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Fly Executive: Media Veteran Kimberly K. Wilson pays it forward with launch of the D.A.D. Foundation in memory of her father

In recognition and honor of the March long Women’s Month 2017 celebration, meet Fly Media Executive Kimberly K. Wilson. She is Vice President, Affiliate Marketing for Disney and ESPN Media Networks. Her depth, purpose, and love of community in paying it forward truly makes her a Fly Executive. The 17-year media veteran and Southside, Chicago native epitomizes the strengths, talents and effortless giving we celebrate in all women this month, year long, past, present, future and universally. Steadfast to her dedication and passion for equipping and inspiring youth to dream impossible dreams, this sister is lifting as she continues to climb.

On March 23 rd 2017, the former BET and Clear Channel Marketing Executive launched The Don D. Wilson Dream A Dream (D.A.D.) Foundation with mother, Ann and younger sister Valerie Wilson in honor of their late father Don D. Wilson. The Dream A Dream (D.A.D.) Foundation is a Chicago-based, non-profit organization that was created to support, uplift and actualize the dreams of youth who may not have the resources to achieve their goals.

Kimberly says:

“Mentorship and Sponsorship have been essential in the role of my success. Without the amazing people who believed in or took an interest in me throughout my career, I’m not sure I would have the opportunity to do what I love at this level. You can’t get to that successful place all on your own.”

D.A.D. is committed to giving back to underserved communities and serves 8 to 17-year- old youth in and around Chicago, Los Angeles, and New Orleans. The organization’s three pillars of Music, Sports, and Entrepreneurship are at the core of its foundation and programs. D.A.D. will offer opportunities to youth pursuing music as an art form and/or business endeavor; provide access and resources to activities including clinics, sporting events, and camps; implement programs that teach the fundamentals of business ownership and provide support resources.

Kimberly’s father was a Chicago businessman for over 30 years. He devoted himself unselfishly to mentorship and humanitarian work in his community and worldwide travels. A lifelong learner whose interest spanned the spectrum from microbiology to world history to travel, her father’s passion and commitment are naturally rooted in Kimberly’s DNA.

Wilson talks about her family:

“It all began with my family – my mother, Ann; father, and sister, Valerie – who supported me to pursue a life beyond what I thought was possible. Their moral, financial and mental support early on is the only reason I stand here today.

Through her family’s personal mission to provide young people the resources, mentoring and encouragement to dream big, Don D. Wilson’s memory will forever live on now that #dadishere. We salute Kimberly K. Wilson for underscoring the definition of paying it forward. You are truly a Fly Executive!

For more information on The Dream a Dream (D.A.D.) Foundation, please visit or follow them on IG/FB @thedreamadreamfoundation and Twitter @thedreamadream.