Duane C. Wilson calls the Chicagoland area home, and after starting his first business while in high school, he realized he found great joy in advising youth on starting their own enterprises, and in empowering them to believe that they could achieve anything. During his college years despite being busy with another startup company and internships in Europe and at Disney, he was fortunate to create his own degree program in Social Entrepreneurship, while receiving a Certificate in Nonprofit Management, and a Certificate in Entrepreneurial Management from The University of Iowa. Upon returning to the Chicago area, he also earned a Certificate in Values-centered Leadership from DePaul University. From these experiences, he authored a children's book titled, Jackie and The Dreamstalk. His book is used around the world as an inspirational step-by-step guide on starting a business for readers ages nine to fourteen years old. His other writings include articles and an afterward for Dr. Clenora Hudson-Weems, PhD book Africana Womanism & Race & Gender in the Presidential Candidacy of Barack Obama. As a 2016 Chicago Defender Man of Excellence honoree, service is a part of his life and this is prevalent in his work with his foundation, The Spirit of Philanthropy, Adjunct Faculty for Entrepreneurship and Management at Columbia College Chicago, Manager of a business accelerator for Goodcity, past Executive Director of a Chicago nonprofit called The Peace Corner Youth Center, various academic and community development board post, his church, and his fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. With these capacities, he has taken on a range of volunteer roles, consulting, seminars and public speaking engagements. His hobbies include, travel, cooking, spending time with family and friends, to doing voice over work for tv and radio and even skydiving.
President and CEO
Anthony L. Green Ph.D., currently serves as the CEO/President of The Spirit of Philanthropy, NFP. A Global leader in the Non-Profit Sector which makes impact in Chicago and beyond. The foundation focuses on youth initiatives in the areas of education, health, animals, and the environment with the ultimate mission of globally making philanthropy a lifestyle. Prior to The Spirit of Philanthropy, Green spent 20yrs in the marketing, retail, and the apparel industries with Federated Department Stores and held several senior level positions with Bloomingdale’s Chicago. Known for his impact on merchandising, marketing, and brand placement while at Bloomingdale's, Green sold multi-million dollars’ in merchandise while under the leadership of the legendary business executive and merchant, Marvin Traub.
During 2012, Michael A. House, the past President and Publisher of The Chicago Defender Newspaper called upon Green and his global marketing firm Green International Groupe LLC, to create, and produce, the largest International Fashion Show for the Chicago Defender Newspaper signature event the Women of Excellence Award and Recognition Event. With well over 1000 influencers in attendance, Green International Groupe LLC introduced the world-renowned Joffrey Ballet Academy as a part of the Fashion Extravaganza...in addition Green created the first Lifestyle Magazine featuring, Fashion, Art, Music, and Epicurean Experience for the Chicago Defender Newspaper.
Green is a proven innovative thinker.
With a heart and mind to continue to grow globally, from his business endeavors, volunteer service and philanthropic endearments, he is proud to call Chicago home which include Quinn Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church his place of worship and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc his Fraternity.