Diana Wilson

Social Impact Entrepreneur

Diana Wilson attends the University of Virginia with a full scholarship from the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation, and has over a hundred thousand dollars in other scholarships from various organizations. Diana has an interdisciplinary major of Sociology and Women Gender Studies. She came to college with the hopes of understanding the interconnection between business and the public sector in order to maximize social impact.

As a first-generation Ghanaian American college student, Diana came to college to develop purpose and mastery. She has completed prestigious programs with PricewaterhouseCoopers, Goldman Sachs, McKinsey, Google, JP Morgan Chase & Co., etc. Through these experiential learning opportunities, Diana has been able to hone her ability to complete in depth analysis, keep an innovative spirit, create strategic initiatives and have a high-level “big picture” approach for tackling issues. Due to Diana’s passion for understanding the global sphere, she has traveled to 11 countries within 4 different continents on a full scholarship. Her travels span from South Africa to France. These experiences have provided Diana with strong cross-cultural communication skills and a vigilance to understand the complexity of globalization.

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. This memorial will be constructed on the University of Virginia’s campus. It will be established by 2019 and it will serve as a reminder of the importance of all American citizens to this country’s progress. Beyond her leadership and community service Diana has won the Forbes 30 Under 30 Scholar Award, Davis Projects for Peace, Coca Cola Scholarship, and the Echol’s Scholar award. Recently, Diana has created Yielding Accomplished African Women: Ghana’s first finance & technology talent accelerator for women. Her mission is to create a pipeline that will empower African women to develop a gender specific professional toolkit that will advance their careers in business or technology.