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October 11 - 13, 2021 | JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort and Spa


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In addition to the program detailed below, attendees will also have the opportunity to schedule complimentary 1:1 executive coaching sessions throughout the Summit. Attendees will receive detailed information about how to schedule sessions after they have registered.

Monday, October 11

  • 8:00 am 5:00 pm
  • 9:00 am 12:00 pm
    Pre-Conference Workshop 1 | 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 Solomon, CEO and president of the Courageous Leadership Institute, will share why some of us get ahead … and some of us are held back by barriers we may even create ourselves. While executive presence is discussed frequently, Solomon’s research shows that it’s Courageous Presence that allows many of us to more effective and quickly build our internal brands to rise 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 and 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!

    This workshop is at capacity.
    • Cindy Solomon Founder, CEO and President Courageous Leadership Institute, Inc.
  • 9:00 am 12:00 pm
    Pre-Conference Workshop 2 | A Blueprint for Healthy Leadership

    As an industry leader, you have to deal with countless stressors, from the pressures of business management to the well-being of your employees and other stakeholders. It can be difficult to find time for yourself! However, research shows that successful leaders prioritize personal wellness both at home and at work. After all, if you don’t prioritize your emotional and physical health, you’ll be too depleted and burnt out to take care of your business’s needs. Plus, taking care of yourself is a great way to inspire others throughout the organization to do the same. In this workshop, you’ll hear from a leading health and wellness speaker about how you can maintain your own health and wellness while tending to your leadership duties.

    What you’ll learn:

    • The guiding values for personal wellness
    • How healthy living can improve brain health for better cognitive and executive function, and the positive impact it has on leadership
    • How to improve your health in the short, medium and long term
    • Unique tips and tricks on how teams and executives can implement health into their organizations

    This workshop is limited to first 50 registrants.

    • Jennifer DiMotta Founder Uprisors
  • 9:00 am 12:00 pm
    Pre-Conference Workshop 3 | Corporate Board Readiness Workshop

    The facts are clear: Organizations with women in leadership positions perform better. They surpass others in social responsiveness, sustainability, and financial performance. Recent evidence also indicates that companies with female board members are more successful than those without women, a key concern for organizational competitiveness. But how do you get on a corporate board? And, perhaps more importantly, how do you know if you’re ready? In this interactive workshop, you’ll from a leader in corporate board readiness about how to prepare yourself to make an impact on the modern business environment.

    What you’ll learn:

    • the role and responsibilities of corporate board membership;
    • what board recruiters are looking for in a candidate, and what they will see as your strengths (and weaknesses);
    • how to market yourself as a potential board member and how it’s different from seeking an executive position;
    • how to prepare your board bio, resume and LinkedIn profile;
    • how to negotiate your compensation package if offered the position;
    • and so much more!

    This workshop is limited to first 50 registrants.

    • Suzanne M. Burns Partner - Board & CEO Practices Spencer Stuart
  • 1:00 pm 1:15 pm
  • 1:20 pm 1:35 pm
    Changing What's Possible: Alongside Synchrony

    Synchrony has created a culture embedded with deep partner relationships and expertise while also supporting employee’s well-being at the same time.

    In the last year and a half Synchrony has infused notions of overall well-being for employees – including coaches, open discussions, virtual family events and more. These infused wellness options span into how we approach our innovations, relationships and more.

    Specifically, two employees have thrived and succeeded despite their own personal trials through the last year. Their stories will evoke emotion, understanding – and a call for your organization to do the same. Synchrony is always “Changing What’s Possible” through employee programs, partner relationships and more.

    • Elizabeth Chavez Phillips VP, American Eagle Marketing Leader Synchrony
    • Marlena Brun VP, Program Manager - Strategic Initiatives Synchrony
  • 1:40 pm 2:25 pm
    Ellen Latham on How She Transformed a Career Setback Into Orangetheory Fitness
  • 2:30 pm 2:40 pm
    Anything is Possible

    Catching lightning in a bottle once is epic, but thrice is pure genius. e.l.f. believes anything is possible if you have your head in the stars, your feet on the ground and are moving at e.l.f. speed. In this session, e.l.f. Beauty CMO and President of Keys Soulcare, Kory Marchisotto, will share her personal story of shooting for the stars, taking e.l.f Beauty to new heights and launching a new brand during the pandemic. Tinuiti’s CMO Dalton Dorné will share insights on partnering with e.l.f to fuel this OG disruptor’s record-breaking journey that has established e.l.f as one of the most powerful beauty brands in 2020.

    • Dalton Dorné Chief Marketing Officer Tinuiti
    • Kory Marchisotto Chief Marketing Officer, President e.l.f. Beauty, Keys Soulcare
  • 2:45 pm 3:30 pm
    Professional Leadership Strategies With Women in Retail Leadership Circle’s Career Coaches

    Executive coaching is a relationship where qualified professionals work with leaders to help them achieve a variety of goals, such as gaining more self-awareness or clarifying their career path. In this session you’ll hear from several Women in Retail-certified 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! Questions from the audience are encouraged!

    • Danielle Moser Global Career Management Solutions ManpowerGroup Talent Solutions
    • Dr. Betty Orlandino Founder Betty Orlandino, PhD, Inc.
    • Courtney A. Seard Head of Diversity, Learning, and Inclusion- The Americas Soho House & Co.
    • Quendrida Whitmore Executive Coach and Career Consultant Coach Quen - Quendrida Whitmore Coaching & Consulting
    • Jennifer Thornton Founder 304 Coaching
    • Lizzie Alberga President Collective Gain
  • 3:35 pm 3:45 pm
    Maximize Lifetime Value of Millennial Shoppers

    Learn how Revolve and Riskified increased return visits 50 percent by creating a frictionless experience for shoppers.

    • Marina Moraes Strategic Growth Director Riskified
  • 3:45 pm 4:30 pm

    No screens, no Zoom meetings, no “you’re muted [insert name here]” – just some much needed in-person networking. We’ve purposely left this scheduled networking break unstructured. Enjoy the pop-up shops, Zen-out in the Wellness Pavilion and, most importantly, connect with fellow women leaders. Make this precious time count! This is what we’ve missed most.

  • 4:30 pm 4:40 pm
    Leading in Retail During (Continuously) Uncertain Times

    With the rapid shift of consumer behaviors sparked by a world in flux, how can retail leaders ensure they are charting the right path forward? Afterpay’s Melissa Davis will share her outlook on how to effectively lead a retail business right now, from strategy and development to learning how to adapt those strategies when things don’t go to plan. She’ll provide insights from her firsthand experience at a booming retail technology company, as well as her perspective on the retailers she works with every day that are succeeding.

    • Melissa Davis CRO Afterpay
  • 4:45 pm 5:30 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!

    • Cindy Solomon Founder, CEO and President Courageous Leadership Institute, Inc.
  • 5:30 pm 7:00 pm
    Welcome Reception

    Join us for Women in Retail Leadership Circle’s opening reception, where you’ll be able to safely enjoy cocktails and nibbles, fun entertainment and activations, and of course, networking! What a perfect way to celebrate being together again. This reception is sponsored by our partner Synchrony.

Tuesday, October 12

  • 7:00 am 8:00 am
    Yoga or HIIT Class

    Join us at the âme Spa & Wellness Collective onsite at the JW Marriott Turnberry for a group yoga or H.I.I.T – Bootcamp class. An enhanced form of interval training and cardiovascular exercise, H.I.I.T. uses alternating periods of short and intense anaerobic exercise with recovery periods.

    Join us at the âme Spa & Wellness Collective onsite at the JW Marriott Turnberry for a group yoga or HIIT - Bootcamp class. An enhanced form of interval training and cardiovascular exercise, H.I.I.T. uses alternating periods of short and intense anaerobic exercise with recovery periods. | more
  • 8:00 am 9:00 am
    Breakfast and Morning Mingle
  • 9:00 am 9:10 am
    • Melissa Campanelli Co-Founder Women in Retail Leadership Circle
  • 9:15 am 9:25 am
    Next-Gen Impact

    Join Lisa Basch, general manager of client partnerships at Alliance Data, and Kelly Mahoney, vice president of customer marketing at Ulta Beauty, as they explore Gen Z’s expectations for connected experiences, from discovery to purchase.

    • Lisa Basch General Manager, Client Partnership Alliance Data
    • Kelly Mahoney Vice President, Customer Marketing Ulta Beauty
  • 9:30 am 10:15 am
    Stacy London on Transformation, Aging Gracefully and Finding Personal and Professional Success
    In this engaging keynote interview, listen in as Stacy London shares her journey from world-renowned fashion stylist to CEO of personal care brand State of Menopause and advocate for treating middle-aged and older women with dignity and respect. Hear how Stacy rose to fame on the popular TLC reality show “What Not to Wear” and how experiencing chronic health issues related to menopause and grieving the death of her father gave her a fresh new perspective on life. Stacy will also discuss what she’s learned by going through multiple transformations — entering a new career, embracing a new phase of life, and encouraging others to do the same. You will love Stacy’s story from start to finish.
    • Jane Hanson Communications Coach HHH Productions
    • Stacy London Co-Founder and CEO State Of Menopause
  • 10:20 am 10:30 am
    Thriving: How Health and Well-Being Can Transform Your Life and Business
    • Michelle Golladay Senior Director, Client Marketing Wunderkind
    • Dee Ray Chief Marketing Officer
  • 10:35 am 11:20 am
    Leading in the "Next Normal"

    The world has experienced widespread disruption over the past year. However, the so-called “next normal” is coming into focus, and it’s clear: There’s no going back. Organizations and individuals have to discover new ways of working and new ways of motivating employees and keeping them engaged. And companies also must speak to their consumers differently, as their needs have changed. So, what does this mean for leaders? How must they change the way they lead to meet the needs of a new workforce as well as a new consumer. This session will discuss the pros and cons of a hybrid work schedule, keeping employees engaged during the Great Resignation, the leadership styles that are currently working — and those that are not — meeting the needs of the new consumers, and more.

    • Sharonda Weatherspoon SVP, Stores and Co-Chair for Diversity and Inclusion Ralph Lauren
    • Brynn Evanson Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer The Michaels Companies, Inc.
    • Sarah Engel Chief Marketing Officer and Chief People Officer  January Digital
    • Melinda McAfee Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer Victoria’s Secret & Co
    • Phyllis Marcus Partner Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
  • 11:20 am 11:30 am
  • 11:30 am 11:40 am
    How True Religion Engages Hybrid Shoppers with Omnichannel Marketing

    As the retail industry continues to shift and consumers increasingly adopt a hybrid approach to shopping, iconic denim brand True Religion is engaging their customers both online and in-stores. This session will explore how the brand takes an omnichannel approach to marketing and uses channels like SMS to connect their digital and in-store shopping experiences.

    • Angela Clark Executive Vice President, Digital True Religion Brand Jeans
    • Taylor Clancy Senior Director of Strategic Enterprise Accounts Attentive
  • 11:45 am 12:30 pm
    Annie Young-Scrivner on Turning Adversity into Advantage

    Annie Young-Scrivner took the helm of the newly independent global beauty leader, Wella Company, right before the onset of a global pandemic shutdown the professional hair industry. In this enlightening presentation, Annie will discuss how to thrive under any circumstances by staying focused on your goals:   listening to the needs of your customers and consumers, building a resilient organization and team, and how her personal journey has built her leadership style to cultivate success by dreaming big, staying focused on the goals and navigating through adversity and turn it into advantage.

    • Annie Young-Scrivner CEO The Wella Company
  • 12:30 pm 12:40 pm
    Turning HQ’s Dreams Into Store Reality: How maurices Stays True to Its Brand Promise

    With more than 900 locations across North America, maurices is committed to providing “real, amazing, everyday women” with “real, amazing service, every day.” In this fireside chat, Kacie Ulsh, director of field experience at maurices, speaks with Zipline CEO and co-founder Melissa Wong about the strategies she uses to inspire and empower the brand’s 14,000+ associates across 900 stores, and how she has cultivated an authentic, collective partnership between headquarters and field teams that enables innovation and agility.

    • Melissa Wong Founder and CEO Zipline
    • Kacie Ulsh Director of Field Experience maurices
  • 12:40 pm 2:00 pm
    Lunch and Holistic Leadership Workshops

    Join us for our lunch and holistic leadership workshops, where you will be have a boxed lunch followed by two 30 min. workshop-shop style sessions on wellness/self-care and leadership strategies.

    Track 1: Beating Burnout and Achieving Your Leadership Goals
    Track 2: The Mindset of Resilience and Beyond COVID Challenges to “The Great ReAwakening” in the New World of Work
    Track 3: Setting Boundaries and Finding Peace and Hiring, Retaining and Developing a Pipeline of Talent

    • Courtney A. Seard Head of Diversity, Learning, and Inclusion- The Americas Soho House & Co.
    • Lizzie Alberga President Collective Gain
    • Danielle Moser Global Career Management Solutions ManpowerGroup Talent Solutions
    • Jennifer Thornton Founder 304 Coaching
    • Dr. Amy Shah Author Amy MD Wellness
    • Erin McConlogue CEO/Founder Lumiere Sciences
    • Sydney Romanov Lead Facilitator and Executive Coach Lumiere Sciences
    • CC Cameron Senior Consultant | Leader Coach Talent Solutions - Right Management
    • Bonnie Diamond Senior Consultant | New York City Lead Talent Solutions - Right Management
    • Ingrid Morris Marketing and Content Creation Lumiere Sciences
    • Meaghan McConlogue Chief Strategy Officer Lumiere Sciences
  • 2:00 pm 3:15 pm

    Yes! Another networking session. Again, we’ve purposely added time into our program for attendees to mix and mingle with fellow women executives. This time is meant to be unstructured, to encourage engaging in comfortable, yet meaningful conversations with other attendees, while also enjoying pop-up shops, activations, and the many surprises we have planned.

  • 3:15 pm 3:25 pm
    Preparing People and Organizations for Transformation to Drive Sustainable Growth

    The last 16 months watching the retail industry regenerate at a pace not seen since the dawn of the internet. With that has come a massive opportunity for retail to transform – to meet the needs of shoppers, to rethink the business model, and to thrive. But behind that opportunity there are barriers to change around the people, processes, and technology that too often are working towards competing goals. In this session, hear from Sherene Hilal, senior vice president of marketing and business operations for Bluecore, about what it actually means to transform and how to do it successfully in order to drive sustainable growth.

  • 3:30 pm 4:15 pm
    Alexandra Wilkis Wilson on the Value of Having an Entrepreneurial Mindset

    It’s a fact: Whether you work at a startup or in a big corporate environment, entrepreneurial thinking leads to growth, success, job satisfaction and more. In this presentation, Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, visionary entrepreneur, investor, and one of the founders of Gilt and GLAMSQUAD, discusses her career, leadership tips, and why she believes it’s critical to have an entrepreneurial mindset to succeed in today’s new normal.

    • Alexandra Wilkis Wilson Co-Founder and CEO Clerisy
  • 4:15 pm 4:25 pm
    Partner Presentation
  • 4:30 pm 5:15 pm
    Inspirational Life and Career Advice From Retail Leaders

    In this informative and insightful panel discussion, you’ll get the chance to really get to know some extraordinary women retail leaders. We’re talking a no-holds-barred conversation with women who are changing the retail industry. You’ll hear about the leadership strategies that have made them successful; tips for managing during difficult and trying times; their favorite ways to motivate and bond their teams; how they personally escape work ruts or challenging days; the podcasts and books that inspire them; and much more. The leadership panel is an inspirational, enlightening, and energizing session, and one not to be missed.

    • Molly Langenstein CEO and President Chico's FAS
    • Michelle Kelly CEO Lilly Pulitzer
    • Christiane Pendarvis Co-President, Chief Merchandising and Design Officer Savage X Fenty
    • Paige Thomas CEO & President Saks OFF 5TH
    • Stacey Renfro CEO mDesign Home Decor
    • Miki Racine Berardelli Principal/Founder miki b llc
  • 5:15 pm 5:30 pm
    Honoring the 2021 Top Women in Retail and Women on the Rise

    Congratulations to this year’s Top Women in Retail and Women on the Rise! Join us as we celebrate their accomplishments, and don’t forget to grab a copy of the 2021 Top Women in Retail report.

    • Jennifer DiPasquale President and Co-Founder Women in Retail Leadership Circle
  • 6:30 pm 9:00 pm
    Summit Soiree

    Join us for Women in Retail Leadership Circle’s  Summit Soiree, where you’ll be able to safely enjoy delicious food, refreshing cocktails, and fun entertainment and activations amongst some great company. We promise it’s going to be a blast!

Wednesday, October 13

  • 7:00 am 8:00 am
    Yoga or HIIT Class

    Join us at the âme Spa & Wellness collective onsite at the JW Marriott Turnberry for a group yoga or HIIT – Bootcamp class. An enhanced form of interval training and cardiovascular exercise, H.I.I.T. uses alternating periods of short and intense anaerobic exercise with recovery periods.

    Join us at the âme Spa & Wellness collective onsite at the JW Marriott Turnberry for a group yoga or HIIT - Bootcamp class. An enhanced form of interval training and cardiovascular exercise, H.I.I.T. uses alternating periods of short and intense anaerobic exercise with recovery periods. | more
  • 8:00 am 9:00 am
    Breakfast and Morning Mingle
  • 9:00 am 9:10 am
    • Jennifer DiPasquale President and Co-Founder Women in Retail Leadership Circle
  • 9:15 am 9:25 am
    A Caregiver’s Journey

    Career decisions can be difficult to manage when one has a caregiver’s role to take on. Regardless of whether you are caring for a child, a spouse, an aging loved one, a pet and so-on, making the choice of taking time off from work, and the subsequent re-entry strategy can overwhelming. In this session, Barbara Waite, the vice president of sales and vertical lead at Fiserv, recounts her journey and thought process around her decisions. Joining Barbara on stage is Beverly Reilly, director of payments at The Home Depot, who will discuss her similar journey, but one that is in the earlier stages.

    • Barbara Waite Vice President, Sales - Vertical Lead, Corporate Enterprise Sales Fiserv
    • Beverly Reilly Director of Payments The Home Depot
  • 9:30 am 10:15 am
    Zero to Breakthrough: How a Breakthrough Mentality Creates a Breakthrough Life

    Acknowledge the obstacles, DON’T give them power! In this presentation, you’ll be inspired by Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour, the United States’ first female African-American combat pilot as she shares her personal story of setbacks, challenges, adventure, success and triumph. In this session, FlyGirl will take 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!

    During this session you will discover:

    • How to acknowledge the inevitable challenges and obstacles, and continue to drive toward the solution
    • The tangibility of possibility
    • Delay is not denial, and to retreat does not mean defeat
    • How to engage a breakthrough mentality
    • Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour Founder/CBO (Chief Breakthrough Officer) VAI Consulting and Training, LLC
  • 10:15 am 11:00 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 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.

    • Sherri Yukel CEO & Founder Big Dot of Happiness
    • Dana Donofree Founder and CEO AnaOno
    • Christina Stembel CEO and Founder Farmgirl Flowers
    • Cindy Marshall CEO and Founder SHINE Strategy
  • 11:00 am 11:15 am
  • 11:15 am 12:00 pm
    Diversity, Equity 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.

    • Roz Johnson Senior Vice President, Store Operations and Guest Experience Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc.
    • Peggy Anderson Head of Talent Acquisition Shutterfly
    • Dwetri Addy Director, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Stitch Fix
    • Liz Caraballo Senior Vice President, Human Resources Synchrony
    • Bahja Johnson Head of Customer Belonging Gap Inc.
  • 12:00 pm 1:15 pm
    Lunch & Closing Keynote: Why Humor is a Superpower at Work and at Life
    When we’re kids we laugh all the time. When we grow up, we start working and suddenly become “serious and important people,” trading laughter for bottom lines and mind-dumbing Zoom calls. But the benefits of humor for work and life are huge. Studies have shown that humor makes us appear more competent and confident, strengthens our relationships, unlocks creativity and boosts resilience during difficult times. In this lively, interactive and yes, fun, keynote presentation, Naomi Bagdonas, a lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, executive coach and co-author of “Humor, Seriously: Why Humor Is a Secret Weapon in Business and Life,” will discuss the business benefits of bringing laughter and light-heartedness to the workplace.
    • Naomi Bagdonas Executive Coach, Author, Lecturer Stanford Graduate School of Business
  • 1:15 pm 1:30 pm
    Close of Conference | Champagne Toast!
    • Melissa Campanelli Co-Founder Women in Retail Leadership Circle
    • Jennifer DiPasquale President and Co-Founder Women in Retail Leadership Circle

Coaches Corner

A Women in Retail Leadership Summit exclusive! Check out our "Coaches Corner," where Women in Retail-certified coaches offer 10 to 15 hours of free coaching over the duration of our event. Interested attendees can sign up for 30-minute meetings with our coaches on our virtual platform. Coaches who have signed on include:

Chae Kyle (Financial Planner)
Martina Mason (Financial Planner)
Bonnie Diamond
CC Cameron
Jennifer Thornton
Danielle Beauparlant Moser
Dr. Betty Orlandino
Courtney A. Seard
Quendrida Whitmore
Lizzie Alberga


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