Allison Berliner is the co-founder and CEO of PopInShop. She graduated from The Wharton School of Business with an MBA focused on entrepreneurship and marketing. While at Wharton, Allison won awards for both entrepreneurship and innovation, as well as academic achievement. Prior to graduation, Allison worked with a number of Internet startups, including Wanderly, which was acquired by TripAdvisor. She has helped founders think through and execute marketing and business development strategies, areas which she now oversees for PopInShop. Allison’s experience with entrepreneurship dates back to her days working at Endeavor, an international organization that supports entrepreneurs in emerging markets. During her time at Endeavor, Allison consulted on hundreds of start-ups ranging from traditional industries to high-tech. PopInShop is based in Philadelphia, where Allison and her team work closely with retail experts at the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University. PopInShop helps online brands and emerging designers host temporary pop-up events and trunk shows at boutiques across the country. The company launched in 2013 and is currently facilitating pop-ins nationwide.
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