM
    Courageous Leadership for Women: The Unwritten Rules of Success

    As a recovering corporate executive, Cindy Solomon understands the challenges of demanding customers, politically challenging corporate environments and the constant disruption senior leaders must navigate. In this provocative, hilarious and inspiring presentation, Cindy shares her learnings from over 8,700 interviews and the best practices from her global client list to help you build your courage. Nothing is off limits in this “real talk” program sharing the unwritten rules of success that will enable you to build the skills you need to navigate any corporate environment. To learn more about Cindy, visit the Courageous Leadership Institute and watch her TEDx talk here!

    • Cindy Solomon
      Founder, CEO and President
      Courageous Leadership Institute, Inc.
  • 6:15 PM
    10:00 PM
    WIR Dinner Soirée

    Put on your party dresses and let’s boogie! First the first time in WIRLS history, we heading to a secret off-site location for dinner, cocktails, entertainment and infinite surprises. Transportation will be provided to and from the venue. More details to follow closer to the Summit!

Tuesday, OCTOBER 12TH

  • 7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
  • 8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    Breakfast & Morning Mingle

    Join us on the Ballroom Patio for the most important meal of the day! Enjoy a delicious breakfast on us while you get more quality time with other attendees and our VIP sponsors. Want to learn how they can help your business succeed? Grab a coffee and look for the sponsor logos that most interest you. Exchange ideas … exchange business cards … you get the idea!

  • 9:00 AM
    9:15 AM
    Welcome to the Women in Retail Leadership Summit, Day 2
    • Jennifer DiPasquale
      President and Co-Founder
      Women in Retail Leadership Circle
  • 9:15 AM
    9:30 AM
    Partner Presentation
  • 9:30 AM
    10:15 AM
    Morning Keynote – Corie Barry, CEO, Best Buy

    Corie Barry, CEO of Best Buy, makes no apologies for who she is: A working mom, a first-generation college graduate, one of seven women among Fortune 100 CEOs, and one of the youngest chief executives among top public companies. Listen in as Corie discusses her career journey and how she was able to move up for two decades at Best Buy. She will discuss her leadership style, the importance of taking in the perspectives of all her colleagues with different journeys, and why she has been called a “very human, authentic, purposeful leader.”

  • 10:15 AM
    10:30 AM
    Partner Presentation
  • 10:30 AM
    11:30 AM
    Strategy Session Breakouts

    WIRLC Strategy Session Breakouts are 60-minute breakout sessions comprised of a presentation on a given topic followed by a guided peer group discussion and/or a workshop exercise. Choose from one of the following four sessions:

    · Leadership Strategy Workshop: The Skills Required to Be a 21st Century Retail Leader, and How to Master Them

    · Innovation Workshop: How to Keep Up With Digital Innovation Without Losing Focus on Business KPIs

    · Professional Development Workshop: Mindset Matters: The Art of Playing the Game to Win

    · Public/Private Board Workshop: Are You Board Ready?

    • Bernadine Wu
      Founder and CEO
    • Colleen O'Neill
      Senior Client Partner
      Korn Ferry
    • Courtney A. Seard
      Founder, Master Coach and Trainer
      Courtney A. Seard, LLC
    • Cynthia Kounaris
      Chief Strategy Officer
    • Denise Kramp
      North America Fashion and Retail Sector Leader and Senior Client Partner
      Korn Ferry
    • Emily Culp
      Cover FX Skincare
    • Fran Philip
      Corporate Board Director
      Vera Bradley, Totes Isotoner, Sea Bags
    • Helaine Suval

      Suval Consultants
    • Ilene Gochman, Ph.D.
      Senior Client Partner, Global Head of Assessment and Succession Solutions
      Korn Ferry
  • 11:30 AM
    11:45 AM
    Partner Presentation
  • 11:45 AM
    11:50 AM
    Member Moment
  • 11:50 AM
    12:35 PM
    2020 Retail Trends and Predictions

    What’s in store for the retail industry in the third decade of the 21st century? What trends will take hold, and which won’t? In a Women in Retail Leadership Summit first, a retail industry futurist and panel of senior retail leaders will discuss the retail trends and retail technology trends they’re closely watching for in 2020 and beyond. Topics to be discussed include: Tech trends like augmented reality, personalization, face recognition; resale/re-commerce; health and wellness and CBD in the retail space; new supply chains to meet customer demand; sustainability; innovative ways to service and support the customer journey; and more! Settle in for an engrossing conversation around what the future holds for retail!



    • Elizabeth Allison
      Chief Transformation Officer
      Neiman Marcus Group
    • Phyllis Marcus
      Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
    • Ruth Hartman
      Lord & Taylor
    • Sharon Leite
      The Vitamin Shoppe
  • 12:35 PM
    12:50 PM
    Partner Presentation
  • 12:50 PM
    1:05 PM
    Top Women in Retail Presentation
    • Melissa Campanelli
      Women in Retail Leadership Circle
  • 1:05 PM
    1:50 PM
    Lunch and Peer Circles

    Join us over lunch for Peer Circles! We’re matching you up by job function, so, for example, vice presidents of merchandising will be seated with other senior-level merchandising professionals, and together they can talk all things merchandising! Same goes for attendees involved in e-commerce, digital, finance, marketing, human resources, etc., etc. Enjoy lunch with some targeted networking!

  • 1:50 PM
    3:15 PM
    WIRLS Fair

    Come one, come all to our inaugural WIRLS’ Fair. An enlightening exhibition of entertainment held on the Grand Lawn. While we may not reach the heights of the Eiffel Tower or the world’s first Ferris Wheel, we can promise an hour-and-a-half filled with special activations, surprise pop-up shops, and delightful treats.

  • 3:20 PM
    3:35 PM
    Partner Presentation
  • 3:35 PM
    4:20 PM
    Professional Development Strategies With WIRLC's Career Coaches

    In this panel discussion you’ll hear from career coaches and leadership experts who will share their knowledge on topics ranging from negotiation best practices to creating your

    personal brand to enhancing your leadership effectiveness via your own personal style. You’ll learn how to build your career and deliver better business results at the same time. Be sure to take copious notes! And questions from the audience are encouraged!

    • Courtney A. Seard
      Founder, Master Coach and Trainer
      Courtney A. Seard, LLC
    • Dr. Betty Orlandino
      Betty Orlandino, PhD, Inc.
    • Lizzie Alberga
      Founder and CEO
      Collective Gain
    • Milka Milliance
      We R Artemis Leadership Inc.
    • Quendrida Whitmore
      Executive Coach and Career Consultant
      Coach Quen - Quendrida Whitmore Coaching & Consulting
  • 4:20 PM
    4:35 PM
    Partner Presentation
  • 4:35 PM
    5:20 PM
    Afternoon Keynote
    • Claire Wasserman
      Ladies Get Paid
  • 5:20 PM
    5:35 PM
    Partner Presentation
  • 5:35 PM
    6:30 PM
    Leadership Panel

    A Women in Retail Leadership Summit favorite! This session offers the opportunity for you to really get to know extraordinary women leaders in retail. We’re talking a no-holds-barred conversation with women who are changing the retail space. You’ll hear about the leadership strategies that have made them so successful, tips for managing during difficult and trying times, and, as always, funny stories from along the way. The leadership panel is an inspirational, enlightening and energizing session, and one not to be missed. Plus, it’s a great way to kick off cocktail hour!

    • Allison Samek
      Fred Segal
    • Lauri Kien Kotcher
      hello products
    • Michelle Kelly
      Lilly Pulitzer
    • Molly Langenstein
      President, Apparel Group
      Chico's FAS
    • Sandra Campos
      Diane von Furstenberg
  • 6:30 PM
    Cocktail Reception

    Join us at the Courtyard Fountain for a great cocktail reception with some fun surprises!

Wednesday, OCTOBER 13TH

  • 6:30 AM
    7:30 AM
  • 7:30 AM
    8:30 AM

    Join us on the Ballroom Patio for the most important meal of the day! Enjoy a delicious breakfast on us while you get to spend more quality time with other attendees and our VIP sponsors!

  • 8:30 AM
    8:45 AM
    Welcome to the Women in Retail Leadership Summit, Day 3
    • Jennifer DiPasquale
      President and Co-Founder
      Women in Retail Leadership Circle
  • 8:45 AM
    9:00 AM
    Partner Presentation
  • 9:00 AM
    9:45 AM
    Zero to Breakthrough – A Breakthrough Mentality Creates a Breakthrough Life!

    Acknowledge the obstacles; DON’T give them power. This presentation helps you put passion back in your life and design the path to your dreams with a ‘Breakthrough Mentality.’ Be inspired by FlyGirl’s personal story of setbacks, challenges, adventure, success and triumph. FlyGirl takes you on an amazing journey through her life experiences and, most importantly, the lessons learned. Unleash the personal leadership power needed to take your life to the next level!

    • Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour
      Founder/CBO (Chief Breakthrough Officer)
      VAI Consulting and Training, LLC
  • 9:45 AM
    10:00 AM
    Partner Presentation
  • 10:00 AM
    10:45 AM
    How She Built This

    Hear from some of the world’s best-known retail entrepreneurs about the stories behind the companies they built. Our panelists will highlight their career journeys, including wins, triumphs, and yes, even their failures. They will share stories about their hustle, perseverance, and the sheer joy of creating something from nothing. This session is designed to inspire the entrepreneur in all of us.

    • Amanda Boleyn
      Founder and Host
      She Did It Her Way
    • Anna Brockway
      Co-Founder and CMO
    • Christina Stembel
      Founder and CEO
      Farmgirl Flowers
    • Lisa Price
      Carol's Daughter
  • 10:45 AM
    11:00 AM
    Partner Presentation
  • 11:00 AM
    11:15 AM
  • 11:15 AM
    11:30 AM
    Partner Presentation
  • 11:30 AM
    11:35 AM
    Member Moment
  • 11:35 AM
    12:05 PM
    Fireside Chat
  • 12:05 PM
    12:20 PM
    Partner Presentation
  • 12:20 PM
    1:00 PM
  • 1:00 PM
    1:45 PM
    The Business of a Better Life: A Not-So-Revolutionary New Approach to Finding Wild Success in Everything You Do

    In this morning keynote, Kim Gravel, entrepreneur, TV personality, public speaker and industry leader, will discuss her formula for living a better life. In her authentic, common-sense style, Kim will discuss her career and life journey, including how, at the age of 19, she became the youngest Miss Georgia in the state pageant’s history. She will also discuss her partnership with retail giant QVC, where she launched her highly successful apparel line, Belle by Kim Gravel®, and a year later the Belle Beauty® cosmetic line. In only three years, Kim has grown her brands from zero to record growth, and she contributes that to the amazing team of women she works with every day. Kim has a passion for people and seeing them rise — particularly women — is her life’s work. Kim’s energy is infectious, so get ready for a fun-filled, energetic start to the day.

    • Kim Gravel
      Founder and CEO
      Hardee Girl Inc.
  • 1:45 PM
    2:00 PM
    Close of Conference | Champagne Toast!

    Join us for a toast as we celebrate our  guests and women helping women!

    • Jennifer DiPasquale
      President and Co-Founder
      Women in Retail Leadership Circle
    • Melissa Campanelli
      Women in Retail Leadership Circle
  • 2:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    Revel at the Ritz

    Let’s keep the connections going! After the bubbly, grab a group of fellow attendees and explore the Ritz-Carlton property. Take advantage of the endless hotel offerings. Whether you’re looking for rest and relaxation or a little bit of adventure, the Ritz has it all. Start at one of two oceanfront pools, or head straight to the beach for a dip in the Atlantic. While you’re there, feel free to paddle board, sail or kayak. Book a treatment online at the massive 25,000-square-foot luxury salon and spa and drift even further away into relaxation. Looking to serve up a sweat? The hotel houses the largest tennis center of any Ritz-Carlton (11 courts!), and offers multiple fitness classes per day at the world-class Fitness Center.  The property is also just five minutes away from the beautiful par-72 Crandon Park Golf Course.

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