I was honored to be part of the initial class of difference makers for my role in mentoring. While I am not an official mentor any longer, I have taken what I learned from those experiences and have applied it to my work as a leader in my company and to my family life as well.
To Mark Hebert, being a Difference Maker means “making an emotional investment in something that impacts society,” using one’s talents “to help those in need,” and demonstrating the “passion and commitment” necessary “to improve the condition of something in the community.” Mark’s own passion and commitment can be seen from his long list of accomplishments.
As an undergraduate student at UM-Dearborn, Mark maintained a 3.62 GPA in Industrial Engineering, earning several merit scholarships while also serving as Chapter President of both Alpha Pi Mu (an Industrial Engineering Honor Society) and the Institute of Industrial Engineers. He was also involved with the Men’s Lacrosse Team as a vice president, a captain, and a member. Mark would later translate this passion for sports into head coaching positions for Salem JV Lacrosse, and Canton Middle School Lacrosse. These days, however, Mark’s commitment to improving the lives of young people extends well beyond the athletic field. In fact, he was named “Mentor of the Year” for his work with ChildHelp, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of foster children. Mark is working towards an M.B.A. at UM-Dearborn, but has nonetheless also found time to volunteer for Children’s Hospital of Detroit, Habitat for Humanity, and Good Fellows of Dearborn Heights.