Mentoring Mission


Corporate Development Institute is 501c3 non-profit corporation that provides quality mentoring services to the community. Our program offers mentoring to young High School and College students. 

Why Mentor?


Mentoring, at its core, guarantees young people that there is someone who cares about them, assures them they are not alone in dealing with day-to-day challenges, and makes them feel like they matter. Research confirms that quality mentoring relationships have powerful positive effects on young people in a variety of personal, academic, and professional situations. Ultimately, mentoring connects a young person to personal growth and development, and social and economic opportunity. Yet one in three young people will grow up without this critical asset.

Young Adults Who Were At-Risk for Falling Off Track But Had a Mentor

55% more likely to enroll in college

78% more likely to volunteer regularly

90% are interested in becoming a mentor

130% more likely to hold leadership positions.

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Our Leadership Team

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Attorney Urenia Ricks-Johnson, J.D

Born and raised on the Eastside of Detroit, MI.  Attorney Ricks-Johnson started her journey to become an Attorney in the 6th grade. Having no Attorneys in her family or close friends, Urenia  gained knowledge of the law by reading, and establishing connections through internships and guidance from mentors.

Urenia is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University and Thomas Cooley Law School. Upon graduation from law school, Urenia became a Professor at Thomas Cooley Law School.  Having a passion as an entrepreneur, Urenia opened Ricks & Associates, PLLC in May of 2007.

With no clear blueprint growing up regarding the legal field or Corporate America, Urenia has made it her goal to help young people navigate through the legal field with professionalism and integrity.

In 2016, she co-founded Corporate Development Institute a non-profit organization designed to mentor, and train youth on the fundamentals of life, balance, and Corporate America.  CDI also partners with various organizations to provide community legal services in the areas of Estate Planning, Expungements & Bankruptcy.

Urenia speaks at various conferences, and seminars with the hopes of inspiring others to reach their fullest potential. 

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Lisa Harrell


Pastor Lisa Harrell is fueled by a passion and desire to see God glorified. She has been dedicated to the advancement of the Kingdom for over 25 years, touching lives across the world through her preaching, teaching, and music ministries.

Lisa Harrell is a wife, mother, pastor, teacher, and worshipper. Affectionately known as Team Harrell, Lisa and her husband Elijah Harrell III have been happily married for 14 years. They have an untiring drive to be ministry leaders that love, grow,
and serve in all aspects of their lives. They are members of Revival Tabernacle church in Highland Park (Detroit), MI where Lisa serves as the Worship & Services Pastor and Elijah as the Executive Pastor. In addition to this, Team Harrell provides powerful mentorship to many young adults and couples through fellowship, in relationship, and by example.

Inspired from Pastor Lisa’s heart to see people awakened to the truth of who they are in Christ, LAH Ministries was established in 2008. Since its inception, LAH Ministries has engaged the community through preaching, mentoring, professional coaching, worship training, pastoral leadership development, business operational consulting, and multimodal outreach events. LAH has continued to be relevant throughout the pandemic with the launch and growth of a powerful online ministry that includes weekly bible studies and interactive community prayer. Pastor Lisa strives to empower all she reaches with the desire to love Jesus more and to serve Him better. Her ultimate goal is to see Jesus glorified in her life, her family, her relationships, her ministry and this world

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Offering education and training classes




Our goal is to provide educational services to individuals to empower them to have a greater understanding and application of the law in their everyday life.

During the seminars, we will educate, instruct and provide practical principles needed.

The importance of Estate Planning-Estate planning can be a complex and hard issue to discuss.

Our seminars help to educate, dispel myths and give key principles needed for participants to make an informed decision concerning a plan that will suit them.

The Expungement Process-Educational and legal services to assist individuals with clearing their criminal records. This seminar will discuss reform, fresh start information, and walk participants from beginning to end on the legal process of clearing a criminal conviction.

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