Stanford Wilkinson


Faith as the foundation, strength as the strategy, breeds Detroit’s very own Stanford J. Wilkinson. Known for his philanthropic efforts to help youth journey their unique “passion pursuit,” Stanford found his passion in helping people. As a highly sought after speaker, Stanford uses his platform to share his story of triumph and defeat in an effort to expose the benefits of living a purpose driven life. He believes that anything is possible when you be the best you can be. He learned firsthand that half stepping won’t get the job done, a lesson he learned from his late grandfather, Jarrett Carter. 


Stanford credits his grandfather as his saving grace and desires to impart youth in the DEFY Mentoring Program with the same mentorship and guidance he received. DEFY mentoring program was birthed in 2019, after Stanford realized that one adult dedicated to helping a child succeed could make all the difference. His vision for DEFY is to extend their reach abroad and to have a local community center in Detroit. 


In the coming year, Stanford will further his education in economics and psychology. He also studied while at Adrian College where he obtained the knowledge he would need to one day start his own business – Jarrett Global, LLC. Specializing in property acquisition and renovation, Stanford enjoys spending his time growing his investment and development company. 


Stanford is ambitious and determined to lift others as he climbs his way to success. It’s no surprise that his quality over quantity mindset and outgoing personality has helped so many live in what was once untapped potential.