The Women in Retail Leadership Summit Returns to Miami for its Sixth Year

Business January 22, 2019


The Women in Retail Leadership Summit Returns to Miami for its Sixth Year

Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC), a members-only association for enterprise-level women in the retail industry, has announced the details for its sixth annual Women in Retail Leadership Summit. The Summit will take place April 29 – May 1 at the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami. The Summit will host 350-plus leading women retail executives for two-and-a-half days, with content focused on business strategy and executive professional development.

The Women in Retail Leadership Summit was co-founded by Jennifer DiPasquale, president and chief revenue officer, Total Retail (sister brand of Women in Retail Leadership Circle); and Melissa Campanelli, editor-in-chief, Total Retail. Total Retail is a media brand that encompasses a variety of editorial products designed to meet the needs of retail professionals. DiPasquale and Campanelli identified the need for the then dwindling number of C-suite women in retail to connect, network and foster peer empowerment within the industry.

The Summit is designed to enable women in leadership positions at retail companies to network, learn from each other and improve business processes. Focusing on the unique needs of executive women in retail, attendees experience a balanced mix of content, including passionate presentations from industry peers, as well as fruitful networking opportunities.

“The Women in Retail Leadership Summit is a perfect blend of retail strategy and executive professional development for leading retailers and brands,” DiPasquale notes. “Our goal is to build a powerful community of women executives who can network and connect over three days at the Summit, as well as year-round with the Women in Retail Leadership Circle association. ”

A sampling of this year’s speakers include retail juggernauts Corie Barry, chief financial officer, Best Buy; Claudia Cividino, CEO, Americas, BallyLisa Collier, president and CEO, NYDJ; Vanessa LeFebvre, president, Lord & Taylor; Rosie O’Neill, co-founder and co-CEO, Sugarfina; and Amy Errett, founder and CEO, Madison Reed.

“The 2019 Women in Retail Leadership Summit will be better than ever,” says Campanelli. “We’ve brought together an extraordinary group of inspirational speakers who will be discussing everything from leadership best practices to the latest retail tech trends and more.”

For more information about the 2019 Women in Retail Leadership Summit or to obtain a conference pass, visit, or contact Jennifer DiPasquale at or Melissa Campanelli at

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