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Kris was a student in the inaugural Winning Futures high school mentoring class in 1994. After graduating from college she was recruited by our founder, Sam Cupp, and joined our team in 1998. Since then, Kris has made Winning Futures her life’s mission, leading the development of Winning Futures into a nationally recognized and award-winning expert in empowering high school students to succeed.
Today, Kris is the president and chief executive officer. Recognizing that many high school students struggle with challenges, ranging from poverty to lack of support, and leave school without the skills, knowledge, and drive necessary for success, Kris worked with her team to develop Workforce Prep – a new, cutting-edge experiential four-year program that includes in-class mentoring, life skill development, goal setting, job readiness training, and career exploration. In addition to better preparing students for success, this revolutionary program addresses the increasing workforce gap by helping businesses find and fill vacancies with well qualified employees. Kris has rallied more than 100 companies to support Workforce Prep.
“Today’s business world is quickly and significantly evolving with new technologies in automation and artificial intelligence,” said Kris. “It’s important now more than ever that we prepare our students for life after high school, giving them the knowledge and skills they will need to adapt and succeed in a quickly and drastically changing work environment.”
Kris has received numerous awards and recognitions including: International Athena Award for Women in Leadership; Crain Detroit’s “40 under 40”; Vanguard Award; Women Officials’ Network “Wonder Woman Award for Distinguished Advocate for Youth”; Role Model Award for Alternatives for Girls; Michigan Technological University’s Outstanding Young Alumni Award; Distinguished Leadership Award from the Women Leadership in the Workplace program (Michigan Business & Professional Association); and Crain’s Notable Women in Nonprofits. She is the previous past Chair of the Mentor Michigan Providers Council and currently serves on Comerica Bank’s Michigan Community Development Advisory Council. Success Magazine published a feature article about Kris in June 2014.