Jennifer Gilbert

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Jennifer Gilbert
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Born (1968-12-24) December 24, 1968 (age 53)
CitizenshipUnited States
Alma materUniversity of Vermont
OccupationEntrepreneur, TV personality
Known forFounder of Save the Date

Jennifer Gilbert (born December 24, 1968) is an American entrepreneur and TV personality. She is the founder and chief visionary officer of Save the Date, a New York–based special events planning company.[1] She was named one of the Entrepreneurs of the Year by Ernst & Young for her company in 1998.[2]

Gilbert is often recognized for her role on Bravo's Real Housewives of New York City and most notably her published memoir, I Never Promised You a Goodie Bag, published by Harper Collins.[3][4][5]

Early life and career[edit]

Gilbert graduated from the University of Vermont in 1990 and received a Bachelor of Science in Consumer Marketing with a minor in Business.[6] She attended MIT for a fellowship program called The Birthing of Giants.[7] After graduation, Gilbert moved to New York City.[8] In 1991, at the age of 22, a stranger attacked her, stabbing her 37 times with a screwdriver before leaving her for dead.[4][9][10][11]

After recovering, she decided to become an event planner and started Save the Date in 1994.[12][13] The company has rendered services to many notable clients including several in Fortune 500 companies and has been retained by customers such as Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Oprah Winfrey and thesinger Jewel.[14][15]

In 1998, she was awarded the "Entrepreneur of the Year" award for "Save the Date" by Ernst & Young. Her business savvy, flipping the business model of her competitors and becoming the first marketplace for clients and venues to find each other revolutionized the industry. Her work on "all things events" has been featured in national outlets such as Forbes,[16] Huffington Post,[17] The New York Times,[18] and monthly publications like Marie Claire.[19]

Gilbert is a sought-after public speaker for discussions on entrepreneurship, the hospitality and events industry, and for women-owned businesses. In 2010, she presented the keynote on "Making It in Events: The View From Here!" at BizBash, an event Expo. In 2013, she delivered a TEDx talk on the "Entrepreneurial Spirit" at TEDxBarnardCollege.[20] She is a founding member of the Forbes Impact Summit.[21]

I Never Promised You A Goodie Bag, her authored memoir, was published by Harper Collins in 2012.[22][23] In her book, she discussed about how her life changed after being attacked at a young age and then how she took control of her life and started a successful company.[24][25] She spoke at TEDx Barnard College Women sharing her entrepreneurial spirit and philosophy.[26]

TV appearances[edit]

She appeared as herself in the Bravo's hit TV series Real Housewives of New York City in 2010.[27] She was the party planner for Jill Zarin.[28]

Personal life[edit]

Gilbert lives in New York City with her three children.[29] Gilbert is known for promoting the advancement of women in the workforce. She has sat on the board of the Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE).[30]


  1. ^ Morgaine, Briana (2016-07-13). "How to Make More Money As an Event Planner -". Bplans Blog. Retrieved 2019-11-11.
  2. ^ Polster, Allison. "Enchanted Evenings: New York's Top Event Planners". Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  3. ^ Ernst, Amanda (May 7, 2010). "Jennifer Gilbert Reacts To Her Hilarious 'Real Housewives' Debut". Defy Media. Archived from the original on September 11, 2016. Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  4. ^ a b Palmer, Amy (May 7, 2010). "When a 20-Year-Old Secret is Revealed: 'I Refuse to Be A Victim'". HuffPost. Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  5. ^ Cruz, Clarissa; Bailly, Jenny. "7 Authors Model Summer's Most Sizzling (Under-$100!) Outfits". Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  6. ^ "Y Empowering -". Retrieved 2019-11-11.
  7. ^ Roehm, Julie. "Interview with Jennifer Gilbert, Founder and Chief Visionary Officer of Save The Date". Retrieved 12 December 2020.
  8. ^ "Jennifer Gilbert". Beyond Success Online. Retrieved 2019-11-11.
  9. ^ "The Scars You Don't See". Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  10. ^ Gilbert, Jennifer (June 2, 2016). "Finally, an Anniversary to Celebrate". Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  11. ^ Abbasi, Jennifer (April 11, 2014). "Jennifer Gilbert: Woman Warrior". Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  12. ^ "'Why I Will Never Be a Victim'". Inc. June 28, 2012. Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  13. ^ Gilbert, Jennifer (August 6, 2012). "How I Rebuilt My Life After Being Attacked". HuffPost. Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  14. ^ "Jennifer Gilbert - Who is She". May 11, 2004. Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  15. ^ Schultz, Erin. "Jennifer Gilbert Bounced Back From a Near-Fatal Attack to Find Massive Business Success". Entrepreneur. Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  16. ^ Burns, Stephanie. "6 Ways To Close A Cold Call Every Time". Forbes. Retrieved 16 February 2021.
  17. ^ Gilbert, Jennifer (8 June 2012). "How I Rebuilt My Life After Being Attacked". HuffPost. Retrieved 16 February 2021.
  18. ^ Louie, Elaine (1 December 2002). "WEDDINGS/CELEBRATIONS: VOWS; Jennifer Gilbert and Bennett Egeth (Published 2002)". The New York Times. Retrieved 16 February 2021.
  19. ^ Gilbert, Jennifer (30 April 2012). "The Scars You Don't See". Marie Claire. Retrieved 16 February 2021.
  20. ^ "Entrepreneurial Spirit: Jennifer Gilbert at TEDxBarnardCollege". Retrieved 16 February 2021.
  21. ^ Jill, Natalie (2 May 2019). "Not Just Surviving but Thriving with Jennifer Gilbert". Natalie Jill Fitness. Retrieved 16 February 2021.
  22. ^ "I Never Promised You a Goodie Bag: A Memoir of a Life Through Events--the Ones You Plan and the Ones You Don't". Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  23. ^ "Jennifer Gilbert, Author Of Memoir 'I Never Promised You A Goodie Bag,' Talks Success After Violence". HuffPost. May 14, 2012. Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  24. ^ LAUDADIO, MARISA (13 November 2014). "Whatever Happened to RHONY's Jennifer Gilbert?". Bravo TV Official Site. Retrieved 13 January 2021.
  25. ^ "Jennifer Gilbert". May 17, 2012. Archived from the original on August 19, 2012. Retrieved May 19, 2014.
  26. ^ "Entrepreneurial Spirit: Jennifer Gilbert at TEDxBarnardCollegeWomen". Soccks on an Octopus. Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  27. ^ Rancilio, Alicia (February 6, 2010). "New 'Housewife' Jennifer Gilbert Loses Airtime, Cut From Reunion Special". HuffPost. AP. Archived from the original on November 29, 2014. Retrieved May 19, 2014.
  28. ^ Eber, Hailey (April 1, 2010). "Meet NYC's new 'Real Housewives' set to shake up the show". Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  29. ^ Louie, Elaine (December 1, 2002). "WEDDINGS/CELEBRATIONS: VOWS; Jennifer Gilbert and Bennett Egeth". The New York Times. Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  30. ^ Mariotti, Steve (20 June 2013). "8.5 Minutes to Change Your Life: The NFTE NY Metro Business Plan Competition". HuffPost. Retrieved 13 January 2021.

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