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 is married and resides in Milwaukee.

Staff

Dionne Grayson: President & CEO

Eric Alseth: Career Advancement Coach

Tayla Hart: Program Coordinator

Paige Hunt: Career Advancement Coach

Ariam Kesete: Dream.Explore.Build. Instructor

Brittany Madden: Marketing & Communications Administrator

Hope Manuel: Office Manager/Executive Assistant

Nicole Robbins: Human Resources Administrator/Attorney

Marjorie Rucker: Dream.Explor.Build. Instructor

Norm Smaglik: Accounting Administrator

Zak Van Voorhees: Director of Program Services

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- Rockwell Automation 

Julia Smith- Northwestern Mutual Life

 

Events Committee

Serena Clardie- Riverwalk Psychotherapy Associates

Ariam Kesete- AK Development

Dorinthia Robinson- Rockwell Automation

Marjorie Rucker- Small Business Council

Keith Stanley- Near West Side Partners

Marcus Taylor- Rockwell Automation

Partners

Area Health Education Center – AHEC

Aurora Health Care

Bader Philanthropies

Building Your Dreams LLC

City Center at 735

Employ Milwaukee

Greater Galilee Community Development Corporation

Marshfield Clinic

Marquette University

Medical College of Wisconsin

Mequon Rotary Afterhours Club

Milwaukee Bucks

Milwaukee Public Schools

Milwaukee Repertory Impact Planning Council

MPS Partnership for the Arts & Humanities

Northwestern Mutual

NeoSoul Productions

Neu Life Community Development

The Business Council, Inc.

The Forest County Potawatomi Foundation

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