Kristi Hawley (@kristihawley) is the CEO and co-founder of MonkeyWish, a service that revolutionizes the way people shop for gifts. MonkeyWish blends traditional gift registry with social networking, creating a twenty-first century social gifting network that offers what most gift registries do not - the ability to add any item from any store to a single wishlist, and to share that wishlist with loved ones across social platforms.
Kristi’s experience as an entrepreneur began at a young age in her family’s real estate development company. After 15 successful years in real estate and business development she decided to pursue her passion for technology and launched her own company.
Her family, and their constant gifting struggles, was the inspiration behind her vision to create the mobile application filling what was a major void in the retail world. MonkeyWish is building on its first year of nationally recognized success, including an appearance on the NBC Today Show, a #1 ranking for gift registry in Apple’s iTunes App Store, and an established partnership with Evite.com. Kristi continues to pioneer the social gifting space.