Areas of Expertise
Opener / Closer • Leadership
Patricia Suflita Wilson is a highly successful chief executive, evangelist, chief marketing officer, board member, and public speaker committed to making the world a better place.
Patricia pursued a career with a focus on social responsibility shortly after becoming a mother, and over two decades has earned a reputation for her integrity, sound business judgment, demonstrated financial acumen and superior communication skills. Her ability to develop a high performing team and create extensive community engagement garnered her worldwide recognition – she is a main character in the documentary Batkid Begins purchased by Warner Bros./New Line and released in theaters nationwide in 2015. She is often referred to as the “BIC” (see her TEDxTalk).
Currently, Patricia is a frequent keynote speaker and consultant to several startups (marketing, branding, web architect, social media, community engagement, publicity, philanthropy plans, etc.) As a keynote speaker, she connects with her audience in an authentic manner routinely evoking cheers, tears and standing ovations.
She also serves on the board of directors: Illuminate (Bay Lights); Friends of the Urban Forest.
Formerly, she was CEO of Make-A-Wish, responsible for leading the overall direction of one of the largest chapters nationwide and created a permanently restricted endowment for future sustainability. Her work helped to build one of the most recognized and respected brands.
Prior to joining Make-A-Wish, Patricia held leadership roles at PBS/NPR stations, WHRO and KQED, the 5th largest public broadcaster. She also produced several educational public TV series before serving as executive director of a science and wildlife environmental museum.
Patricia is the subject of an upcoming feature film about her life and work starring and produced by Oscar-winner Julia Roberts, which will be released through the Red Om Films banner. New Line Cinema (Warner Bros.) purchased the rights to develop the narrative film.
Leadership Lessons from an Accidental CEO - TedX talk, 2014
Patricia is our closing speaker and she will lead you through her own professional journey so that you can learn from her successes (and learn from her mistakes!) Her takeaways will help you to put in perspective all of the science, technology and innovation coming your way – and how best to achieve personal and professional success.
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