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POSTED JULY 23, 2021   |   
Diana Wilson

Chief Executive Officer at Yielding Accomplished African Women


Introduction

Diana Wilson's middle name, Nyamekye, means God's Gift and you will see in the next few lines that yes, she is.

I usually only give myself a few lines to introduce the wonderful women we interview for Waxd'Elle, but I might need to add a few more to introduce Diana.

First, Diana is incredibly young, she's only 25 years old, and her achievements are second to none.

Let's list a few:

1. Recognized as the "Next Black Female Mark Zuckerberg" by Face2Face Africa 2. Marketing strategist at Google 3. Professional development coach 4. Activist and global speaker 5. Published author

Trust me when I say this, Diana Wilson is going to the top and nothing will stop her.

Alright Diana, the floor is yours!

Please provide us with your name(s)

Diana “Nyamekye” Wilson. My middle name Nyamekye means “God’s Gift”.

Where are you from?

I am from Newark, NJ.

Tell us about you (background info)?

Diana Wilson is a vibrant, articulate, and highly successful 25-year-old social entrepreneur, marketing strategist at Google, professional development coach, activist and global speaker. She was recognized as the 'Next Black Female Mark Zuckerberg' via Face2Face Africa. She has gone viral for her achievements via MTV and LinkedIn. She is a published author, being featured in We Will Lead Africa. A book that compiles the stories of 32 top African female leaders today. All the same, Diana Wilson started from humble beginnings. She is the product of a diligent single mother, prayer and a constructive community of Newark, NJ. She attended the University of Virginia with a full scholarship and earned over a hundred thousand dollars in other scholarships from various organizations. She came to college with the hopes of understanding the interconnection between business and the public sector in order to maximize social impact. Thus, she studied an interdisciplinary major consisting of Sociology and Women Gender Studies.

As a first-generation Ghanaian American college student, Diana developed purpose and mastery whilst in college. She has completed prestigious programs with Bank of America, Harvard University Public Policy School, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Goldman Sachs, McKinsey, Google, JP Morgan Chase & Co., etc. Lastly, she has never forgotten about the importance of lifting as she climbs. Diana won the McKinsey Woman's Social Impact Award for her work with college students in Ghana regarding their civic engagement.

Moreover, with all the racial tension and chaos surrounding her school’s campus in Charlottesville, Diana has worked on the Memorial to Enslaved Laborers project. It was established in 2020 and it serves as a reminder of the importance of all-American citizens to this country's progress. Moreover, she co-directed the first ever Global History of Black Girlhood Conference at the University of Virginia in March 2017. The Global History of Black Girlhood Conference redesigns and shifts the focus of academia towards the concerted existence of both the visible and invisible Black woman. Beyond her leadership and community service Diana has won the Forbes 30 Under 30 Scholar Award, Ghana’s 30 Under 30 Award, Clinton Global Initiative University Student Fellowship, Davis Projects for Peace, and the Coca Cola Scholarship. She has been featured by MTV, Google, Blavity, Future of Ghana and many more.

Why are you starting this business?

She created, Yielding Accomplished African Women, a network of women who will use their skills, grit, and the economic freedom that we help to provide them, to impact their lives, the lives of their communities, and the entire world. Like her mom, she wants to provide opportunities for other people. She realized that someone has to take a leap of faith and sacrifice a part of their comfort to allow others to have similar or even greater success than they had. She honors her mother’s sacrifice by helping other African women realize theirs.

Please provide us with some information about your business. (description, business model, etc.)

Yielding Accomplished African Women is on a mission to invest in the underinvested: African women. We are building the largest career community and online academy for African women. We stand as an incubator where African women access hard to opportunities, training, and social capital, otherwise hidden, to accelerate their impact. The first of its kind in the world. We stand as an incubator where the African women access opportunities, training, and social capital, otherwise hidden, to accelerate their impact. In only three years of existence, we have created Africa’s first professional STEM sorority. Also in 2019, we organized Africa’s first and only Women in Machine Learning conference. We have impacted more than 800 women in 12 African countries and facilitated +10,000 hours of in-person/online training.

What stage are you in right now?

We are currently at the stage where we are scaling, replicating, and progressing toward sustainability.

What are you looking for at this stage for your business?

1. Human Resources - we're looking to hire a Chief Technology Officer, Social Media Manager, Partnership Manager, Program Manager and Chief Marketing Officer

2. Fundraising/Financing Gain investment to continue to expand our employment gaps, development of a proprietary online community and the expansion of our renowned training incubators and conferences. This will enable us to expand support for 5,000 Yaa W fellows as the pandemic continues, and throughout recovery.

3. Public Relations we need to gain exposure. As the saying goes, "If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?" Similarly, if our impact isn’t known in the boardrooms and rooms of potential donors, funders, corporate partners, and supporters how will our work grow? The more exposure we have, the easier it will be to gain greater opportunities, presenters, and partnerships.

What do you want us to remember about you?

I live by the mantra, Sankofa. Sankofa is a Ghanaian word that translates to “it is not taboo to fetch what is at risk of being left behind.” I founded this organization in alignment with this mantra. Thus, I believe that every human being was inculcated with a one-of-a-kind purpose and power. I make it my responsibility to share, remind and help each other go and fetch what was left behind or can potentially be left behind.

Where can we find you (social media)?

Website : https://www.linkedin.com/in/dianawilson3/

Website : https://www.instagram.com/dianaaa13/