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The Epitome of Education
One alum’s continued emphasis on the importance of learning
Cathy Lewis believes that education is an incredibly important investment, whether at the personal, professional, or community level. She firmly believes education has the power to make the world a better place.
With undergraduate degrees in Literature and Psychology, a Bachelor of Education, and an MBA, Cathy is the epitome of education.
In 2001, Cathy co-founded iSisters Technology Mentoring Inc., a charitable organization that provides underprivileged women with the opportunity to receive learn about technology, opening the door to job opportunities and financial independence. The organization has had phenomenal success, receiving national awards and recognitions from the community. In 2018, 3000 women will have graduated through their technology partner learning centres across Ottawa.
From 1998 to 2007, Cathy was a groundbreaking education technology consultant working with organizations like Microsoft, Public Works GSC and NASA. Finding herself in male-dominated meetings and dealing with increasingly technical projects, Cathy felt a growing need to better understand more aspects of business and further establishing her credentials. In addition, Cathy felt she deserved an investment in herself and her future. In 2005, she enrolled in the Telfer Executive MBA.
The academic challenge was unparalleled. An avid learner, Cathy loved knowing nothing about a subject – such as Supply Chain Management – and then having a thorough understanding of it only a couple of months later. Much of what she experienced in the program was brand new and the knowledge left her with feelings of confidence and invincibility as well as new life-ling best friends. Cathy has been a proud and active alumni representation for her class since graduation.
After graduation, Cathy worked as the Business Excellence lead with Abbott (health care and manufacturing). In this role, Cathy led Lean Six Sigma, Shingo, Global Environmental, Health and Safety as well as ambitious apprenticeship programs which resulted in 382 graduates. She also created customized learning plans with 28 colleagues where they earned their high school diploma . After that, Cathy was the Director, Program Management Office (PMO) and Employee Communications with the Royal Canadian Mint. Cathy’s academic and professional experiences have culminated to consulting where she specializes in education and strategy as well as active volunteering with organizations such as iSisters and Habitat for Humanity.
Her greatest achievement? Hiring a graduate of the iSisters program to become a Program Manager, working onsite in the community, teaching new Canadian women about the power of technology and education.
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