Meredith Lewis Annalect

Close-Up: Meredith Lewis, Senior Manager of Client Solutions

Inspired by Black History Month — this spotlight series celebrates the diversity which drives our success, fosters strong values, and uplifts every individual to become the collective heart of Annalect culture. Join us in recognizing the talent, inspiration, and valuable insights contributing to our vibrant and inclusive community.

What is your current role at Annalect?

As a Senior Manager of Client Solutions, I aid in the deployment of Planit. It’s part of an end-to-end marketing operating system we created, called Omni. Our partner agencies use Planit for global media planning, on behalf of their clients.

What do you like to do when you’re not at work?

I live in Florida, and love taking advantage of all my community has to offer … sunrises at the beach, hidden-gem restaurants, or weightlifting at my local gym. I think an active lifestyle is important for maintaining mental health.

What is your proudest professional achievement?

Making it to where I am today, because I’ve earned and deserve it. My life experiences, from studying abroad in a Spanish-speaking country, to having been the only Black person in some work settings, to completing my Master’s Degree — have culminated in who I am. Now, I stand firmly-planted on the ground and make sure my voice is heard.

Finding my home at Annalect — a diverse organization that celebrates our differences, and provides safe-space for everyone — has been a proud achievement.

In celebrating Black history and culture, who or what is your biggest inspiration.

The resilience, creativity, and character of Black women is the reason that I keep going … all the gorgeous women who paved the way, giving me the confidence to take my place in rooms that they had to force their way into. Despite obstacles Black women face on a daily basis, no matter our walk of life, we rise from ashes like the Phoenix. We’re not superheroes, but we do play life’s game-of-Spades like professionals.

Required listening: Black Woman by Danielle Brooks.

What message do you have for black men and women earlier in their career looking to grow into positions of leadership in their schools, workplaces and communities?

You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. You never know what will come out of a situation until you take the first step. Yes, you may stumble or maybe even fall along the way, but you have to get up. Dust yourself off, cry if you have to, vent to your friends or family — but keep going. It’s all about the journey, not the destination.