Our Mission
Our mission is to promote and provide access to a college education, to administer professional development training and to assist with job placement for persons who have low or no income.

Our Vision
Hunger For Success ™ is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving impoverished lives through higher education, mentoring, and direction.

  1. Commitment to a centered focus on helping individuals living and working in poverty; provide training with mentoring services to provide a pathway to a successful future.
  2. Respect and value life challenges, creating a relationship that is dedicated to positivity, purpose, and planning.
  3. Commitment to mutual respect, kindness and encouragement.
  4. Commitment to diversity in all staff, volunteers, and participants.
  5. Commitment to equitable treatment and elimination of discrimination in all its forms.

Our History
For the last 30 years, our founder Brad Lebowsky has dedicated his professional career to developing future leaders and managers in both the nonprofit sector and within Fortune 500 companies. Brad has been involved in promoting thousands of people to leadership positions, and helping them grow both personally and professionally. In 2013, Brad authored the book Downsizing: Alternatives for Companies; a resource for those affected. This book was developed as a tool for corporations to highlight the importance of engaging their teams and providing training opportunities to avoid financial downturns. As people read the book and provided feedback, Brad decided he would create a nonprofit organization to help those in need. Brad’s focus is professional training and development to help unemployed persons and low income employees secure family wage jobs; and in turn, move them out of poverty.

Here is some of the empirical evidence we used to develop our program:

  1. Gallup found that managers who focus on their employees’ strengths can practically eliminate active disengagement and double the average of U.S. workers who are engaged nationwide.1 Strength Based Management will increase a person’s ability to earn more and maintain employment.
  2. According to the Harvard Business Review listening (communication skills) builds trust and respect, and creates an environment that encourages collaborative problem-solving; a key ingredient in professional development, higher salaries, and more stable employment.2
  3. Jeanne C. Meister, the coauthor of The 2020 Workplace says It’s important to be aware of generational tension — loosely defined as a lack of respect for someone who’s of a different generation from you — among colleagues.3

As a team, we have provided training for Fortune 500 companies for over 20 years. We’ve found that by combining higher education with professional development, people are successful at work and at home. Participants have access to books, online content, and one on one mentoring to ensure success.

Leadership
Founder: Brad Lebowsky

  1. Over 30 years in the retail corporate sector as a trainer, hiring manager, and professional development expert for numerous Fortune 500 companies.
  2. Has overseen and managed budgets in excess of $700 million dollars.
  3. Over 20 years consulting with nonprofits as it relates to funding (grant writing), strategic planning, and board training.
  4. MBA in Nonprofit Management.
  5. Promoted over 100 managers to higher positions and promoted over 1,000 associates to a supervisory level.

CFO: Forrest Callahan

  1. Over 35 years of professional work experience, 27 years in the nonprofit sector.
  2. CPA since 1991 (Fla. license in inactive status).
  3. 17 years as CFO with Goodwill Industries of Southern California.
  4. Accounting instructor with Woodbury University for 16 years.
  5. Master’s degree in Accountancy from California State University.

Jill Franklin – Over 20 years of legal and social work experience. Now with the Department of Children and Family Services in Los Angeles, California.
Larry Ruben – Over 20 years experience as a senior manager in software training in the healthcare environment. Now with Pursuit Healthcare Advisors.
Cindy Cox – Over 15 years of management and compliance for healthcare nonprofits (retired).

References

1 The State of the American Workplace: Employee Engagement Insights for U.S. Business Leaders by Gallup © 2013, pg. 9.
2 https://hbr.org/2014/01/three-ways-leaders-can-listen-with-more-empathy/.
3 https://hbr.org/2014/09/managing-people-from-5-generations

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