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

Paige Hunt: Executive Assistant/Office Manager

Ariam Kesete: Dream.Explore.Build. Instructor

Nicole Robbins: Human Resources Administrator/Attorney

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

Ashley Hines- Medical College of Wisconson

Lana Jamerson- Brookdale Senior Living Corporate

Nicole Robbins- Robbins Law Group, LLC

Dorinthia Robinson- Make Elevated Plans

Julia Smith- Northwestern Mutual Life

Events Committee

Serena Clardie, Riverwalk Psychotherapy Association

Stanthia Grier, US Bank

Susan Guma, Medical College of Wisconsin

Roshonda Jones, The Parenting Network

Neeka Lewis, Medical College of Wisconsin

Joanna Rivas, Girl Scouts Milwaukee

Dorinthia Robinson, Make Elevated Plans

Marjorie Rucker, The Small Business Council

Marcus Taylor, Rockwell Automation

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