We're taking some extra time this month to celebrate the women who inspire us and asked Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, co-founder of Gilt, GLAMSQUAD and Fitz (yeah, she's a big deal) to share her must-read books for career and life advice. Get to know her below and check out her list. Happy reading!
First thing you do every morning? I look at the clock to check what time it is, to see if I can go back to sleep. I'm an early riser.
Who do you look up to? Mindy Grossman, CEO of Weight Watchers. She is my friend, mentor and is a champion of women. What motivates you? I am pretty self-motivated, but I also get inspired by meeting diverse people and wanting to understand their perspectives on life.
"This book is not only inspiring for entrepreneurs, but it highlights the importance of a basic principle that seems so obvious, and yet few brands do it as well as Zappos. Tony stresses the importance of customer service being core to Zappos' culture and operational ethos. I learned from reading this book and often refer to Zappos' best practices in customer service."
"I found many nuggets of value in this book which examines the psychology of compliance. It helps uncover which factors might cause a person to say yes to another's request. Having a better understanding this psychology can help entrepreneurs and startup make more effective business decisions."
"I can't help a shameless plug on the book that Alexis and I wrote together to share our experiences in building Gilt and disrupting the fashion industry 10 years ago. We share tips for aspiring entrepreneurs, marketers and fast-growing companies. We teach people how to think outside the box and prioritize what matters in business and in one's own personal life."