Zaniya Lewis

Zaniya Lewis

Overcoming Bias in School & Beyond | 2018 Session

We all have blind spots or biases about people from other cultures, religions, and genders. These hidden biases influence the friends we choose, the organizations we join—and can influence our careers. Recognizing and braving our own blind-spots is challenging enough, but how do we ensure others are assessing us in a fair and accurate way? Whether negative or positive, these stereotypes influence others’ behavior towards us.  Join this panel of leaders to learn how they overcame broad generalizations about who they were to accomplish their lofty goals.

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Be Inspired by This Young Trailblazer—and Her Mantras

Zaniya LewisIf only we could bottle Zaniya Lewis’s passion and courage.

The George Washington University student hasn’t just overcome the adversity in her own life. She has leveraged her success and the contacts she has made to light the way for other young women striving to realize their full potential.

Lewis’s story starts, in part, on a basketball court in South New Jersey. Though many of her high school teammates were new to the sport, Lewis, who had played the game for years, inspired and led the team to its first tournament championship. She wrote about her experience for a competition co-sponsored by the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA), winning her one of three coveted spots in a “Basketball Without Borders” community service trip to South Africa. Read More


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