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Meet the Game Changers 2011: Kelly Lewis

Magazine article Workforce Management

Meet the Game Changers 2011: Kelly Lewis

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Kelly Lewis

Founder and managing partner, Bounce Collective, Richmond, Virginia

LEADERSHIP IS A WAY OF LIFE, not just an adaptable skill. And from Kelly Lewis' point of view, the seeds of leadership are in every man, woman and child, and are just waiting to be nurtured by something like the Bounce Collective.

Lewis, 39, started the Bounce Collective, a human development organization for empowering leaders in 2008, after a 15-year corporate career. She also became certified as a leadership coach at Georgetown University, where she now serves on the faculty in the Leadership Coaching program.

"When I started doing leadership coaching, what I recognized was that the principles of leadership are life principles," Lewis says. "And I wondered why I didn't learn them in school."

Now Lewis works with schoolchildren, either in their own leadership learning groups or as part of what she calls "Leaders as Learners," which brings adult clients into a sixth-grade classroom once a week for six months for a new approach to learning.

Lewis says she based her method on the work of David Rock, who has collaborated with neuroscientists to develop "brain-based" leadership coaching. …

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