Deloris Wilson (L’16)
BEACON: The D.C. Women Founders Initiative
Head of Strategy and Operations
Deloris Wilson is a social impact strategist harnessing the power of inclusion through economic development and technology. As an advisor to new majority-led companies and mission-driven startups, she supports efforts to diversify funding pipelines and build inclusive economies through entrepreneurial ecosystem building. As an Inclusive Innovation Fellow at Georgetown Law's Tech Institute and head of Strategy and Operations at BEACON: The D.C. Women Founders Initiative, she leads an innovative public-private partnership founded by Google, Georgetown University, and the D.C. Mayor's Office to support over over 400 women business owners in the area.
In April 2018, she authored Building Inclusive Ecosystems with Intentionality: A Strategy to Enhance Support for D.C.'s Women Founders, a groundbreaking, first-of-its kind analysis to align national trends with local opportunities in support of diversified entrepreneurial growth. To date, her work has been shared with diversity and inclusion advocates at Google, the United Nations Foundation, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, and cited in Forbes, Adweek, Technical.ly, Medium and Quora. Her previous publications on issues of civic participation, public health, and economic diversification span the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard University, the Institute for Technology Law and Policy at Georgetown Law, and the Stanford Social Innovation Review.
As Founder/Principal of AXL (aksel), she provides data-driven insight, impact measures, and creative direction to organizations including the Beeck Center for Social Impact, Black Girl Ventures, the Minority Business Development Agency, and Alice. She is an advisor to UN Women and is a graduate of Spelman College (summa cum laude, Bonner Scholar), Harvard Kennedy School of Government (Public Service Fellow), and Georgetown Law (Pro Bono Scholar).