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H. Mitsy Wilson

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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Diversity Specialist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Bright Colors
Favorite Food:
Roti And Curry Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Costa Rica
Favorite Quote:
That's Phenomenal.

Birthplace

Born:
12/13/1950
Birth Location:
Georgetown,

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Diversity Specialist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Bright Colors
Favorite Food:
Roti And Curry Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Costa Rica
Favorite Quote:
That's Phenomenal.

Birthplace

Born:
12/13/1950
Birth Location:
Georgetown
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Biography

Entertainment executive H. Mitsy Wilson was born on December 13, 1950 in Georgetown, Guyana. She grew up in New York, where she spent her formative years. Wilson graduated from the College of Mount Saint Vincent with her B.A. degree in sociology and social work.

In 1972, Wilson worked as a commercial coordinator for the New York broadcast station WPIX-TV. In 1973, she was hired as a social worker for the Seamen’s Society for Children and Families. Wilson went on to work for the New York Board of Education as director of counseling and special projects. In 1981, she was hired at New York Airlines, where she worked as both manager of training and consumer relations and manager of consumer affairs and baggage services until 1986. Continental Airlines acquired New York Airlines in 1986 and Wilson was promoted to director of consumer affairs and training.

In 1988, Wilson was hired as manager of management training and diversity at Times-Mirror Cable Television. She was promoted to director of leadership development and diversity at Times-Mirror Company in 1995; and, in 1999, she was named corporate vice president of leadership and organizational development. Then, in 2000, Fox Entertainment Group hired Wilson as senior vice president of diversity development, where she was responsible for development, execution and evaluation of all diversity initiatives. The appointment made her the highest-ranking African American female executive at the company. In 2005, she assumed responsibility for all diversity efforts for News Corporation. In 2011, Wilson became a founding partner of ForAfrica, an international consultancy firm specializing in leadership development solutions.

Wilson has received numerous awards, including the New York Governor’s Award in 1980, the Minorities in Broadcasting’s Phoenix Award in 2003, the 2006 NAACP President’s Award, and the 2010 Corporate Executive of the Year Award from the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York. She is the Chairperson of Workplace Hollywood, a non-profit organization dedicated to developing, training and placing a diverse workforce in entertainment, and is a former member of the UCLA Medical Affairs Board, Nielsen Media Research African American Advisory Council, and Howard University School of Communications Board.

Wilson lives with her husband, Greg James, and has two daughters, Meisha and Alia; a stepdaughter, Shermian; and three granddaughters, Sherine, Shermika and Esther.

H. Mitsy Wilson was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on December 20, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - H. Mitsy Wilson describes her mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - H. Mitsy Wilson describes her mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - H. Mitsy Wilson talks about her mother's career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - H. Mitsy Wilson describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - H. Mitsy Wilson talks about her father's role in her upbringing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - H. Mitsy Wilson describes her father's immigration to the United States
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - H. Mitsy Wilson remembers her paternal family's legacy in the sciences
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - H. Mitsy Wilson describes her parents' personalities and who she takes after
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - H. Mitsy Wilson lists her siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - H. Mitsy Wilson describes her earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - H. Mitsy Wilson remembers moving with her family to the Bronx, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - H. Mitsy Wilson describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - H. Mitsy Wilson talks about her early experiences of religion
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - H. Mitsy Wilson describes her early education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - H. Mitsy Wilson remembers her early influences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - H. Mitsy Wilson recalls her athletic achievements during high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - H. Mitsy Wilson describes her academic success
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - H. Mitsy Wilson recalls her favorite television programs
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - H. Mitsy Wilson remembers her social activities
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - H. Mitsy Wilson remembers the assassination of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - H. Mitsy Wilson recalls her college applications
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - H. Mitsy Wilson describes her experiences at College of Mount Saint Vincent in the Bronx, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - H. Mitsy Wilson remembers her professors at College of Mount Saint Vincent
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - H. Mitsy Wilson describes her social activities at College of Mount Saint Vincent
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - H. Mitsy Wilson talks about her decision not to attend law school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - H. Mitsy Wilson recalls her position at WPIX-TV in New York City
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - H. Mitsy Wilson remembers working at the Seamen's Society for Children and Families in Staten Island, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - H. Mitsy Wilson talks about learning martial arts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - H. Mitsy Wilson remembers working at a drug prevention program in Queens, New York, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - H. Mitsy Wilson remembers working at a drug prevention program in Queens, New York, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - H. Mitsy Wilson describes her role at New York Air in Queens, New York
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - H. Mitsy Wilson remembers New York Air's merger with Continental Airlines
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - H. Mitsy Wilson recalls joining Times Mirror Cable Television, Inc.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - H. Mitsy Wilson recalls the start of her career in diversity development
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - H. Mitsy Wilson describes her work in management development at the Times Mirror Company
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - H. Mitsy Wilson remembers her promotion to corporate officer at the Times Mirror Company
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - H. Mitsy Wilson recalls the Times Mirror Company's hostile takeover by Tribune Media
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - H. Mitsy Wilson remembers becoming the senior vice president of diversity at Fox Entertainment Group
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - H. Mitsy Wilson recalls creating the diversity division at Fox Entertainment Group
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - H. Mitsy Wilson talks about Peter Chernin's support for diversity development
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - H. Mitsy Wilson recalls developing relationships with the presidents of Fox Entertainment Group
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - H. Mitsy Wilson remembers creating the diversity advisory board at Fox Entertainment Group
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - H. Mitsy Wilson describes the diversity and development staff at Fox Entertainment Group
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - H. Mitsy Wilson describes her apprenticeship and mentorship programs
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - H. Mitsy Wilson recalls presenting her accomplishments to Rupert Murdoch
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - H. Mitsy Wilson remembers receiving the NAACP President's Award
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - H. Mitsy Wilson talks about her retirement from News Corporation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - H. Mitsy Wilson recalls the start of her activism in Africa
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - H. Mitsy Wilson remembers founding ForAfrica
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - H. Mitsy Wilson recalls meeting with African leaders to develop programs for ForAfrica
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - H. Mitsy Wilson describes ForAfrica's early leadership development programs
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - H. Mitsy Wilson remembers traveling to Africa with Ramsey Jay, Jr.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - H. Mitsy Wilson talks about ForAfrica's international studies program
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - H. Mitsy Wilson talks about ForAfrica's potential impact on African Americans
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - H. Mitsy Wilson describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - H. Mitsy Wilson reflects upon her life, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - H. Mitsy Wilson reflects upon her life, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - H. Mitsy Wilson reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - H. Mitsy Wilson describes her relationship with her second husband
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - H. Mitsy Wilson talks about her second husband's relationship with her daughters
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - H. Mitsy Wilson describes the challenges faced by African Americans in Corporate America
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - H. Mitsy Wilson describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - H. Mitsy Wilson narrates her photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - H. Mitsy Wilson narrates her photographs, pt. 2