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Duane W.

Executive Director
San Francisco, CA, USA


Duane C. Wilson calls the Chicagoland area home, and after starting his first business while in high school, he realized he found great joy in advising youth on starting their own enterprises, and in empowering them to believe that they could achieve anything. During his college years despite being busy with as a founder of another startup company and internships in Europe and at Disney, he was fortunate to create his own degree program in Social Entrepreneurship, while receiving a Certificate in Nonprofit Management, and a Certificate in Entrepreneurial Management from The University of Iowa. Upon returning to the Chicago area, he also earned a Certificate in Values-centered Leadership from DePaul University. From these experiences, he authored a children's book titled, Jackie and The Dreamstalk which is used around the world as an inspirational step-by- step guide on starting a business for readers ages nine to fourteen years old. His other writings include articles and academic resources. As a 2016 Chicago Defender Man of Excellence honoree and 2017 Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame inductee for Willowbrook High School, service is ingrained in his life. This is prevalent in his role as Executive Director of San Francisco Achievers, his foundation The Spirit of Philanthropy, past Adjunct Faculty for Entrepreneurship and Management at Columbia College Chicago, Manager of a business accelerator for Goodcity, past Executive Director The Peace Corner Youth Center, various academic and community development board post, his church, and his fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. With these capacities, he has taken on a range of volunteer roles, consulting, seminars and public speaking engagements. His hobbies include, travel, cooking, spending time with family and friends, to doing voice over work for tv and radio.