Single mom Cashmere Nicole put herself through college and battled breast cancer while building Beauty Bakerie, and this year the six-year-old brand has generated nearly $5 million in sales. Unilever's investment arm recently invested $3 million in the company, and Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas has voiced her support for the makeup brand.
Keep social media images and posts clean and sober, and don't badmouth previous employers if you want to win over recruiters. About 70% of companies check out candidates on social media, according to a Career Builder study, and the majority will drop a qualified candidate if their social pages raise red flags.
Schedule a meeting when it's time to talk promotions with your boss and use the opportunity to discuss your accomplishments and make a plan for moving up, said Samantha Wallace of Korn Ferry. "It is never a good idea to walk into a boss's office and demand a promotion."
Workout chain SoulCycle teamed with streetwear brand Public School on a line of high-end workout fashions modeled in a fashion show during a recent SoulCycle class in New York. SoulCycle has doubled as a fashion retailer for several years, introducing new collections of branded athletic and athleisure styles each month.
Louis Terline and Jeff Madalena founded boutique retailer Oak in 2003, sold the business to American Apparel in 2013 and bought it back last year after American Apparel filed for bankruptcy. Today, the founders are working on Oak's merchandise, downsizing stores and revamping logistics, with the goal of selling only their private-label goods by next year.
Lauren Berger founded Intern Queen Inc. in 2009 to connect young people with the internships and career opportunities of their dreams. Recently, Berger has been featured on "Today" and in The New York Times and Seventeen magazine, and on Friday, Jan. 12, she'll be speaking at Retail's Big Show Student Program. Learn more.
The highest-rated session from the 2017 Student Program at Retail's BIG Show is back. The Executive Mentor Experience, sponsored by American Express, is a popular session that puts students in roundtables with inspirational retail executives to ask their most burning questions and receive tips to be successful in retail. See participating companies.