Q&A: Anita Lewis, MA, Dir. Government and External Affairs at AmeriHealth Caritas (PA) / Keystone First.
1. Major in College and Where You Went: Temple University – School of Journalism
2. First Job and Current Role and Company: Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly (Non-profit) – AmeriHealth Caritas – Dir. Government and External Affairs (PA)
3. Scariest career change or job change: Leaving a full-time job and uprooting my life to physically move to another state and attend graduate school. Yikes!
4. Favorite Quote: Trust God!
5. Favorite de-stressor activity: Walking, reading, or going to the movies
6. What motivates you? Knowing that what I do makes an impact in the communities I care about
7. What is the value for other women to get involved in the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce? Women who are entrepreneurs or own businesses in Delaware County would benefit from the membership which would provide resources, comradery, and support from the other Chamber members, as well as the skilled and dynamic staff.
8. What challenges do see that women are facing today in the workforce and what advice would you give women looking to advance in their career? Daycare and wage inequity are the biggest challenges women face today. Most women want to work, get an education and provide for their families. Fair wages would make a huge impact on the quality of life for working women.
9. In honor of March being International Women’s Month, can you identify a woman in history that inspired you and explain why? There are many women warriors in history who inspire me – including my great-grandmother. However, growing up I was a voracious reader, and the books of Toni Morrison created a connection and fearlessness in my young heart. I could see myself and people I knew in many of the characters in her books.
10. If there is one thing you would like to see accomplished in the next for women in the workplace, what would that be? I believe it would be extremely impactful and financially beneficial to major corporations if they were to increase the number of women and diversity on their boards.