WHO WE ARE
Mission
To empower and inspire youth to be catalysts for change in their communities.
Vision
A community strengthened through constructive youth engagement in all aspects of society.
Overview

Lead2Change is a leading career-readiness organization that engages young people in leadership opportunities and equips them with essential tools to be successful in college, their career and the community. Young people who experience our programs enter the post-secondary world confident and clear about their career interests and their position in the ever-evolving workforce.

As part of a national movement, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation founded the Youth in Service Fund in 1996.  The program was created to engage young people in youth leadership and philanthropy.  After many years of success and granting nearly $550,000 to youth-led projects, in 2009, the Youth in Service Fund transitioned to Lead2Change, a career-readiness non-profit organization. This initiative was spearheaded by Dionne Grayson and a group of young trailblazers. While philanthropy is one tool used to help young people develop career-readiness skills, we also offer 16 nationally recognized career clusters to help young people find their passion and follow their path.

Leadership

President and CEO Dionne Grayson is a visionary leader who has dedicated her career to empowering youth and strengthening the organizational capacity of institutions in the Milwaukee area. Serving as Lead2Change’s President and CEO, Dionne’s work is driven by her passion to see youth manifest their destiny. Dionne has served youth for more than 20 years and has consulted with several organizations, including the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, Marquette University, and 88Nine Radio Milwaukee. Prior to founding Lead2Change in 2011 along with 12 youth co-founders, Dionne served as a Senior Program Officer at the Greater Milwaukee Foundation.

Through Lead2Change and her patented program, Dream.Explore.Build., Dionne empowers youth to live their life by design and not by default. Dionne’s tenacity for youth leadership programming has earned her many accolades, including being named a 2017 Women of Influence (Mentor category) by The Milwaukee Business Journal.

Dionne received her undergraduate degree in Clinical Psychology from Alverno College and her graduate degree in Social Work Administration from UW-Milwaukee. She currently resides in Milwaukee with her husband.

Staff
Dionne Grayson: President & CEO
Bryan D. Evans, Sr.: Dream.Explore.Build. Instructor
Paige Hunt: Executive Assistant/Office Manager
Shanita Hunter: Career Advancement Coach
Katherine Polace: Career Advancement Coach
JoLanda Rogers: Dream.Explore.Build. Lead Instructor
Marjorie Rucker: Dream.Explore.Build. Instructor
Norm Smaglik: Accounting Administrator
Yalonda Wilson: Community Liaison
Board
Maggie Beckley- Aurora Health Care
Serena Clardie- Riverwalk Psychotherapy Associates
Bryan D. Evans, Sr. – BE Business Solutions
Dorinthia Robinson- Make Elevated Plans
Marcus Taylor – Rockwell Automation
Leo Ries – LISC (Retired)
Events Committee
Marcus Taylor – Rockwell Automation, Chairperson
Serena Clardie, Riverwalk Psychotherapy Asso.
Stanthia Grier – US Bank
Susan Guma – Medical College of Wisconsin
Paige Hunt – Lead2Change, Inc.
Roshonda Jones – The Parenting Network
Joanna Rivas – Vision Forward
Dorinthia Robinson – Make Elevated Plans
Marjorie Rucker – The Small Business Council
Partners
Anon Charitable Trust
Apple, Inc
Area Health Education Center – AHEC
Aurora Health Care
Bader Philanthropies
Brewers Community Foundation
Building Your Dreams LLC
Career Practicum: Health Centers
Career Practicum: Video and Film
City Animal Hospital
Classy Girls Cupcakes
 
Digital Edge
Discovery World
Downtown Autobody
Employ Milwaukee
Engberg Anderson Architects
The Forest County Potawatomi Foundation
Foundations for Freedom
Greater Galilee Community Development Corporation
Habitat for Humanity
JB Enterprises, S.C.
Lead2Change, Inc.
 
Marketplace Business Improvement District #32
M.A.P. Camp at World Outreach Center
Marquette University
Marquette University Police Department
Marshfield Clinic
Medical College of Wisconsin
Melva Henderson Ministries
Mequon Rotary Afterhours Club
Milwaukee Bucks
Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design
Milwaukee Public Schools
 
Milwaukee Repertory Impact Planning Council
MPS Partnership for the Arts & Humanities
My Pet’s Vet
Near West Side Partners
Neighborhood House
NeoSoul Productions
Neu Life Community Development
Northwestern Mutual
Penfield Children’s Center
Rockwell Automation
Scottfree Salon
 
Signature Dance Company
The Small Business Council, Inc.
Tandem Restaurant
Torrence’s House of Threads
Trio Educational Talent Search – Marquette University
University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Social Work
Urban Ecology Center
Urban Underground
Worskshop Architects
World Outreach Center