INSPIRE Leadership Speaker Series welcomes ESSENCE WILSON Chief Strategy Officer Communities First, Inc.
Essence Wilson has dedicated herself to developing people and places to transform communities. She co-founded Communities First, Inc., a nonprofit community development corporation with her husband, Glenn Wilson. Her efforts in grant writing and project management have helped the organization secure more than $30 million of investment for the local community. Wilson has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Kettering University and a master’s degree in management, strategy and leadership from Michigan State University. Motivated by her experiences as an engineer, Wilson recently codeveloped Curiosity Academy, a collaborative community effort designed to increase the number of women in STEM.