Anne Mezzenga sits down with Shelley Huff, EVP Direct-to-Consumer Serta/Simmons and CEO Tuft & Needle as part of her ongoing Women’s Retail Collective Podcast Series.
Monica & Andy CEO/Founder, Monica Royer joins Anne Mezzenga to discuss how she built a brand that started as the next “project” she and her brother, Bonobos founder, Andy Dunn, took on to the turning it into the family lifestyle brand that it is today. The daughter of an Indian immigrant, retail was not a career path Monica expected for herself or her brother, but hard work and hustle were in their DNA, and the idea for starting a guide shop model for shopping was too good not to jump on. Hear her entire career story, where she plans to take the Monica & Andy brand in the coming months, and of course, her ultimate concert lineup – there’s at least one band you’d never expect.
Anne Mezzenga sits down with the woman who created the line of button-down shirts loved and adored by many, including Angelina Jolie and Meghan Markle. Audrey has had quite the career and she shares it ALL in this podcast. She tells us how a call from Oprah resulted in launching her first, full e-commerce site in under 5 weeks to how she has taken her latest entrepreneur sucker punch, going from the top-selling brand at Anthropologie to having all orders for the remainder of the year canceled in a matter of weeks.
The daughter of entrepreneurs and engineers, Rachel Elias Wein worked her way up from her first job at E&Y to become founder and CEO of her own business, Wein Plus.
Rachel Wein developed Wein Plus to fill a void she saw early in her career — the need for strategic consulting for real estate developers and retail owner-operators. Rachel helps national retailers like Kroger and Publix develop and implement strategies for their future physical footprints, and she has helped to make Publix one of the largest shopping center owners in the country.
You’ll get the full story on that, Rachel’s entire career, and where she thinks the future of the retail and real estate industries are headed, all in this latest edition of the Women’s Retail Collective Podcast with Anne Mezzenga.
Laura Heller is not only an influential woman in the retail industry but as the former Editor for Retail Dive and many other industry publications, she has also been responsible for finding and telling the stories behind the rapid changes it’s seen. Laura started her career in trade magazines, writing on the grocery industry and all the greatest “Deli, Dairy, Bake” trade shows you never knew existed(you have to hear her story to believe it) and is now Director of Editorial Content for Publicis Health Media. In this podcast, you’ll hear Laura’s full career story and the advice she gives to everyone she mentors, from her former students at Columbia College to Chris and me about how to stay passionate about the work, the story, and the lives behind this evolving retail industry.
Maria Vogelei started Nook because she was looking for an escape for her and her toddler daughter. What she didn’t realize was that after partnering with Co-Founder Sy Yang, they’d create one of the most innovative and successful re-inventions of mall spaces.
Sy and Maria share how they’ve taken their concept from one Nook location in Arlignton, VA to four in just a couple of years, and how they keep the mission of being a refuge for parents and children a top priority as they experiment with new ways of doing retail and physical experiences.
Tune in to hear how these two executives created their very own careers in retail, and how they are changing the look and feel of future retail spaces one “warm vanilla shell” at a time.
Amanda Brinkman carries two very significant titles: Chief Brand and Communications Officer of Deluxe and Creator/Host of the Award-winning show, Small Business Revolution.
While she’s done tremendous work in both roles, it’s her coming-of-age story that you’ll really want to hear. She shares with us the secrets she believes have led to her success in these roles, and how her philosophy of “Doing well by doing good” has opened up opportunities she never thought possible.
We also go deep into the challenges Main Street and big-box retailers are facing in the age of Amazon and how Amanda’s team at Small Business Revolution is approaching the problem one season at a time.
In the latest edition of her Women’s Retail Collective Podcast Series, Anne Mezzenga interviews Amanda Martinez, Albertsons Companies GVP Procurement.
Alicia Howell is well-known for her position as Chief Accounting Officer at 7-Eleven, but after hearing this podcast, you’ll see the critical role she plays in helping innovation teams there get the financial backing and continued support to keep their industry-first concepts coming to market. In this podcast Alicia shares her career journey, what it takes to manage the books of thousands of 7-Eleven franchisees, plus the song she puts on in the car to get her motivated to come to work every morning.
Women’s Retail Collective Podcast: Gap Inc. Sr. Director Customer Experience & Innovation Heidi Isern
In this episode of the Women’s Retail Collective Podcast, from NRF sponsored by LISNR, we meet Heidi Isern Sr. Director Customer Experience & Innovation for Gap, Inc. Heidi’s career has been quite a unique one. She’s traveled around the world interviewing women about their careers and led teams in design thinking for several retailers while at IDEO. You’ll also want to hear how she landed her current gig, creating a position for herself to lead the charge to perfect the customer experience for all Gap Inc. Brands.
Listen for her full story, live from the LISNR podcast booth at NRF 2020.
Abbe’s career in retail has been nothing short of inspiring – from her determination to be the best bagger at Big Bear all the way up to her current role as Chief Human Resources Officer of Ahold-Delhaize. With the grocery industry changing quickly, so is the future of grocery work. For Abbe, that means having a finger on the pulse of everything from emerging technology to evolving customer expectations and building a workforce who is ready to support it all.
On this episode of the Women’s Retail Collective Podcast, Anne interviews Karen Stuckey. Karen has had an unbelievable career in retail, starting in Chicago as a store manager at the Limited on Michigan Avenue to her current role at Walmart as SVP of Private Brands. Karen’s years of experience working on brands from Sara Lee to Target to Montgomery Ward have shaped how she and her team at Walmart are developing private brands for one of the largest retailers in the world.
On this episode of the Women’s Retail Collective Podcast, Anne Mezzenga meets with Shipt CEO Kelly Caruso. Kelly gives Anne her full career story from her days as a McDonald’s fry cook in Fargo to her most recent role as CEO of Shipt. She tells how she plans to take Shipt from start-up to thriving last-mile delivery provider for one of the largest retailers in the country.
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