In honor of Hillary Kerr and Katherine Power’s new book, The Career Code: Must-Know Rules for a Strategic, Stylish, and Self-Made Career ($12), we’re running an interview series featuring 17 questions (in honor of the book’s 17 chapters) about the work lives of the most inspirational female leaders in the fashion industry. So far, we’ve tapped Lauren Conrad, Sally Singer, Candice Lake, and more. Up next? Julie Wainwright.
Julie Wainwright, founder and CEO of TheRealReal, is a powerful and influential businesswoman in the fashion industry. As an e-commerce pioneer, Julie Wainwright was CEO of Reel.com in 1997 and Pets.com in 1999 before founding the luxury consignment site TheRealReal. With several tech and business awards under her belt, she's no stranger to success and hard work. With her entrepreneurial skills and innovative way of thinking, she's truly changing the game as the leader in authenticated luxury consignment.
Scroll down to learn how Wainwright got to where she is and her advice for feeling powerful.
"Early in my career, as I was being promoted, I kept asking for salary increases. I should have asked for more equity."
"I eat at my desk, usually a OatMega bar. Too much food at lunch slows me down. Business lunches are rare for me."
If you could ask the CEO one question, what would it be? Let us know in the comments below, and shop TheRealReal's new arrivals.