Delores Druilhet Morton bio


Delores Druilhet Morton bio
Los Angeles

Delores Morton is the chief executive officer of Step Up, the nonprofit that supports high school girls in becoming confident, career-focused, and ready to join the next generation of women leaders through free mentorship programs.

Delores is an accomplished nonprofit executive with 20 years of experience designing and leading creative enterprises that make a lasting difference. In just her first year as Step Up's CEO, Delores masterfully navigated the nonprofit through pandemic challenges to adopt a new 5-year strategic vision and expand Step Up's free mentorship programs to girls nationwide. She also unveiled new programs and supports for young women ages 18-23, marking the first time the organization officially offered services for those who had already graduated from high school.

Prior to joining Step Up in 2019, she served as vice president for the West region of City Year. In that role, Delores was responsible for a $30 million annual budget, a staff of 177 nonprofit professionals, and nearly 700 AmeriCorps members.

Before City Year, Delores was the chief program officer for Points of Light, where she designed and delivered programs that mobilized thousands of volunteers to meet education, economic opportunity, emergency response and preparedness needs in communities. She helped Fortune 500 companies drive their philanthropic platforms, including L'Oreal's Women of Worth and Walt Disney Company's Give A Day Get a Disney Day, and was honored by President Barack Obama as a 2012 Champion of Change.

A Louisiana native, Delores now resides in the Los Angeles area and is based in Step Up's national office in downtown Los Angeles. She holds an undergraduate degree in English literature and a graduate degree in human resource management.

Get to Know Delores
What has your mentor taught you?
During my teenage years, Nellie encouraged me to participate in competitive monologues. It is this investment in me as a coach, mentor, and advisor that helps me to stand confidently in the front of a room to speak.

Which Step Up value resonates with you the most?
Stepping Up. I believe that everyone has a gift that they are able to share with the world. In the words of Dr. King, "everybody can be great because everybody can serve."

What do you enjoy most about working at Step Up?
The diversity of mentors inspires me because they demonstrate that anyone with an interest in girls' well-being can take on the role of mentor.

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