New York, New York
Joined the Board in 2012
Wendy Lewis is the senior vice president of Diversity and Strategic Alliances for Major League Baseball (MLB), 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 of MLB’s current workforce and supplier diversity efforts and 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, spending well over $500 million dollars with 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 management 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; the Schaffner Award for preeminence in her field, an Outstanding Service Award from Northwestern University; the 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 Award presented by Rainbow/PUSH. She has been honored by the Network Journal as one of the 25 Influential Black Women in Business and listed by Sports Illustrated magazine 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 an MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.