MIA: Endeavor Gala Honors Alexandra Wilkis Wilson and Jim McKelvey

Board Member Sean Wolfington and friends

On November 18th, Endeavor Miami brought together over 350 change makers, entrepreneurs, investors and business leaders to celebrate two years of high-impact entrepreneurship at the 2015 Endeavor Miami Gala.

The event took place at the New World Center, which was lit up like a starry night.  Co-chairs Adriana Cisneros and Danny Echaverria, as well as board member Sean Wolfington, introduced our First Impact Award recipients: Jim McKelvey, Co-Founder of LaunchCode and Square, now publicly traded; and Alexandra Wilkis Wilson Co-Founder of Gilt and GLAMSQUAD.

Carmen Busquets,  Alexandra Wilkis WIlson, Laura Maydon
Carmen Busquets, Alexandra Wilkis WIlson, Laura Maydon

Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine also attended and offered up some very special opening remarks, as well as special performances by the New World Symphony fellows and violinist Pablo Navarro who flew in from Spain for the celebration.

Mayor Philip Levine with the evening's honorees
Mayor Philip Levine with the evening’s honorees

Attendees were treated to a sumptuous dinner, Photo Booth fun, posing with oversize hashtags #dreambig and #gamechanger, as well as a free pair of Melissa Shoes for the ladies. Fellow entrepreneurs had the chance to mingle, meet board members and get inspired by the wave of new entrepreneurs in Miami.

Endeavor Miami sky

The event’s diamond-level sponsors were Knight Foundation and Grupo Arcano, gold sponsors were CisnerosCodina PartnersSimkins Family Foundation and the Miami Innovation District  in part to your contributions, Endeavor Miami will continue searching for, selecting and supporting South Florida’s top High-Impact Entrepreneurs. In 2014 alone, Endeavor Entrepreneurs around the world generated approximately $7.6 billion in revenue and 500,000 jobs.

Tiffany Rosen, Mario Ojeda, sebastian guejman, Susanne Birbragher
Tiffany Rosen, Mario Ojeda, sebastian guejman, Susanne Birbragher

Endeavor Global is an impact organization that is leading the global movement to catalyze long-term economic growth by selecting, mentoring, and accelerating the best high-impact entrepreneurs around the world. A few months ago, Endeavor was honored with the 2015 Henry R. Kravis Prize, the world’s most prestigious award for nonprofit leadership. The importance of the group can be measured monetarily as Endeavor entrepreneurs across the globe have generated close to $7.6 billion in revenue and over 500,000 jobs.

Kevin wilson, Lucia Bacardi-Marin, Rahul Kothari
Rahul Kotari, Lucia Bacardi-Marin, Kevin Wilson


Photo Booth fun:

Susie and Walid Wahab and guest
Susie and Walid Wahab
Hal Lucas and Yannick Henriette
Hal Lucas and Yannick Henriette