Place of Birth: New York
Ideal Interview Subject: Alexandra: Diane von Furstenberg Alexis: Ellen Sirleaf
Overachievers: Both Maybank and Wilkis Wilson earned MBAs from Harvard University.
Biggest Challenge Facing Women Today: Access to science and technology education
Long time friends Alexis Maybank and Alexandra Wilkis Wilson are two of the founding partners of Gilt Groupe. Launched in 2007, the ecommerce startup specializes in bringing luxury sample sales to the online community through 36-hour deals. Originally offering discounts on designer women’s clothing and accessories, Gilt Groupe has since expanded to over a thousand employees and now includes Gilt Man, Gilt City, Gilt Taste, Jetsetter, and Park and Bond. In 2012, Maybank and Wilson released a book documenting their journeys and encouraging entrepreneurship, particularly amongst women, By Invitation Only: How We Built Gilt and Change the Way Millions Shop.