Merrick, NY—The 25in5 Conference, sponsored by CENTURION and INSTORE, is pleased to announce Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, co-founder of Gilt and GLAMSQUAD, as the luncheon keynote speaker.
“Alexandra’s real world luxury and jewelry e-commerce experience will be especially valuable to our attendees,” said CENTURION’s Howard Hauben and INSTORE’s Matthijs Braakman. “Our vision is to provide retailers with a Deep Dive Day that will motivate and inspire each store’s team to strive to achieve 25% of growing store revenue in the digital space within 5 years from now. We realize that not all of this revenue will be shopping-cart driven, but it WILL ALL be driven by your increasingly successful efforts in the digital space.”
Alexandra Wilkis Wilson has a wealth of experience with both jewelry and e-commerce: a pioneering dealmaker who found success in the nexus of technology and the luxury goods sector, Wilson is also an advisor, mentor, and angel investor who shares her expertise with diverse entrepreneurs.
Wilson rose to prominence at the intersection of technology and the luxury goods sector as the co-founder of Gilt, one of the first flash-sale sites in the U.S., which now claims over 10 million members, ships to over 180 countries, and sells more than 4,000 international brands. Over the course of seven years, she assumed multiple roles at the influential start-up, including her initial role as chief merchandising officer. Together with Gilt co-founder Alexis Maybank, she is the author of the New York Times best-selling 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 Bvlgari, overseeing 15 North American stores, worked in sales planning for Louis Vuitton North America, and also worked at Financo under the tutelage of the late Marvin Traub, the esteemed retail guru. She began her career in investment banking at Merrill Lynch, covering telecom, media, and technology companies throughout the United States, Europe and Latin America.
The 25in5 Conference will be held on Monday, October 17th at the Ritz Carlton South Beach hotel in Miami Beach, FL. Additional details are available here. To register, call (516) 377-5909.