Dreambox is now one of the best-funded startups in education–and its CEO is leading the way for black women looking to raise private dollars
Jessie Woolley-Wilson, president and CEO of education technology company DreamBox, did not originally plan on working in education. After receiving her MBA from Harvard, in 1990, she headed straight for Wall Street. Her parents had emphasized the importance of education, certainly–her father, a surgeon, emigrated to the U.S. from Haiti in 1956 and credited his own academic credentials with helping him succeed, despite the pre-Civil Rights limitations imposed on black men. But Woolley-Wilson had never thought of education as a career path until she started volunteering as a tutor for low-income New York City students.
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