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 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 global 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 2011, the Youth in Service Fund transitioned to Lead2Change, a career-readiness non-profit organization. Since 2011, Lead2Change has empowered more than 500 young adults, ages 16 to 24 years old, to be catalysts for change in their communities through interactive career-readiness classes, professional development workshops and paid internships.


Dionne Grayson, Executive Director
Dionne Grayson is a visionary leader committed to helping youth and young adults discover their purpose, believe in their potential, and boldly pursue their dreams. Serving as Executive director of Lead2Change, Mrs. Grayson, along with 22 youth, co-founded Lead2Change. To date, nearly 1,000 young people have successfully completed this program.

With a career spanning more than 25 years, Dionne has earned many accolades; in 2017, she was named a Woman of Influence by The Milwaukee Business Journal. In 2018, Mrs. Grayson was recognized as a Leading Woman in Business by O, The Oprah Magazine. Her greatest accomplishment, however, is the title “mentor,” given to her by small business owners and young people across the country.

Mrs. Grayson received her undergraduate degree in Clinical Psychology from Alverno College and a graduate degree in Social Work Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She resides in Milwaukee with her husband Vern.

Board of Directors

Marcus Taylor – Rockwell Automation

Linda Hogan – Bader Rutter

Christian Braverman, Colliers International

Kristiyan Trukov – R.W. Baird & Co.

People and Performance Committee Chair
Anna Oakes, Oakes Co.

Board Director
Leo Ries, LISC (Retired)

Program and Community Engagement Committee Chair
Megan Roche, City of New Berlin

Board Director
Suzanne Zwaska, US Bank

Executive Director
Dionne Grayson, Lead2Change Inc. 

Board Standing Committees


Kristiyan Trukov, Chair, R.W. Baird & Co.

Amanda Aliperta, Lead2Change Inc.

Brittany Eronson, RSM US LLP

Christian Braverman, Colliers International

Norm Smaglik, Lead2Change Inc.

Patrick Schulz, Robert W. Baird & Co.

Sara Anderson, Ascent Global Logistics, Inc.

Thomas Serafin, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, LLP

Marketing Communications

Linda Hogan, Chair, Bader Rutter

Aubri Wierzbicki, Bader Rutter

Brittany Nash, Lead2Change Inc. 

Cindy Cooper, Sixteenth Street Community Health Center

Hope Manuel, Milwaukee Public Schools

Leo Ries, Retired (LISC)

Manisha Nabke, Fishawack Health

Merilou Gonzales, Bader Philanthropies

Taylor Dei, Bader Rutter

People + Performance (P2)

Anna Oakes, Chair, Oakes Co.

Leronica Shaw, Advocate Aurora Health

Sam Smith, Capri Senior Communities

Program and Community Engagement

Megan Roche, Chair, City of New Berlin

Angilique Jones-Cornelius, Milwaukee Public Schools

Bregetta Wilson, Embrace Improve Empower, LLC.

Dorintha Robinson, Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin

Fran Sutter, GMR Marketing

Joanna Rivas, Vision Forward Association

Marcus Taylor, Rockwell Automation

Quianna McGee, Lead2Change Inc.

RaShonda Jones, The Parenting Network

Stanthia Grier, US Bank

Suzanne Zwaska, US Bank

Trishya Brown, Advocate Aurora Health


Administrative Staff

Dionne Grayson: Executive Director

Amanda Aliparta: Fund Development Consultant

Quianna McGee: Coordinator of Administration

Brittany Nash: Marketing & Communications Consultant

Norm Smaglik: Accounting Administrator

Cheryl McMurtry: Accountant

Leslie Zingapan: Executive Assistant

Program Staff

Bryan D. Evans, Sr.: Lead Brick by Brick Instructor

Katherine Polace: Lead Career Advancement Coach

Kofi Abaidoo: Brick by Brick Instructor

Kinen Fleming: Brick by Brick Instructor

Mia Valenzuela: Career Advancement Coach

Cheri Hegwood: Career Advancement Coach

Interact Club

Paige Hunt: Interact Coordinator

Donia Abu-Saif: Career Advancement Coach

African American Chamber of Commerce
Anon Charitable Trust
Bader Rutter
Cardinal Stritch University
The Commons, WI
Ebony Esthetics
Goodwill Industries of Southeastern WI
Greater Milwaukee Foundation
Innovative Fiber
Kohl Foundation
Kohls Hometown Giving
Marquette University Diederich College of Communications
Marquette University Education Opportunity Program – Talent Search
Milwaukee Public Schools Contract Compliance Services, Office of Accountability & Efficiency
Milwaukee Public schools Partnership for the Arts and Humanities
National Association of African American HR Professionals
Neo Soul Productions
Potawatomi Foundation
PumpFive Fuel Delivery
Rockwell Automation
Reasons for Hope MKE
Secure Futures
T.A.L.K. Publishing
Townsend Foundation
Union Pacific
University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Helen Bader School of Social Welfare
University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts
Department of Film, Video, Animation, and New Genres
Vibez Creative Arts Space
World Outreach Church