Mikki Taylor..... Author, Speaker, Editor-at-Large, ESSENCE Magazine, President, Mikki Taylor Enterprises, LLC

Alexandra Wilkis Wilson..... Co-Founder and CEO of GLAMSQUAD; Co-Founder and Strategic Advisor of Gilt

Alicia Quarles..... Award Winning TV Journalist



Mikki Taylor

Mikki Taylor is the quintessential authority on all matters regarding beauty.  From A-list celebrities and world-renowned cover models, to women-in-the-know, Mikki influences all types of women with her vision of beauty and style.  She has devoted a lifetime to helping women manage their inner and outer beauty and inspiring them to own their lives to the fullest.

For over 30 years, Taylor served as ESSENCE Magazine’s groundbreaking Beauty & Cover Director, and is now Editor-at-Large for the publication.  In addition, she is the Founder and President of Mikki Taylor Enterprises, LLC, which serves as a holding company for a number of vertical businesses, including Satin Doll Productions, a full-service image building and consulting division, and MT Communications, a strategic communications and branding company.  Most recently, she was national spokesperson for AMBI Skincare, a division of Johnson & Johnson Consumer Products Company.  


Alexandra Wilkis Wilson

Alexandra Wilkis Wilson is a digital entrepreneur who co-founded the influential e-commerce retailer Gilt and currently oversees the mobile app startup GLAMSQUAD, home-delivering affordable beauty services to tech savvy consumers.

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.

Before co-founding Gilt, Alexandra managed retail operations at Bulgari, overseeing 15 North American stores. Before working at Bulgari, Alexandra managed Leather Goods Sales Planning for Louis Vuitton North America. She had previously worked at Financo for the late retail guru Marvin Traub, former Chairman and CEO of Bloomingdales. Alexandra began her career working for 3 years in investment banking at Merrill Lynch.


Alicia Quarles

It's easy to see why celebrities readily open up to Alicia Quarles. The seasoned journalist has a talent for making stars such as Angelina Jolie and George Clooney comfortable, yet is able to pull newsworthy and revealing tidbits that are more than entertainment fluff from her interviews.

Quarles’ wide­ranging talents have led her to anchoring live coverage from the red carpet of the Academy Awards, to covering the White House Correspondents Dinner, to being on the field reporting from several Super Bowls, to interviewing at the Cannes Film Festival for outlets such as: MSNBC, The Today Show, The Associated Press, People/Time Inc., Headline News and VH1. Quarles spent three years at E! News where she served as the lead correspondent based in New York. During her time with E! She reported live from major red carpets such as the Oscars, Grammys and Emmys. In addition, she co­hosted specials, fill­in anchored, created programming and broke news across formats.