Paulette Norvel Lewis
Regional Administrator, Women’s Bureau
U. S. Department of Labor
Paulette Lewis became Regional Administrator of the U. S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Women’s Bureau in 2006. As Regional Administrator, she is responsible for advancing the Bureau’s mission and implementing its programs to promote policies and standards that safeguard the interests of working women, advocate for their equality and economic security and promote quality work environments. Prior to coming to the Women’s Bureau, Ms. Lewis was Chief of Discretionary Programs for DOL’s Employment and Training Administration and had regional oversight responsibility for grants totaling nearly half a billion dollars. Prior to that, she served as Regional Advocate for the U. S. Small Business Administration. She owned her own consulting firm from 1986-93 and provided career development counseling, consulting and training services for corporations and non-profit organizations including Procter and Gamble, Premier Pizza, KPMG, Graphic Communications, The National Board of the YWCA, and The King Center.
In Atlanta in 1972, Ms. Lewis co-founded The Women’s Employment Division of the Recruitment and Training Program, Inc., a national executive placement organization with offices in ten cities. She served as its Chief Operating Officer from 1972-1977 and as the National Director from 1977-1981 when she left to become Chief of Employee Development for the City of Atlanta. In 1983 she was hired as Regional Marketing Manager for Calecerinos and Spina, a top 25 civil engineering firm.
Ms. Lewis graduated “cum laude” from Edgewood College of the Sacred Heart in Madison, Wisconsin with a B. A. in Education. She has done graduate work in Business Management at Central Michigan University.
Ms. Lewis is an alumna of Leadership Atlanta and the Diversity Leadership Academy of Atlanta; was a Founding Board member of the International Community School, an award-winning International Baccalaureate charter school in Clarkston, GA for local, immigrant and refugee children (especially victims war); co-founder of SOAR, (mentoring for college women); and serves on St. Joseph Hospital’s Community Leadership Council. She has been recognized locally and nationally for her work to improve the employment status of women and girls and is co-author or Moving Up: Placing Minority Women in Management Positions. In 2009, she was named one of “Atlanta’s Top 100 Black Women of Influence” by the Atlanta Business League.
Ms. Lewis lives in southwest Atlanta with her husband, Marion Lewis, CEO of Strategic Edge Training Solutions.