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 (L2C) is the result of exponential growth and a comprehensive needs assessment conducted in the summer of 2009 by founding L2C members, formerly known as the Youth Advisory Council. As stated in the needs assessment by Milwaukee youth, the Greater Milwaukee area was in need of more youth leadership and service opportunities. Since 2011, L2C has endeavored to help fill this gap as a youth leadership organization committed to authentically engaging young people in leadership opportunities that prepare them to be successful leaders in college, their careers, and the community.

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 is married and resides in Milwaukee.

Staff

Jerel Ballard: Office Manager/Executive Assistant

Natalie Cooper : Special Projects

Frank Lewis  : Career Advancement Coach (Intern)

Brittany Madden : Marketing and Communications Administrator

Nikotris Perkins : Instructor

Sydney Pingel : Career Advancement Coach (Intern)

Talva Rodgers : Instructor

Norm Smaglik : Accounting Administrator

Vanessa Smith : Career Advancement Coach

Board

Ashley Hines
Medical College of Wisconsin
(Board Co-Chair)

Leo Ries
Retired LISC
(Board Co-Chair)

Maggie Beckley
Aurora Health Care
(Board Treasurer)

Nicole Robbins
Robbins Law Group LLC

Patricia Jones
IPIC Entertainment

Partners

Bader Philanthropies

Boys Scouts of America

Building Your Dreams LLC

Carroll College

City Center at 735

Employ Milwaukee

Greater Galilee Community Development Corporation

Marquette University

Medical College of Wisconsin

Milwaukee Bucks

Milwaukee Public Schools

MPS Partnership for the Arts & Humanities

Milwaukee Recreation

NeoSoul Productions

Neu Life Community Development

Social X

Trio Educational Talent Search – Marquette University

University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Social Work

World Outreach Center