Sandy Wilson’s passion for the Ophelia DeVore Charm Program began as a student. “ODV was a God-send for both my daughter and me. It was one of my best life-changing decisions!” After graduating from the program, Sandy successfully completed the ODV Teacher-Training Program and developed into an outstanding instructor and role model. She succeeded the “fabulous” Jacqueline Wellington as both the director of teachers and fashion showcase director.
Sandy organized fashion shows and workshops for Jack and Jill, One Hundred Black Women, Queens College, Chinese American Planning Council, etc. Along with ODV leadership, she conducted the ODV Professional Career Lady Program and presented Customer Excellence workshops for the Marriott Hotel and Veterans’ Administration.
Her professional career started with the New York City (NYC) Department of Social Services and ended with Verizon as a government affairs director.
Sandy was frequently chosen to represent, develop or lead key initiatives for the company, including philanthropic events, Business Telephone Etiquette for Schools, NYC Dept. of Social Services Telephone Etiquette, Welfare-to-Work New Hire Development, South African and Korean Visitors’ Programs, Stockholders’ Meetings, “Slavery in New York” Reception at NY Historical Society, among many others. As a recipient of Verizon's President’s Award for Outstanding Performance, along with other numerous awards and citations, Sandy is particularly proud of having ended her career with top performance ratings and perfect attendance.
A magna cum laude graduate of West Virginia State College University, Sandy values “giving back.” She supports Katherine Johnson Scholarships for STEM Students, St. Jude’s and Shriners Hospitals for Children, Mercy Ships, and churches. She treasures her daughter and son-in-law, both of whom are physicians in the pediatric field. Sandy proudly admits that her positive outlook, rewarding life and professional career successes, would not have occurred in such abundance without ODV charm teachings. One of her favorite lessons is: “Every battle is not worth a fight, but every worthwhile fight can be more easily won with the power of charm!”
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