The 13th Man Board

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13th Man Board Member
Wanda Alexis Alexander

 

Wanda Alexis Alexander, Wanda Alexis Alexander is a well-known and respected entrepreneur in the DC-Metro area business community. Ms. Alexander is a native of Washington, DC and is a product of the DC and Prince George’s County public schools.   Having graduated from the University of Maryland-College Park, she is a recipient of the school’s Distinguished Alumni award; recipient of its Honorary M Club membership and the 2020 Tyser Gottwals Award for outstanding service.   She has served as President of its Alumni Association’s Board of Governors and now serves as a member of the University’s Trustee Foundation Board.

 

Wanda  Alexander  purchased  a  majority  stake  in  Horizon  Consulting  Incorporated  in  September  of  1995, immediately assuming the positions of President and CEO. Her leadership saw Horizon grow into a 130-plus-person organization and a position (#312) on the Inc500 list of the Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America in 2002 and Inc 5000 in 2010.  In June 2012, Wanda purchased the remaining 49% interest in Horizon from her business partner, making the company 100% woman owned.  Through December 31, 2018 Horizon provided high volume work flow management, data entry, loan quality control, appraisal management, and due diligence services to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and other government agencies, multifamily housing owners, and commercial banks.   Since the firm’s inception, she and the Horizon team committed to honesty, integrity, professionalism and hard work in all of the company’s business relationships.  In addition, community outreach was a key component of Horizon’s commitment to giving back to the communities in all the cities where the company operated. Ms. Alexander was named as an Innovator of 2012 by NOVAEXEC Magazine due to her creative company culture.

 

Ms. Alexander has been personally active for several decades with organizations that have created scholarships for minority women, taught investment training to elementary youth, provided entrepreneurship education and practical experience, direction and leadership to teens and mentored young ladies through and after college.  In addition, Ms. Alexander always served as a mentor to others, to include several men and women who started businesses and attained much success on their own. Because of her love of mentoring and coaching business leaders, she established Wanda Alexis Alexander, LLC (WAA, LLC) in 2008 where she serves as a leadership development influencer offering seminars and workshops teaching business leaders to pursue the things about which they are truly passionate to create the lives they really want.  She provides practical insights on developing leadership through integrity and tapping into your purpose to grow your career, business but ultimately your life from the inside, out.  She is a highly requested speaker for various companies, non-profits, religious and educational organizations and specializes in group and individual mentoring, corporate and executive leadership development and inspirational speaking both domestically and internationally.

 

She has been recognized by the Small Business Administration as its Women Business Champion of the Year; recognized by the Washington Business Journal as an Outstanding Minority Business Leader and has garnered numerous local, regional and national awards, to include being recognized as An Enterprising Women of the Year by Enterprising Women Magazine. For decades she has served on many non-profit and for-profit Boards, both local and national.  She has volunteered to lecture on Ethics in Business for the Colvin School of Real Estate at the University of Maryland, College Park and has spoken at a number of Colleges and Universities in the DC Metropolitan area. She also established an endowment at the University of Maryland in honor of her parents, Samuel and Grace Alexander, to ensure their ongoing legacy of the value of education is supported at her Alma Mater.