Women on the Rise: A Leadership Journey

Guest: Reta Jo Lewis

Season: 9   Episode: 6

“It’s not just about the the betterment of you and your family. It’s about the betterment of the community.”

That is one of the core values that helped guide Reta Jo Lewis through an eventful leadership journey, culminating in her current role as president and chair of the board of the Export Import Bank of the United States — the first African American to accomplish this. She is a passionate advocate for women in entrepreneurship and has a long history of working in politics and law.


In this episode, she shares more about her amazing leadership path (including time with Nelson Mandela), and how that can help you in your own career journey.


Here’s what Reta Jo and host Maureen Metcalf cover:

  1. The importance of feeling you’re working for something bigger than just yourself;
  2. Having confidence that the skills and knowledge you have now prepared you for your next career opportunity; and
  3. Why forging a network and relationships with peers, mentors, and role models is so important to developing as a leader.


Other episodes you’ll enjoy:

– ShEquity: A Refugee’s Path to Empowering Women & Their Businesses – with Pauline Koelbl

– Empowering Women for the Prosperity of Nations – with Amanda Ellise & Augusto Lopez-Claros

– Winning in the Face of Adversity: Overcoming Challenge with Grace – with Joyce Beatty & Doug McCollough


Reta Jo Lewis

Listen On:




Innovative Leadership, Leading with Care, Women in Leadership


Nelson Mandela, Community Development