Wendy Lewis (2012)
New York, New York
Wendy Lewis is the Senior Vice President of Diversity and Strategic Alliances Major League Baseball, Office of the Commissioner. In this position, Ms. Lewis implements MLB’s Diversity Economic Impact Engagement Initiative, one of MLB’s newest initiatives to advance the level the level of MLB’s current workforce and supplier diversity efforts as well as create methodologies for cultural assessments, diversity economic platforms and industry-wide diversity training. In 2006, she led the team that developed MLB’s new talent pipeline, the Executive Development Program, a two year rotational career development program whose goal is to add to MLB’s high-potential talent pool as well as establish an agenda for succession planning. Ms. Lewis is the leading strategist for MLB’s Diverse Business Partners Program, the premier minority procurement program in Professional Sports. Since its formation, well over $500 million dollars have been spent with thousands of minority owned and women-owned businesses. Previously, she served as the Vice President of Strategic Planning for Recruitment and Diversity and Vice President of Human Resources and Office Operations for Major League Baseball. Additionally, as the corporate liaison in the area of Human Resources to all 30 Major League Clubs, she formulated an infrastructure for Human Resources Managements and established industry best practices. Ms. Lewis is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions including the Legend Award from Black Women in Sports Foundation; Schaffner Award for preeminence in her field and outstanding service from Northwestern University; Pioneer Award from the National Association of Black Journalists; MLB’s (Minorities in Business) annual award for outstanding effort in diversity within sports, and “The Effie Manley Sports Executive of the Year”, presented by Rainbow/PUSH. She has been honored by the Network Journal as one of the “25” Influential Black Women in Business and listed in Sports Illustrated, as one of the “Most Influential Minorities in Sports. Ms. Lewis received the Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin,Oshkosh and a Masters in Business Administration from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.