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FN’s “Women Empowered” Virtual Roundtable Takes Place Tomorrow

The FN “Women in Power” event has become a mainstay on the footwear calendar. This year’s outing will be no exception when it’s re-envisioned as FN’s first “Women Empowered” virtual roundtable, presented by Klarna.

At 2 p.m. ET on June 25, “Women Empowered: A Defining Moment for Female Leaders” will see FN executive editor Katie Abel joined by four women who are steering their teams at Nordstrom, Naturalizer, Merah Vodianova and Klarna through uncharted territory — as critical conversations about diversity and equality as well as the future of fashion top every leader’s agenda.

To register for the roundtable, click here.

Nordstrom chief merchandising officer Teri Bariquit will draw on her experience managing the storied retailer through an unprecedented period that saw the closing of the chain’s stores during coronavirus this spring. The company generates two thirds of its sales through those stores, creating a challenge for Nordstrom – but one that allowed its omnichannel approach to shine.

“Our investments to connect our digital and physical experiences continue to serve us well, and the impact of COVID-19 is further emphasizing the importance of these capabilities,” said Bariquit.

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The roundtable will also feature two creative talents — rising British name Merah Vodianova, founder and designer at Merah Vodianova, and Angelique Joseph, VP of global design for Caleres brand Naturalizer. While building a new brand in an uncertain retail environment is difficult, Vodianova has embraced the opportunity to create jobs during the pandemic.

“By still moving forward with my new fashion brand, The Cutt Label — WhatsApp video is my new best friend – I have been able to provide working opportunities for the team,” Vodianova told FN. “Finding ways to move forward in the best way possible in all areas of life, be it family, relationships or business, has kept me in a good place.”

Lindy Crea, head of US partnerships at Klarna, will represent the global payment solution and share insight into consumer behavior in the new normal.

All of the leaders will address how they’re personally navigating changes and challenges as fashion and retail evolve. They will also tackle the important topic of diversity — and what the industry can do to ignite change now.

“Our community has high expectations that we need to meet with transparency – we must be honest about our values and commitments, whether it’s our safety protocols and the timing of our re-opening, or our commitment to diversity,” said Bariquit. “I’m incredibly grateful for the dedication and commitment of our teams who have made us nimbler and more flexible than ever before.”

Previous webinars hosted by FN include the “Executive Smart Talk” series, which has hosted conversations with Zappos GM and Chief Merchant Jeff Espersen; Fila North American president Jennifer Estabrook and Klarna US head David Sykes; Deckers president and CEO Dave Powers; and Foot Locker president and CEO Dick Johnson.

Today, FN hosted the virtual roundtable “Race Revolution: Apologies and Action — Why Brands Need to do Both.”

Tune in on June 25 at 2 p.m. for the first virtual edition of FN’s women’s empowerment event, with executives from Nordstrom, Naturalizer, Merah Vodianova and Klarna. To register, click here.

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