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Professor  | Consultant  | Advocate

Rysheema Dixon

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Meet Rysheema

Seasoned Business Owner, Former City Council Member At-Large, Adjunct Professor, Global Speaker

Rysheema Dixon is the Chief Executive Officer & Founder of RD Innovative Planning with over 10 years of experience in the field of Community Development and Social Entrepreneurship. Former elected official in the City of Wilmington, Delaware where she served in office for five years. She is originally from Philadelphia, graduated in 2009 from University of Delaware with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and in 2013 graduated with a Master’s degree in Sustainable Development/International Policy and Management from School for International Training. She is an Award Winning Entrepreneur; her accolades include 2014 Women in Business Honoree, 2018 Her Story Our Story Women’s Business Center and 2022 RealList Connector Delaware a name a few.


  • 2022 ReaLlist Connector, Delaware

  • 2021 Horn Entrepreneurship WE Hatch Honor Circle Honoree

  • 2021 Girls With Pearls Gala Community Award

  • 2018 Her Story Our History Honoree, Women's Business Center

  • 2017 to 2022 First and Youngest African American City Council Member At-Large, City of Wilmington, Delaware

  • 2015 Jefferson Awards Finalist for "Outstanding Service by an Entrepreneur"

  • 2014 Women in Business Honoree, Delaware Today Magazine

Speaking Engagements

Rysheema is tapped by companies like Young Entrepreneurs Congress (Germany), Educate the Future Liberia, ONE Foundation Nigeria, Great Oaks Charter School, University of Delaware, Goldey-Beacom College to provide her insights on topics related to Entrepreneurship, Politics, Social Entrepreneurship, & Education. She has been motivating and inspiring people all over the global. 

BE Expo

Liberia Young Entrepreneurship Training Program

Young Entrepreneurs Congress Conference 

Great Oaks Charter School Graduation Speaker

Featured Engagements


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Over the past few years it has been a blessing to follow Rysheema! From council woman and teacher, to CEO she has always been intentional in creating an impact within our communities all the while building up the next generation of leaders!

Markevis Gideon

Founder at NerdiTNOW

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Rysheema Dixon is an exceptional professional with a keen ability to offer strategic solutions to advance your organizational and community efforts. I’ve had the pleasure of partnering with Rysheema on multiple projects and I look forward to future collaborative efforts.

Monique Chadband 
President & CEO at PACE

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Rysheema Dixon is an inspiration to work with and for. Her drive is infectious! She pushes you to go beyond what you think you are capable of, and is there to push anyone working with her towards their greatness! 

Akira Grenardo

Deputy City Clerk

Current Projects

In 2022, Rysheema launched her Global Social Entrepreneurship program in Liberia, Africa. She was able to support their mission of bringing social entrepreneurship curriculum to young people in the region of Monrovia. She is now working on Year 2 of the program in Liberia with Educate the Future Liberia.

After leaving public service & serving for five years as a City Council Member At-Large, she is working full time as the CEO of RD Innovative Solutions. 


Social Entrepreneurship Curriculum 




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