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
How to Disrupt Your Industry: Lessons from an Innovation Icon
Creating Innovation in The Workplace
Building a High-Performing Team
Women in Business and Leadership
- The Gramlist: Spring Organizing with Guest Editor: Fitz
- Fortune: Gilt Groupe Co-Founder Interview
- BizJournal: Meet Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, CEO of GlamSquad and a Woman of Influence
- The New York Times: Alexandra Wilkis Wilson Interview
- The Wall Street Journal: Gilt Groupe Co-Founder Takes Aim At The Beauty Business
Harvard Business School
Ernst & Young
Global Retail Marketing Association
TEDx Silicon Alley
Wharton Business School
Girls Who Code
Milken Institute Global Conference
Columbia Business School
Tech Week New York City
American Apparel & Footwear Assn.
The Event Planner Expo
Republic National Bank
New York Entrepreneur Week
The National Jewelry Association
The Gamification Summit
Fashion Group International
...and many more
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.
- 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 Fitz, which 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.
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 100Ranked #18 in The Daily News’ “Fashion's 50 Most Fascinating”