Dr. William T. Lewis, Sr. is a nationally recognized diversity and inclusion thought leader, the host of the Beyond Color Blind podcast, and facilitator of Brave Conversations MasterClass. As a former chief diversity officer, Lewis has led diversity and inclusion efforts at Indiana University, Bridgewater State University, and Virginia Tech University. Lewis formerly served as the special consultant for belonging, equity, and inclusion, advising the president at Forsyth Technical Community College and was in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves. He earned his Ph.D. in higher education administration from Indiana University and holds a master’s degree in social work.
Today Lewis serves the community of Winston Salem, North Carolina, as an advisory board member of the Wake Forest Center for Private Business and the Black Philanthropy Initiative, an initiative of the Winston Salem Foundation. He also is the co-founder of CoopLew and founder of WillHouse Global. Lewis has dedicated his entire professional life to living the spirit of his social work background by “providing a voice for the voiceless and creating inclusive spaces for each person to reach their full potential.”