Khadeejah Lasuc- Lewis
Vice President of Talent & Training
BAs the Vice President of People and Training, Khadeejah Lasuc-Lewis ensures that the Chicago Scholar’s staff, mentors, counselors, and volunteers receive the same high-level training, support and coaching that they provide to Scholars. If you want to know more about how the Dream Team is prepared and supported in the amazing work they do Khadeejah is the team member to turn too. Khadeejah’s superpower is helping others discover and hone their superpowers. “I increase the impact of the work by increasing the impact of the people” is her personal mission.
With over 20 years, navigating the social impact landscape Khadeejah has navigated her way from direct services to leadership. Through her work directing programs and partnerships across universities, school districts, nonprofits, and businesses, she has observed and noted the trends that lead to employee disengagement and burnout as well as the common traits and tools used by those who persist and succeed. Khadeejah’s experience has equipped her with an arsenal of leadership strategies and tools proven to work, while her background as an educator gives her a unique ability to lead a wide variety of learners to an understanding of how to utilize these tools for themselves.
Khadeejah has worked as a senior manager at Northeastern Illinois University’s Center for College Access and Success where she has lead postsecondary attainment programs as well as managed partnerships. As a life-long learner, Khadeejah holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Clark Atlanta University, Masters of Arts in Education from Prescott College, an online teaching certification and has been specially trained to help Dreamers (undocumented students) find their path to college. She is happiest when teaching and developing others and has served as an adjunct professor at Columbia College and the City Colleges of Chicago.
Khadeejah is a proud product of the Chicago Public Schools and considers herself a fighter for social justice, an amateur ethnographer, a lover of arts, and a lifelong learner. The world knows her as a champion for education, avid traveler & foodie, dedicated mentor, a content beach bum, proud two-time cancer survivor, wife and mother.