Ann Taylor CEO On Women Leadership:
“Nobody can have it all! Men or women. But you can have what you want if you focus on it and figure it out.”
Forbes Writer Jenna Goudreau sat down with Kay Krill, CEO of Ann, Inc. This is such an inspiring interview that touches on women leadership: pursing the ideal work/life balance and helping young girls become the future of women leadership.
Krill sat down with me to discuss the latest at Ann, what it’s like leading a company of 20,000 women, the truth behind the “having it all” paradox and the one piece of career advice that changed her life.In 1999, veteran retailer Kay Krill gave birth to triplets: Twin boys and women’s casual clothing store the LOFT, which she launched as the little sister brand of up-market chain Ann Taylor. Today she is CEO of parent company Ann Inc., and LOFT is a billion-dollar business. The 57-year-old is also a mom of teenage boys who always makes it home for dinner.
Jenna Goudreau: You’ve been with Ann Taylor for 18 years, and CEO for seven. How has professional women’s fashion evolved over that time?
Kay Krill: It used to be that women thought they needed to wear a suit to look professional. Those days are gone. Women are dressing in versatile separates rather than matchy-matchy jackets and pants. Color has also been trending. A year ago it was more about colorful tops, and now it’s colorful bottoms. We’re also selling more dresses and skirts.
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