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Angela Lewis & Frana Gucciardi

Angela Lewis

Basketball | United States

Angela Lewis exudes love for young people and has committed her professional career to providing access to life-changing opportunities for youth.

Lewis serves as the Development Director for Urban Sprouts Child Development Center, which focuses on ensuring quality early childhood education for children regardless of their family’s socio economic status. She develops and oversees the annual fundraising program and maintains ongoing communications with private and corporate donors to build support for the organization.

Lewis was the Founding Director of Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship’s (NFTE) St. Louis Region. NFTE is a global non-profit which inspires students from underserved communities to start businesses and have the entrepreneurial mindset.

Lewis leads successful partnerships with major corporations ( ex. Express Scripts, MasterCard, Citi, Ernst and Young) non-profit organizations, financial institutions, and other community based organizations to deliver programs to over 1000 local students in school districts such as Ferguson Florissant, St. Louis Public, Ritenour, Normandy etc.

While working with University City School and Rockwood School Districts she cultivated strategic relationships with internal and external stakeholders to build stronger community ties and expose students to extracurricular opportunities. She coordinates career fairs, college tours and advocated for students.

A St. Louis native, Lewis played professional basketball in Germany after a successful collegiate career at St. Louis University. Prior to working with youth, she coached basketball at the collegiate and professional level.

A recognized leader, Lewis has been featured in the St. Louis Business Journal and honored by Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis as a Distinguished Young Professional in Education and Youth Empowerment. She is also a regular speaker at the National Youth Summit on Education, Justice and the US Economy. Angela was selected to participate in the Women Athlete Business Network mentoring program sponsored by the International Women’s Forum and Ernst and Young.

Fun Facts:
Angela loves to:

Write – to date she has published three books, The Game Changing Assist: Six Simple Ways to Choose Success, The Game Changing Assist Workbook and Post Moves: The Female Athlete’s Guide to Dominate Life After College.

Visit National Parks – Most recently she visited Smoky Mountain National Park in Gatlinburg TN and has a plan to visit all of them 🙂

Spend time with Family – Her favorite activity is having dance parties with her nieces and nephews

Frana Gucciardi

CEO | McCall MacBain Foundation

MENTOR | IWF Canada

Franca is the CEO of the McCall MacBain Foundation, which is committed to improving the welfare of humanity through focused grants in education, health and the environment. Prior to this, she served as CEO of the Loran Scholars Foundation for 13 years. The organization, which chose Franca as its first-ever Loran Scholar in 1990, is a charity that identifies exceptional young Canadians who demonstrate character, service and leadership and funds them to study at Canadian universities. To date, Loran has awarded over $28M to more than 2,500 students. During her time as CEO, Franca raised a cumulative $50M+ and stewarded the foundation to provide the most comprehensive leadership-development program for undergraduate students in the country, by launching or revitalizing the mentorship program, annual peer-led retreat, summer internship program, orientation expedition and alumni relations strategy.

Having grown up in Sicily, Franca immigrated with her family to Toronto in the 1980s and subsequently graduated from the University of Waterloo with a BA in Political Science and French. She spent a year as a legislative intern at the Ontario Legislative Assembly and worked as an assistant producer on TV Ontario’s Fourth Reading during the 1995 provincial election. After obtaining a MA from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Franca learned the fundraising ropes at Brampton Caledon Community Living, a non-profit organization that helps people with developmental disabilities lead enriched and meaningful lives. She then joined Canada’s Millennium Excellence Awards as Founding Director, designing and implementing the $325M/year program from its inception, before returning to Loran as CEO in 2004. Franca is recognized as a global expert on merit scholarships and is the author of Recognizing Excellence? Merit Scholarships in Canada, the first report of its kind assessing undergraduate scholarships in the country.

An advocate for the value of community service, especially by young people, Franca has served as a selection committee member for the Public Policy Forum’s Emerging Leader Awards and as board director for Volunteer Canada and College Montrose Children’s Place. She currently sits on advisory councils at Western University, the University of Guelph and McGill University.

Franca was named a Fellow of the International Women’s Forum in 2013 and completed the Leadership Foundation Fellows Program at INSEAD and HBS. That year, Diversity Journal featured her as one of its Women Worth Watching. Franca holds a C.Dir, Governance from The Directors College, where she received the Gil Bennett Gold Standard Governance Award for outstanding achievement (2014). In 2016, she returned to HBS as one of two HBS Club of Toronto scholarship recipients for the Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management program. Other recognitions include the CATAAlliance Sara Kirke Award for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (2015) and the University of Waterloo Arts Alumni Achievement Award (2017).

In collaboration with Alan Broadbent, Franca co-authored You’re It! Shared Wisdom for Successfully Leading Organizations from Both a Seasoned and a First-Time CEO, released in May 2017.

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