LEAD Events Focus on Personal, Professional Growth

Alumni share wisdom and insight for current LEAD Scholars
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Several students sit in an auditorium listening to a speaker.
LEAD Scholars listen to speakers during the Women in LEADership Symposium. Photo by Emily Lynn.

The LEAD Scholars program recently held events focusing on personal and professional growth for the students.

The Women in LEADership Symposium featured a keynote address from Chanel DeGuzman, ’88, on “Leading With Purpose: Entrepreneurial Insights for Success.” There was also a panel discussion with four U-M alumnae: Grace Wu, ’02, Klementina Sula, ’07, MA’11, MPP’11, Lorinda Burgess, ’84, and Gabrielle Gear, ’13. 

During the event, LEAD Scholar Ana Trujillo Garcia was given the annual Carol Grafton Impact Award.

Meanwhile, Men of Color in LEADership went to the men’s clothing store Hot Sam’s in Detroit for the second annual “How to Dress for Success” event. Staff at the store shared the top three items the Scholars need in their closets.

Scholars also visited the U-M Detroit Center where Dexter Mason, ’13, who has worked as a staff with President Barack Obama, discussed life lessons.

The LEAD Scholars program offers merit-based scholarships and empowering community support to admitted students who exemplify the program’s four pillars: leadership, excellence, achievement, and diversity. The Alumni Association of the University of Michigan established the LEAD Scholars program in 2008 to help foster a more diverse and inclusive U-M. 

For more information on the LEAD Scholars program or to make a gift, click here.

Women in LEADership Symposium photos by Emily Lynn

Men of Color in LEADership photos by Tori Wilson

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