Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Meet Bonika Wilson, 2013 Woman of Distinction

Bonika Wilson is president and chief executive officer of Wilson Capital Management. Prior to this position, she was senior vice president with SunTrust Bank, a position she earned at age 30.

Wilson has supported women and minority-owned businesses throughout her career by giving free workshops on small business financing, financial management and business planning. She also consults women on motivating employees and maintaining work/life balance. She mentors teenage girls on college preparation, self-esteem, entrepreneurship and community service through the nonprofit I am My Brothers/Sisters Keeper.

She also serves on the boards of the YWCA of Central Alabama and others, in addition to her involvement with several organizations including the Leading Edge Institute and Court Appointed Special Advocates.

She received the 2009 Impact Award from George Washington University and has been featured in several magazines for her success and community involvement.

Wilson’s greatest accomplishment is balancing motherhood and successful entrepreneurship. She reveals her passion for mentoring: “Women have a special ability to nurture, support each other and celebrate success. There is an unbelievable synergy when you get women together who have shared interests, goals and passion-nothing is impossible!” She measures her success by how she plants seeds, and how the work she does today will impact those who came after her.

Wilson will be honored at the 2013 East-Central Alabama Women of Distinction luncheon on Friday, March 8. For more information, go to http://girlscoutsnca.org/wodeastcentral.