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Bold & Powerful: Meet BET Networks’ Senior Vice President, Kim Lewis

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Looking back at your career and how far you’ve come, which are some of your fondest moments and lessons that you’ve learned?

Kim Lewis: The biggest takeaway has been being a chameleon, and I never really noticed how important it was to be a chameleon and by that I mean understanding how to read a room people, knowing how to navigate things, and how to communicate with others.

As for what I’ve learned, I would have to say be aware and listen. When I was coming up, I was so young that everything I did was at a fast pace and sometimes moving quickly isn’t always the best thing. So just remember to take your time and really decide what you want to do with your career.

Now more than ever, young adults are looking for opportunities, and most importantly, mentorship. What advice do you have for young, aspiring adults looking to get their foot in the door?

Kim Lewis: They have to have a focus, be committed and be disciplined. Really have a plan and know what really you want to do because at times when I talk to some people, they’re not too sure on exactly they want to do so definitely do more research and see what your true calling is.

If that means, reading a book, going to organizations, asking questions, doing research. Hold yourself accountable and believe in what you want.

You’re a firm believer of balancing work and personal life together. Can you elaborate on how you manage your work-life?

Kim Lewis: Yes, that’s a big thing. It’s something that I became aware of once I had a child, balancing my career/work and my family/personal life. Once I had my daughter, I came up with “Work, Life, Understanding” so essentially, it’s a work life agreement. Work understands life, life understands work, and I always make sure that I integrate both whenever there is an opportunity to do so.

Last but not least, what are some methods that you’ve found to be most effective in allowing you to be the best version of yourself?

Kim Lewis: It starts with faith, having a believe system as well as living a healthy lifestyle. This is the foundation that I am able to build on to always strive for greatness in myself.



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