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25 From 25: Brittani Lipsey

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Brittani Lipsey, Student, University of Michigan, Winning Futures Class of 2018 As a student at Harper Woods High School, Brittani struggled with knowing what she would do after graduating. Her mentor, Regine Bile, manager at General Motors, helped her create a vision for her future and craft a strategic five-year … Read More »

25 From 25: Deshawn Wafer

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Deshawn Wafer, Students, University of Michigan, Winning Futures Class of 2007 Deshawn was in the Winning Futures program his freshman year at Harper Woods High School. He excelled in the program and applied for a Cupp-Hamilton Scholarship but was not successful. Program Facilitator, Bryan Howard, encouraged him to keep focusing … Read More »

Magna Executive, Dino Nardicchio, Joins Winning Futures Board of Directors

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Dino Nardicchio, global vice president of Advanced Technology Engineering for Magna Seating. Dino Nardicchio, global vice president of Advanced Technology Engineering for Magna Seating has been elected to the Winning Futures Board of Directors. “Winning Futures is an inspiring way to support Magna’s commitment to the communities where we live and … Read More »

2018 Awards Ceremony – Changing the World!

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2018 scholarship winners left to right: Brittany Padilla, Breia Swanigan, and Samantha Susalla. I’ve been to many awards ceremonies in my lifetime and I’ve watched a few on television. They’re mostly mundane. Too many times participants rave about themselves or how something they’ve done changed the world when really they … Read More »

Lost Then Found – Deshawn Wafer’s Story

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Deshawn just completed his freshman year at the University of Michigan and plans to be a nurse. I met Deshawn Wafer on a sunny afternoon at a local Starbucks. We talked about his time in our mentoring program at Harper Woods High School. He said he was lost. All I … Read More »

Winning Futures’ New Board Member – Alma Guajardo-Crossley

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We would like to kindly welcome one of the newest members of the Winning Futures’ Board of Directors, Alma Guajardo-Crossley. Alma is the Director of Corporate Diversity at General Motors. She spends her days tracking the internal and external diversity goals of the company while also ensuring that General Motors … Read More »

Mentoring Champions!

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We are happy to announce our four Mentoring Champions! They are General Motors, Kelly Services, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, and Lear Corporation. In order to qualify as a mentoring champion, a company must have at least five mentors currently serving at any of the seven schools. Thank you so much for … Read More »

Board Member of the Quarter

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Scott Rice, Board Chair and Kristina Marshall, President and CEO of Winning Futures, presented Theresa Hilborn of General Motors and Frank Orsini of Lear Corporation, with the Winning Futures’ Board Member of the Quarter Awards for their dedication and contribution to local youth at the Winning Futures Board of Directors meeting … Read More »

GM Cares

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General Motors recognizes that giving employees an opportunity to mentor through their job provides many valuable benefits. Benefits to the Employee • Improves performance • Increases job satisfaction, attitude and morale • Encourages teamwork • Promotes leadership and skill development Benefits to the Corporation • Builds brand awareness and affinity … Read More »

Winning Futures Receives GM Foundation Grant

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The GM Foundation recently presented Winning Futures with a generous $14,000 grant to support our mentoring and career development programs in metro Detroit. Pictured at the presentation ceremony are (left to right): Jaffe Raitt Heuer and Weiss law firm partner and Winning Futures board member James Parks, Winning Futures program … Read More »