"It’s because of the leadership development opportunities that I’ve gained through Lead2Change; I ensure that the roles that I take within organizations are aligned to my passion which includes serving the community." - Tawanna Jackson
Lead2Change (L2C), formerly, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Youth Advisory Council, has played an integral part of my development as a leader in the Greater Milwaukee community. Serving on the council has instilled in me the importance of finding your passion, and understanding what it means to be a part of the change you seek. It’s truly an honor to have been a part of an organization making real strides in transforming the community.
Serving on the council as the Pre and Post Interview Committee Chair created the foundation for my career today in Human Resources as a Diversity & Inclusion Programs Specialist at MillerCoors. In this role, I have the opportunity to influence leaders across the organization facilitating initiatives that challenge what we’ve been taught growing up and how we think. Additionally, I take part in our campus recruiting initiatives where I’m constantly interviewing new talent for open roles within the organization. I had no idea that the role I took on the council years ago would benefit me in my career today! Servant leadership, goal setting, strategic thinking and effective interviewing are a few of the many skills I’ve developed during my tenure on the Youth Advisory Council. EACH of these skills are still being used and developed today!
It’s because of the leadership development opportunities that I’ve gained through Lead2Change; I ensure that the roles that I take within organizations are aligned to my passion which includes serving the community. It’s no coincidence that because of my experience serving on the YAC, that no matter what career I end up in, I somehow always manage to ensure there’s a community aspect to my job! When I look back over my career path, each of the roles I’ve held involve facilitation, interviewing and developing others. All critical skills gained from being a part of L2C. L2C provides invaluable experiences that stick with you a lifetime! I am grateful to have been a part of the organization and it’s truly amazing to see how far the organization has transformed over the years.