Gulfport native joins NAACP Foundation Board

Gulfport native Yolanda Egland Wilson, now of Gwinnett County, Georgia, recently was elected to a three-year term on the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s Foundation Board of Trustees.

The Foundation supports the mission of the NAACP by raising funds, promoting philanthropy and further to advise the NAACP Board of Directors regarding the programs of the Foundation.

Wilson is an Engagement Leader for Amazon in Atlanta. In this role, she partners with Amazon leaders across business lines to define and execute engagement strategies for Amazon’s driver population. She collaborates with stakeholders to identify opportunities for standardization and efficiencies and to deliver solutions that generate a net benefit to the company.

Wilson is an experienced leader with more than 25 years of business experience, specializing in strategy development and process improvement. She has a proven ability to look across initiatives and see connection points and has a continuous improvement mindset.

She is adept at diplomatically building trust, influence, and credibility with other leaders of varying levels across the globe and serving as a trusted advisor and thought leader in her specialty areas. She also has a proven track record of successfully utilizing her wide-Global ranging toolbox of strategies and tactics to drive growth for organizations.

Wilson is a certified Project Management Professional and a trained Six Sigma Black Belt professional. She is a graduate of the former St. John High School in Gulfport and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Mississippi.

 

Yolanda’s leadership credo is to always leave things better than she found them and to be the change that she wants to see in the world. Therefore, she constantly looks for ways to not just balance her career and passion for helping others, but to integrate the two. Within Amazon, Yolanda serves as a voice for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and is a mental health and well-being advocate. Within her community, she serves as an Advisory Board Member of the Veterans Empowerment Organization (VEO), a mentor to high-performing female managers in Atlanta through Pathbuilders, Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee for her Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. graduate chapter, and a nearly 30-year Life Member of the NAACP. Of all her accomplishments and roles, Yolanda is most proud of being a wife and mom. In addition to being an inclusion champion and strategic leader, she enjoys spending time and traveling with her teenage daughter and her husband of 20+ years.

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