Linda Lewis talks lessons of Black leadership
Daniella Masterson OW Contributor | 5/2/2019, midnight
How relevant is the chamber today in terms of attracting younger women?
Lewis—“Younger women today are our future. They are eager to learn and participate. They are looking for leadership, just as we are looking for them to be leaders. In order to attract younger women, there must be something they can do, and we must allow them to do it. Organizations areconstantly saying they want to attract younger women, but when they get them, they won’t allow them to use their skills and knowledge.”
What do you have coming up?
Lewis—“Hollywood Chamber has a business mixer every third Thursday of each month. We have an award dinner coming up after summer. The corporate office of the chamber has an annual Celebrity Golf Tournament at Morongo Casino in June.”
What have you accomplished that you are most proud of?
Lewis—“I stepped into the president’s position for Marva Smith Battle-Bey, the organizing founder of Black Women’s Network, upon on her transition. I was president of Black Women’s Network for
two terms. This was a very proud moment for me following the footsteps of a renowned leader. Another accomplishment I’m proud of is recently returning to school and getting my master’s degree.”
Give a famous quote that best describes you or your philosophy on female leadership?
Lewis—“You don’t make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas.” (Shirley Chisholm).