Alexandra Wilkis Wilson is the rare entrepreneur who is successful in virtually everything she has endeavored in her young but already seasoned career. Having launched a wildly successful luxury e-commerce site that quickly became an industry legend followed by a mobile app company on target to scale similar heights of success, Wilson encapsulates the new modern view of business leadership and innovation — one that places meaningful work above quick profits and rampant growth or expansion.
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 a regular speaker at national and international conferences and events. She is articulate on a range of topics from luxury, to retail, to entrepreneurship, to digital media, to social media. Speaking engagements of note include: Deutsche Bank’s “Women on Wall Street”, Liberty Media’s “Net Leaders Conference”, “Media Dealmakers Summit”, “Ladies Who Launch”, “Women Mean Business”, “New York Entrepreneur Week”, “Womensphere Emerging Leaders Summit”, “Women Entrepreneurs Festival” and “The Business of Fashion” hosted by Republic National Bank. Alexandra has been invited by established corporations including Pepsi to address employees on effective marketing strategies. Alexandra has given lectures or been keynote speaker at conferences at universities including Harvard Business School, Harvard College, Wharton, MIT, Columbia Business School, NYU, Parsons and FIT.
History reveals the dirty little secret of innovation: Its potential remains dormant unless it is coupled with a business system that unleashes its disruptive energy – either by unsettling an existing industry or by creating a new one – and channels that energy into a value-capturing enterprise. On occasion, a technology innovation can give birth to new streams of value that are evolutionary, if not revolutionary. This is where Alexandra Wilkis Wilson has won her acclaim.
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.
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.
What does it really take to invent our future?
Creating value is just the beginning. To make money from innovation, you must drive your industry’s evolution — even before the industry exists.
As one of the most successful entrepreneurial innovators today, Alexandra Wilkis Wilson shares the key skills that people need, including spotting value opportunities in new or underserved markets, moving ideas from value creation (revenues) to value capture (profits), building a process around value (not value around the process), selecting the right talent to execute…and much more. This is a critical presentation for all business people looking to maximize growth in the future.
This is a critical presentation for all business people looking to maximize growth in the future.
Most companies and individuals can benefit from incorporating innovative and entrepreneurial thinking and action in the workplace.
No matter if you work at a startup or in a big corporate environment, innovation leads to growth, success, job retention and loyalty among employees at all levels.
In this presentation, Alexandra explains why it is critical that companies incorporate and welcome innovation and creativity from all levels of an organization.
Great things in business are never done by one person.
Building a team is one of the most critical things you can do to drive results, whether you’re working in the startup or an established organization.
Referencing examples from her own experiences as an entrepreneur, advisor and angel investor, Alexandra examines teamwork at every level of the game, including the skills competency and personalities which compliment the other team members, sharing a common approach and purpose, and marrying these two a structure that enables both creativity and efficient work production, and creating mutual accountability toward that ultimate purpose…all frameworks for building a high-performance team.
As a frequent and celebrated speaker at women’s organizations, Alexandra is particularly adept at encouraging women to become leaders and find their true potential in the global workplace.
Sharing firsthand experience as a leader and entrepreneur in her own right, she shares stories of working in male-dominated environments including investment banking and the luxury sector, as well as the barriers she shattered in her own endeavors at Gilt and GLAMSQUAD.