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Co-Founders of to Explain Why “The Future of Shopping Is Now”

Posted 10/02/2013
Posted by David Isgur

Two of the co-founders of the online shopping site will present this year’s Ellsworth Lecture with a talk titled “The Future of Shopping Is Now,” on Thursday, Oct. 3, at 6 p.m. in Wilde Auditorium.  Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, founder and head of Strategic Alliances for Gilt Groupe, Inc., and Alexis Maybank, founder and chief business development and strategy officer for Gilt Groupe, Inc., will speak about the future of e-commerce.

The event, sponsored by the University of Hartford and its Barney School of Business, is free and open to the public. If you would like to attend, please register at

Just in time for the spring 2007 season, Alexis Maybank and Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, longtime friends and devoted New York City designer-sample sale shoppers, joined Kevin Ryan, Mike Bryzek, and Phong Nguyen to create the fastest, most exciting online shopping experience—

With BS and MBA degrees from Harvard University, Maybank has dedicated her career to building innovative and compelling online e-commerce experiences for consumers. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Springboard Enterprises’ Media/Tech Council, she was named to Crain’s “40 under 40” list in 2009 and awarded Ernst and Young’s New York Entrepreneur of the Year Award in2010. Prior to founding Gilt, Maybank was general manager of AOL’s e-commerce businesses. In 1998 she became an early member of the eBay team, joining the company’s first strategic planning group, led by cofounder Jeff Skoll. Maybank launched and ran eBay Canada and helped found eBay Motors, which grew to more than $2.5 billion in sales.

Wilson, a cofounder of Gilt, holds a BA from Harvard and an MBA from Harvard Business School. In her more than 14 years’ international experience in luxury goods, retail, and finance, she has managed both retail operations at Bulgari, overseeing 15 North American stores, and leather goods sales planning for Louis Vuitton North America. Following her early career in investment banking at Merrill Lynch, she worked for retail guru Marvin Traub at Financo, Inc. Wilson speaks five languages and is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization.

The Ellsworth Lecture program promotes an awareness of, and appreciation for, the American business system. It was created in 1979 by Ensign-Bickford Industries, Inc., to honor its former chairman, the late John E. Ellsworth.