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 young people who may not have the resources to achieve their goals.

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P.O. Box 178051

Chicago, IL 60617​

 

© 2018 by The Dream A Dream (D.A.D.) Foundation.

Kimberly K. Wilson

Co-Founder, President

Kimberly K. Wilson is an extraordinary executive whose unconventional journey and professional ascension is fueled by passion, dedication to fulfilling purpose, and unyielding love for her community. She is an 18-year media entertainment veteran and currently serves as Vice President, Affiliate Marketing for Disney and ESPN Media Networks (a division of ESPN, Inc.). As Vice President, she is responsible for leading a team of marketers to develop and execute marketing strategy to drive distribution for The Walt Disney Company’s portfolio of networks including some of the strongest brands in the industry: ESPN, SEC Network, Disney Channels, Freeform and ABC.

Prior to joining ESPN, Kimberly served as Director of Marketing for Clear Channel Radio New Orleans (now iHeart Radio). She led the development and execution of all marketing, promotions, and community affairs efforts for seven diverse radio stations from Hip Hop to Gospel, Classic Rock and Country. She began her media career as Affiliate Sales Manager for BET Networks, responsible for increasing distribution.

Kimberly received a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Columbia College of Chicago and earned a Masters Degree in Integrated Marketing from Roosevelt University. She is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and in her spare time she mentors young men and women on how to design and navigate their career paths. In 2015, she was selected to be a mentor in the Global Sports Mentorship Program created by the US State Department and ESPN. Her proudest accomplishment is as co-founder and president of the Don D. Wilson Dream A Dream Foundation. Kimberly currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.

Valerie L. Wilson

Co-Founder / Vice President

Valerie L. Wilson is a Chicago native who has owned and operated her own business for over 10 years. More importantly, she is the youngest of two daughters of Ann and Don Wilson. She grew up in an entrepreneurial family on the South Side of Chicago with her older sister, Kimberly. Her passion for education and children has been evident over the span of her career. Valerie has a B.A. from Hampton University and went on to earn two Masters degrees in Early Childhood Education/Special Ed Approval from Roosevelt University and an Educational Administration Type 75 from Governors State University. Prior to founding her own company, she spent five years at Chicago Public Schools as an infant development specialist and another year at La Rabida Children’s Hospital in a similar role.

Valerie believes that identifying early signs of a child's developmental needs and goals better prepares him/her for entry into the school system, as well as, prepares the parents for support of their individual needs.

Valerie was raised with a love of sport and she expresses that through her active participation in tennis. She competes with a local team and has played all of her life. She was also raised to give back. Her parents instilled in her a sense of community that drives her dedication and commitment to D.A.D. She is excited about exposing and supporting children across the country in the areas of sports, music and entrepreneurship in the same way she and her sister were exposed as kids.

Aulston Taylor

Board Member

Aulston represents more than a decade of sales and marketing experience as an executive with highly recognizable and global brands such as ESPN, Discovery Communications and BET Networks.

As the CEO of his territory as an Account Executive at BET Networks over the course of five and a half years, Aulston has delivered to date more than $175 million dollars in advertising revenue targeted at multicultural consumers.

In the community, Aulston combines mentoring with commerce. He serves on the Leadership Committee at Viacom Networks for their Unlimited Potential Mentoring Program in New York City. In his hometown of New Orleans, he occupies a seat at the table on the Development Committee of his alma mater - St. Augustine High School. In late 2015, Aulston created the Aulston G. Taylor Scholarship Fund at St. Augustine High School for students entering their senior year and hailing from single parent households.

Aulston is a 2003 graduate of Texas Southern University with a Bachelors of Science in Business Marketing. Additionally, Aulston is a 2016 graduate of NYU earning his Masters of Science in Integrated Marketing with a concentration in Brand Management. He is a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated, and a 40 Under 40 honoree of the Jesse H. Jones School of Business at Texas Southern University. Aulston lives in Manhattan and enjoys jogging along the FDR and attending both Yankee and Mets games.

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Annie L. Wilson

Co-Founder

Annie Lee Wilson is a philanthropist, retired business manager, mother, friend and the widow of the foundation’s inspiration, Don Wilson. She was born in the Mississippi and raised on the South Side of Chicago as the third of eight children. Her parents instilled a strong sense of work ethic, integrity and charity. While married to Don for 45 years, they raised two girls, Kimberly and Valerie, who co-founded of D.A.D along with her. She worked hand-in-hand with her husband while they ran a group of motels across the Chicagoland area. During the 1990’s, she founded a non-profit organization in honor of her late mother, Leatha M. Cannon (LMC Foundation), designed to serve senior citizens who may not have the resources or family to support them.

After working side by side with Don for 25 years to help grow the family business, Ann retired in 2002 and was able to pursue her own passions. She has spent much of that time as an active member and leader in her church, taking care of her family and giving back to the community. She serves as an honorary “Grandparent” at Hoyne Middle School on the South Side of Chicago, where she participates and supports middle school children in their educational and personal pursuits. Ann strongly believes that to whom much is given, much is required and strives to live into this every day.

Her desire to give back is shown through her work with The Dream a Dream Foundation. It was important to not only honor Don’s memory, but to share his passions with children across the country. Whether you’re an aging senior citizen or a child looking to find his/her way, Ann is dedicated to the community she serves in a significant way.

Angela T. Ingram

Board Member

Angela Ingram’s career spans over 30 years of management and spearheading marketing and communication strategy for some of iHeartMedia’s top-rated radio stations across the country.

As Senior Vice President, Communications for the Chicago Region of iHeartMedia Markets Group, Angela oversees internal and external communications, serves as market compliance officer, manages and monitors the dynamics of public opinion, which includes community partnerships and government relations. She is the chief spokesperson for iHeartMedia Chicago’s six-station, multiformatted radio group, which includes V103, 107.5 WGCI, 103.5 KISS FM, 93.9 LITE FM, BIG 95.5 and Inspiration 1390, reaching 5,000,000 radio listeners weekly.

Angela was honored by former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley for her leadership and excellence in advancing the status of women in the broadcast industry and Chicago communities.

She was named “Executive of the Year" by the National Association of Black Female Executives in Music and Entertainment and one of "The 35 Most Influential African-Americans in Radio" by Radio Ink Magazine.

Angela is Co-Chair of the iHeartMedia Chicago Local Advisory Board, Past President and Treasurer of Alliance for Women in Media Chicago Chapter. In 2015, she was inducted in the Chapter’s Media Maven Hall of Femme.

Eric L. Seats

Board Member

Eric Seats is a proud father of three, an accomplished producer, Grammy award winning musician, and writer who has produced songs for a number of R&B recording artists such as Destinyʼs Child, Shae Jones, Tank, Chante Moore, Dave Hollister, Playa, 702 and the late R&B superstar, Aaliyah. He has also completed production for various movie soundtracks, including Romeo Must Die and Exit Wounds.

 

Because his style is so versatile, Seats was able to collaborate with Jazz recording artists Walt Johnson, and Brown Baby Girl as well. Aside from production, Seats has toured and played the drums for many artists such as Jon B, Montell Jordan, EnVogue, Deborah Cox, Kelly Price, Mase, Patty LaBelle, Rhian Benson, Lalah Hathaway, Kenny Lattimore, Doc Powell, Raphael Saadiq, DMX and Missy. His work outside of the recording studio is not overlooked. Seats has appeared in Rhian Bensonʼs music videos “Say How I Feel” and “Stealing My Piece of Mind”. He can also be seen in the Kelly Price DVD recording of her album “This is Who I Am”.

Seats was a member of the gospel recording artists, 2006 Stellar Award winning group, The Soul Seekers, and is a co-member of the Grammy Nominated Production Team, “Key Beats Incorporated”. This team can be recognized for producing songs such as Aaliyahʼs “Rock Da Boat”, 702ʼs “Where My Girls At?”, and Destinyʼs Childʼs “Independent Women Pt. II”. He produces and manages the music and stage production, as well as hosts The Next Great Drummer Competitions.

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