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Welcome to  Winner's Circle

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Our Mission

Winner’s Circle is not only a program that exists inside the justice system, but is an ecosystem for returning workers that provides hiring opportunities, coaching and mentorship, and a peer network throughout the life of their career.

We have brought together a three-step process where we consider the needs of both the inmate and the future employer, providing a measurable pathway to success.

We have assembled experts to develop the whole person, tailored specifically for inmates. Additionally, we have partnered with various industries to provide skill training, guiding individuals towards interview preparedness and becoming skilled workers.


Whole Person


Whole Education


Whole Opportunity

Meet Our Founders


Hazel Ortega


Director at Ortega Counseling Center and High Tide Global. 2023 Global Social Impact Award Recipient, Educational Psychologist & Bilingual Speaker


Shelley Winner

Winner's Circle Co-Founder

International Keynote Speaker, Restorative Justice, Diversity & Inclusion Speaker, Tedx Speaker, and Surface Specialist

We view the time of incarceration as the incubation period, with the interview or hiring process marking the true starting point of a flourishing career and genuine reintegration.

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