Adrienne Diercks

Founder and Executive Director

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Adrienne Diercks is the Founder and Executive Director of Project Success, a youth-development organization that motivates and inspires young people to dream about the future, helps them take steps to get there and gives them the tools they need to achieve their goals.

Her passion to help young people achieve their dreams led her to begin Project Success in 1994 with 200 students at Minneapolis North High School and the support of the Guthrie Theater. Today, she has grown the program to serve more than 16,000 students and their families across 26 middle and high schools in Minneapolis, with more than 40 theater partners across the Twin Cities.

Adrienne was named a 2008 Minneapolis Saint Paul Business Journal “Woman to Watch”, and has been honored with the Minneapolis Award for her outstanding accomplishments and contributions to the City of Minneapolis. Adrienne was honored with Ann Bancroft Foundation’s “Dream Maker” Award for Achievement and Leadership and as a Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts River Valleys in 2017. In 2019, Adrienne received the WEM Foundation’s Outstanding Educator Award for Excellence in Education, honoring her many years of leadership and dedication to inspire a spirit of learning in students.

In addition to her role at Project Success, Adrienne is an active member of the Minnesota Women’s Economic Roundtable (MWER), serving on the board since 2015 and as President for three years from 2018-2020. She is a graduate of the James P. Shannon Leadership Institute and former member of the Women Presidents Organization (WPO).

Prior to her work with Project Success, Adrienne founded Possibilities, Inc., a non-profit whose mission was to inspire kids to dream about their lives. In that role, she traveled throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin conducting inspirational workshops. Adrienne has a B.A. in English from Whittier College and is a proud graduate of Minneapolis Public Schools.