Alexandra Wilkis Wilson

Top Innovation Executive, Author & Keynote Speaker

  • SVP of Consumer Strategy & Innovation, Allergan
  • Co-Founder of Gilt, Fitz, and GLAMSQUAD
  • Co-Author, By Invitation Only: How We Built Gilt and Changed the Way Millions Shop
  • Former Manager at Bulgari, Louis Vuitton, and Merrill Lynch
  • Earned an MBA at Harvard Business School

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 (bio) has won her acclaim.

Areas of Expertise

Innovation | Disruption | Retail | Teamwork | Talent | Entrepreneurship | Startups | Talent


Speech Topics

How to Disrupt Your Industry: Lessons from an Innovation Icon

 
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.

Creating Innovation in The Workplace

 
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.

Building a High-Performing Team

 
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.

Women in Business and Leadership

 
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, GLAMSQUAD, Fitz, and now Allergan.

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Client List

Verizon
JP Morgan
Facebook
Pepsi
YPO
Goldman Sachs
Harvard Business School
Starwood Capital
Perry Ellis
Ernst & Young
Google
Global Retail Marketing Association
Thompson Reuters
Nike
Deutsche Bank
TEDx Silicon Alley
Wharton Business School
Girls Who Code
NAWBO
Birchbox
American Express
Milken Institute Global Conference

Deloitte
Columbia Business School
Credit Suisse
Tech Week New York City
American Apparel & Footwear Assn.
Citi
The Event Planner Expo
American Airlines
Republic National Bank
Curalate
New York Entrepreneur Week
Lazard
Liberty Media
The National Jewelry Association
Herrick Feinstein
NYU
The Gamification Summit
Fashion Group International
eBay
Criteo
...and many more


Bio

Alexandra Wilkis Wilson

The Art of Business Disruption

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 recently joined Allergan as the Senior Vice President of Consumer Strategy and Innovation.

At Allergan, she will lead this bold global pharmaceutical company into creating new sources of revenue by building businesses which target consumers in a revolutionary way never before seen in the pharma sector.  This is one of the largest private entrepreneurial innovation efforts ever seen.

 
This is the perfect use of Alexandra's remarkable experience, having built three companies that exploited 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.  In 2016 Gilt sold to Hudson's Bay Company.
    • 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. She led the company through rapid growth and raised $24M in venture capital for top-tier firms including NEA, Softbank and Lerer Hippeau Ventures.
    • The third was Fitzwhich 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. After one year in operation, Fitz was sold to the premier online peer-to-peer reseller of women’s fashion.
 
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 Wilkis Wilson black background holding a microphoneIn 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 heartfelt 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.

 

  Awards 

  • New York Business Journal Women of Influence Award, 2016
  • Endeavor Miami: High Impact Entrepreneur, 2015
  • Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, 2015
  • Business Insider: The Hottest Startup CEOs in America, 2014
  • Silicon Alley 100: The Coolest People In New York City Tech, 2014
  • Spirit of Achievement Honoree, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 2014
  • United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) 2013
  • Businesswoman of the Year NBC Latino: Top 20 Innovators, 2013
  • Cosmopolitan for Latinas: Fun Fearless Latina Award Winner, 2013
  • “Visionary Award” by Fashion 2.0, 2012
  • Top 10 Most Powerful Moms: Entrepreneurs by Working Mother, 2011
  • Ernst & Young Metro New York Entrepreneur of the Year Award for eCommerce, 2010
  • Endeavor Entrepreneur of the Year, 2010
  • Crain's The Next Generation: Emerging Leaders Under 40, 2009
  • Member of the Vogue 120, since 2009
  • Ranked #4 of the Silicon Alley 100, 2009
  • Huffington Post Style Game Changer, 2009
  • Member of the eHow 100
    Ranked #18 in The Daily News’ “Fashion's 50 Most Fascinating”