Angela R. Lewis is the founding Director of Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship’s (NFTE) St. Louis Region. NFTE is a global nonprofit which inspires students from underserved communities to start businesses and cultivate an entrepreneurial mindset. She is a former professional basketball player, championship winning coach and author who is passionate about helping female athletes grow as leaders. Basketball became Angela’s first love, giving her the confidence and work ethic to excel in life. After years of training, Angela received a full athletic scholarship to play basketball at St. Louis University. In four years, she scored over 1,000 points, grabbed over 500 rebounds, and received multiple All Conference selections.
After playing in Germany, Angela coached at Webster University and Southeast Missouri State University and served as director of basketball operations at Marquette University. In her last coaching stint with the St. Louis Surge, she helped lead the team to a national championship. After working with numerous athletes over the years, she decided to help them develop beyond the game. She facilitated a leadership session at the Nike Elite 100 Camp, coached at Nike’s Pre-Draft Camp, and the National Youth Summit on Economics, Justice, and Education. Driven by her desire to empower youth globally, Angela published two books on personal responsibility and future planning to maximize success, the first being, The Game Changing Assist: Six Simple Ways to Choose Success and an accompanying workbook. Her most recent book, Post Moves: The Females Athletes Guide to Dominate Life After College, highlights fifteen women who are former college athletes who offer guidance on how to successfully transition to life after sport.
In addition, Angela is the host of the Athletes as Educators podcast where she interviews current and former athletes who are doing extraordinary work in the community. In addition to managing corporate partnerships, she leads a board of executives and provides business coaching to help students launch businesses. Angela has been recognized as a leader and most notably was awarded the Robin Roberts Sports Communication Award, honored by Black Girls Rock St. Louis, and received the Distinguished Young Professional in Education and Youth Empowerment from the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis. Angela is a St. Louis native who holds a B.A. and M.A. in Communication from Saint Louis University.