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Surayya Walters

2023 Fellow

VV Visionaries

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United States

Focus Areas

Economic Empowerment
Racial Justice
Social Entrepreneurship

Surayya Walters is a social entrepreneur, speaker, journalist, and leader who is passionate about tackling social issues through her work. She is the founder of iDEIntity, a nonprofit that is dedicated to bringing diversity, equity, and inclusion to the startup ecosystem. She is also the founder and community manager of B25, a social initiative designed to help young women of color launch entrepreneurial careers and ventures. She is an entrepreneur who is dedicated to uplifting the marginalized and finding creative ways to live her purpose and make an impact.

Walters graduated from The Wharton School in 2022, receiving her bachelor’s degree in economics, with concentrations in management and marketing as well as a minor in urban education policy. She has received various fellowships and awards, including Humanity in Action’s Racial Equity Fellowship, the LeadNext Fellowship, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Award For Outstanding Leadership and Service. Additionally, Walters is a 2023 Watson Institute Social Entrepreneurial Fellow and an entrepreneur in residence for Bubble Immerse, their premier accelerator for founders of color seeking to build technical skills.

“As a visionary leader, I am committed to blazing a trail that others can follow; to empower others to succeed and craft a life and career they are proud of.”