WHO WE ARE
To empower and inspire youth to be catalysts for change in their communities.
A community strengthened through constructive youth engagement in all aspects of society.
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.
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.
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
Zak Van Voorhees: Director of Program Services
Yalonda Wilson: Community Liaison
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
Marcus Taylor- Committee Chair
Anon Charitable Trust
Area Health Education Center – AHEC
Aurora Health Care
Brewers Community Foundation
Building Your Dreams LLC
Career Practicum: Health Centers
Career Practicum: Video and Film
City Animal Hospital
Classy Girls Cupcakes
Engberg Anderson Architects
The Forest County Potawatomi Foundation
Foundations for Freedom
Greater Galilee Community Development Corporation
Habitat for Humanity
JB Enterprises, S.C.
Marketplace Business Improvement District #32
M.A.P. Camp at World Outreach Center
Marquette University Police Department
Medical College of Wisconsin
Melva Henderson Ministries
Mequon Rotary Afterhours Club
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
Neu Life Community Development
Penfield Children’s Center
Signature Dance Company
The Small Business Council, Inc.
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
World Outreach Center