Ms. Julia Wilson
CEO & Founder
Ms. Julia A. Wilson is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Wilson Global Communications LLC, an international strategic public relations and marketing communications firm headquartered in Washington, D.C. She is the public relations liaison representative for the China-United States Exchange Foundation, based in Hong Kong, and an independent marketing representative to the Hong Kong Trade Development Council. The HKTDC has more than 40 offices in major business centers worldwide, with 13 in Mainland China and three in the United States.
Ms. Wilson covered the first democratic elections in South Africa as a television journalist, and made history as the first American woman to found a full-service public relations firm in the new South Africa. She operated Wilson Global Communications for several years, while living in Johannesburg during Nelson Mandela’s presidency. An international pioneer and global leader, Ms. Wilson expanded Wilson Global to Ghana during Pres. Bill Clinton’s visit to Accra. In addition, she has provided her consulting expertise to numerous clients and communications projects in the United States, France, Brazil, China and South Africa, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, Malawi and Tunisia. She currently serves as the international consultant for the 42-member university network participating in the 1,000-scholarship program awarded to 104 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). This program, sponsored by the Chinese government, enables under served American students to study in China.
A 2014 graduate of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses at Babson College Initiative, and a 2010 Fulbright Grant recipient, Ms. Wilson has served as a lecturer and adjunct professor for leading American, European and Chinese universities, including the University of Southern California (her alma mater), George Mason University, Science Po University in Paris, France, Ecole Internationale de Commerce et Developpement 3A and Grand Ecole School of Management in Lyon, France, and the Hebei University of Science and Technology in Qinhuangdao, China.
A former television and print journalist from Los Angeles, Ms. Wilson has been published in national and international magazines, newspapers and journals. Her feature article on the importance of “Multi-Cultural Education in a Globalized World” was published in June 2011 in Presidency Key Brief, an international magazine published in France in English and French. This publication focuses on globalization, governance and sustainable development. PKB is distributed to heads of state, think tanks and foreign policy makers worldwide. “Fearless Living,” her bi-monthly advice column, is published on the Ebony.com website, with 11 million readers.
Ms. Wilson is a native of Tulsa, Okla., and has lived, studied and/or worked in more than 13 countries. Through Wilson Global and in a personal capacity, she continues to seek ways to promote positive images of people in under served communities worldwide, by developing cross-cultural relationships in education, business, media and civic affairs. She is the mother of one son, Jonathan Keith Wilson, who has earned a degree in chemical engineering from the University of California, San Diego, and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Business. Jonathan resides and works in New York City.
Recognition & Awards
2016 USC Outstanding Alumna
University of Southern California Black Alumni Association
2016 Member, Board of Advisors
University of Southern California Annenberg School of Communications – Center for Public Relations
2015 Pat Tobin Lifetime Award
National Black Public Relations Society