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Deloris (D) Wilson is a researcher and social impact strategist harnessing the power of inclusive economic development. As a recognized leader in Diversity, Inclusion and Equity, the Future of Work, and advisor to new majority-led companies, she supports efforts to diversify funding pipelines, realign workplace cultures, drive impactful innovation, and create inclusive economies.

As a consultant and researcher, she has worked across six countries to train illiterate citizens of their democratic rights in Ghana, illuminate racism and xenophobia in "Stop-and-Search" policies in the Netherlands, design programs to train over 200 minority entrepreneurs across seven U.S. states, and empower civic innovation in the Caribbean micro-state of Sint Maarten.. She has advised impact-driven companies from conception to scale and strategized efficiency improvements to public programs. Presently, as the Inclusive Innovation Fellow at Georgetown Law’s Institute for Technology Law and Policy and Head of Strategy and Operations at BEACON: The D.C. Women Founders Initiative, she works at the nexus gender, tech and opportunity to ensure our nation’s advancements do not further marginalized underestimated groups.

In April 2018, D authored "Building Inclusive Ecosystems with Intentionality: A Strategy to Enhance Support for D.C.'s Women Founders" - a groundbreaking analysis offering tangible recommendations for diversified entrepreneurial growth. Her work has been shared with Google, the United Nations Foundation, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, D.C. Startup Week, and featured in The Atlantic, Forbes, Adweek,, Medium and Quora. D’s 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 Harvard Journal of African American Public Policy, and the Stanford Social Innovation Review.

As Founder/Principal of AXL (aksel), she combines data science, creative direction and human-centered design to solve challenges of equity-focused organizations including the Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation at Georgetown University, Black Girl Ventures, the Minority Business Development Agency, and Alice.

D. Wilson is an advisor to the UN Women/WE Empower Initiative, multiple tech-enabled startups, and is a graduate of Spelman College (summa cum laude), Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and Georgetown Law.





Building Inclusive Ecosystems with Intentionality: A Strategy to Enhance Support for D.C.’s Women Founders (Author), BEACON/Georgetown Tech Institute (2018)

The Blockchain EthicalDesign Framework for Social Impact (Advisor), The Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation at Georgetown University (2018)

Creating a Vibrant Ecosystem for D.C.'s Women Entrepreneurs (Author), Medium (2017).

Barbershops and Preventative Health: A Case of Embedded Education (Co-Author), Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard University (2017).

A Democratic Delusion Worth Engaging (Author), Huffington Post (2016).

Understanding the Local Context, Should We Replicate or Innovate? (Author), Harvard Journal of African American Public Policy (2014).

The Silence of Injustice: Mapping Ethnic Profiling in Stop-and-Search Practices in the Netherlands (Co-Author), Humanity in Action (2013).


Speaking Engagements


“Brand Storytelling That Influences Your Audiences and Wins You Friends in Real Life,” PurpleCon (Upcoming, Apr 2019)

BroccoliCon (Upcoming, Apr 2019)

The Dorothy Vaughan Tech Symposium, presented by Rep. Yvette D. Clarke and the Caucus on Black Women and Girls (Mar 2019)

Inclusive Entrepreneurship - Approaches to Fostering Difference, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation International Women’s Day Forum (Mar 2019)

“Mind the Gap: What’s Missing in the Future of Work,” Brigadoon Sundance (Mar 2019)

Inclusive Investment: Increasing Access to Capital for Diverse Founders - ObviouslyDC West Coast Mission Trip (Mar 2019)

Pathways to Opportunity: How Local Ecosystems Help Women Entrepreneurs Thrive - ObviouslyDC West Coast Mission Trip (Mar 2019)

“Blazing the Trails for the Next 30 Years,” National Women’s Business Council’s 30th Anniversary Celebration (Oct 2018)

“AI for a Smarter, More Inclusive Workforce,” The Atlantic Festival (Sep 2018)

“Small Business, Big Ideas: Entrepreneurship in Action,” The Hill (May 2018)