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Alexandra Wilkis-Wilson Entrepreneur, Author & Co-Founder of Gilt and GlamSquad
Alexandra has now built three companies that exploit new ways to deliver value to under-served markets and consumers. The first was Gilt, a pioneer in the retail market that changed the online retailing landscape with respect to sales. The next was GLAMSQUAD, taking advantage of the Uber-inspired on-demand economy to bring beauty services directly to the homes and offices of busy consumers across the country. The third is her newest company, Fitz. It allows busy clients to utilize the expertise of talented stylists to organize, edit, catalog and build fashionable and functional wardrobes for all occasions, right from the consumer’s home. With each business, she has not only spotted under-served value opportunities, but has built a business system and team to turn these opportunities into disruptive innovations in those industries. In her presentations, Alexandra uses her own experiences, as well as other examples to help you identify opportunities and use these as potential game-changers in the future. With heart-felt passion, she delves into the roadblocks and course corrections that all companies, no matter the size, will hit in defining new value creation and by thinking outside of the box. Alexandra is the co-author of the New York Times bestselling book By Invitation Only: How We Built Gilt and Changed the Way Millions Shop (Portfolio/Penguin) documenting the company's meteoric and much-imitated trajectory. Prior to Gilt, Wilson managed retail operations at Bulgari and worked in sales planning for Louis Vuitton North America. She is frequently covered in the media as a pioneer and an entrepreneur on the cutting edge. As a groundbreaking New York City-based entrepreneur and dealmaker in digital commerce, luxury merchandising and business development, Wilson speaks regularly at international conferences and events, sharing stories that make a huge difference in how business their own future opportunities.