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Winning Futures Appoints New Board Members

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Left: Scott Thiele, head of portfolio planning, FCA – North America and head of global long range plan coordination. Right: Marlin G. Williams, vice president, global diversity and inclusion at StockX.

We are pleased to welcome Scott Thiele, head of portfolio planning, FCA – North America and Marlin Williams, vice president, global diversity and inclusion at StockX, to the Winning Futures Board of Directors.

“I visited a Winning Futures class last year at Pontiac Academy for Excellence and I was impressed by the thoughtful curriculum and the interactions between the students and mentors,” said Thiele. “FCA is committed to empowering people, building strong, resilient communities, and generating meaningful and measurable outcomes. Winning Futures is a perfect fit and look forward to helping their students grow and prosper.”

Scott is responsible for FCA – North America’s North American product portfolio, analyzing the competitive environment, and providing market and consumer insights to guide future planning of North American products. He also holds responsibility for coordinating the company’s global long-range product plan. In February he was named chairman of the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council Board. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Scott also holds master’s degrees from the University of Michigan and Ashland University.

“Scott brings with him an immense amount of business knowledge and expertise,” said Kristina Marshall, president and CEO of Winning Futures. “This, combined with his passion and dedication to helping our students and improving the community will significantly help us as we navigate the challenges created by COVID-19, and grow our program for the years to come.”

Marlin comes with more than 20 years of experience as a global diversity and inclusion officer including positions at Compuware Corporation, and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. As the founder of Sisters Code, she worked to educate, empower, and entice women, ages 25-85, to explore the world of coding and technology.

“I’m a strong believer in inspiring women and people of color to learn about STEM careers and enter a related career field,” said Marlin. “My interests align quite well with Winning Futures’ mission. I’m excited to get to work, helping local high school students find their passion and develop the knowledge and skills they will need to achieve success.”

At StockX, she is responsible for driving the development, execution, and maintenance of a comprehensive diversity, equity, and inclusion strategy for the entire organization. Marlin is a graduate of Wayne State University and speaks internationally on topics related to diversity, equity and inclusion, technology, entrepreneurship, and empowerment.

“Marlin is a great addition to our board,” said Kristina. “Her background in diversity, inclusion, and entrepreneurship, combined with her passion for helping women get into science, technology, engineering, and math fields, is a perfect fit for our organization and students.”

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