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Jackie Lewis

Chief People Officer

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Years at Suffolk:

4 year(s)

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Past Employer/Position:

C&S Wholesale, Senior Director of Talent

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Years in the Industry:

30 year(s)

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Community Involvement

Member of Chief, an organization designed for women in the C-Suite and senior executives to strengthen leadership, build community among woman leaders, and pave the way to bring others with them.

What is the most exciting thing about working in this business? What is your professional passion?

I absolutely love this business and being able to walk around our cities and see how we are not only shaping skylines, but we are also impacting communities. I feel so grateful to have the role I have today. Our focus is to empower our teams to achieve Suffolk’s mission, create a culture that attracts and inspires the most passionate talent in the industry, and build a more diverse, inclusive environment where everyone can grow, develop and achieve what they never imagined possible.

What do you love to do when you aren’t at work?

Outside of work, I spend as much time outdoors as possible. My husband and I are passionate about skiing, cycling, hiking and just enjoying the mountains of New Hampshire and Maine.

What is your favorite community cause or philanthropic organization to support and why?

I am currently participating in the NY Marathon with my sister in support of the Alzheimer’s Association. I recently lost my mom to dementia and want to do all I can to support this organization. The Alzheimer’s Association’s is focused on advancing research for treatment, prevention and, ultimately, a cure for Alzheimer's disease. This mission is personally important to me and I know I will remain connected to this organization long after the NY Marathon.

Who is/was your favorite person you ever worked with and why?

My favorite person I ever worked with was a partner at Coopers and Lybrand. He was one of the toughest people I have ever worked with — he challenged me every day, but he taught me a great deal about business, bias for action, a strong work ethic and a constant commitment to values. He remains a strong mentor to me today.

What is your favorite quote?

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat." - Teddy Roosevelt