Over the last 8 years, Patricia L. Lewis has made her mark as a leader at Lockheed Martin as the SVP of Human Resources. In fact, she has been recognized by BLACK ENTERPRISE as one of the ‘Most Powerful Women in Corporate America.’ Earlier this week, it was reported that she has recently transitioned from the company and will be joining UnitedHealth Group Inc.’s C-suite as the executive vice president/chief human resources officer.
Lewis is regarded as one of the top human resources professionals in her industry with over two decades of experience. Before joining Lockheed Martin, she served as the vice president of Human Resources at IBM for 10 years.
At a time where black women in the workplace are still finding their footing on the corporate ladder, news like this is refreshing.
In a recent feature in Politico’s Women Rule newsletter, Lewis gave this advice to women in the Wisdom of the Week section. “Bold leaders consistently demonstrate courage. Being courageous means taking risks even if you are faced with an uncertain outcome. As a leader, this means being comfortable having the ‘tough conversations’ instead of avoiding them.
Congrats are in order to Lewis for her continued success.
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