Java with Jim Interviews Jennifer Gauthier, CEO/Executive Director at Lead4Life

Jim Ries, Director of Business Development at Offit Kurman, interviews Jennifer Gauthier, who introduces her nonprofit organization, Lead4Life, Inc., which has been serving Maryland since 2008. She shares her personal journey of being a teen mom and founding the organization. Jennifer highlights the organization’s key achievements, such as hiring individuals with lived experiences and launching initiatives to support returning citizens from prison or jail through training and skill development. She emphasizes the need for support services, like covering MVA fees and offering transportation solutions, to help these individuals overcome barriers to employment.

Jennifer also outlines plans for the upcoming grant season, which include expanding the returning citizens program and a gun diversion program for youth, primarily in the lower shore and Prince George’s County. She tells her story of overcoming personal challenges and reaffirmed the mission of Lead4Life, Inc. to provide equal opportunities for others. To learn more about Jennifer Gauthier and Lead4Life, Inc., visit

Jennifer Gauthier, CEO/Executive Director at Lead4Life


Jim Ries – Offit Kurman