Along with his twin brother, Dr. Ron Lewis is an experienced trainer and speaker who has passionately presented to thousands of students and professionals about taking personal ownership and accepting personal leadership. He graduated from Barry University with both his bachelor’s and master’s degree and is currently working on his Ph.D. at Indiana Tech. After four years in the non-profit industry, Mr. Lewis transitioned to higher education, where he’s had an opportunity to teach, lead and manage at several colleges and universities locally in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He continues to teach and has taught several undergraduate and graduate collegiate courses, including Introduction to Business, Managing Human Resources, Professional Development, Leading Change Management, Organizational Development, and Culture and Public Speaking.


He is a dynamic educator with experience speaking to students and professionals on the topic of G.R.I.T. (Guts, Resilience, Intensity, and Tenacity). He uses relatable principles accompanied by compassionate stories from his own experiences along with research through his doctoral education. Ron has delivered presentations about leadership, academic success, and diversity. Ron has dedicated his professional career and personal life to inspiring, training, coaching and educating others.

Dr. Rodney Lewis is an educational leader, speaker, and author. Rodney has inspired countless students and young adults across the Midwest. He is energetic about personal leadership and learning outcomes. Dr. Lewis is convinced EVERY child has the opportunity to attain their “greatness” if they are directed toward the right path.  He has confidence in each student and every day advocates that all students maximize their intellectual potential. 


Lewis holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Maryville University, a Master’s in Educational Administration and Teaching from Lindenwood University and Bachelor's Degree in Broadcast Communication from Barry University. Dr. Lewis began his college career earning an Associates Degree from Meramec Community College in St. Louis, MO.


As a leader, Rodney has positively contributed to the lives of thousands of elementary students in the Parkway, Valley Park, Ferguson-Florissant, and Rockwood School District. As the principal of Ballwin Elementary, the school was awarded the School of Character and Missouri State School of Character in 2018. Currently, Dr. Lewis serves as the assistant superintendent for human resources for the St. Charles School District (St. Charles, MO).


“I highly recommend Ron and Rodney Lewis without reservation. As educators, they exemplify the passion and drive required to achieve student success. Their story of becoming scholar athletes and ultimately first-generation college graduates is inspiring and motivational for today's youth.” 


- Chris, R.

TRIO Director

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"The homeless person, teacher, preacher, mother, father, everyone has the capability to lead their families, communities, and friends to a better place. All of us have the power and the ability to make history in our own way. Nevertheless, you can bless the world with your gifts and ultimately help someone else become successful. It is our humanly job to help and serve our fellow brothers and sisters. It is not just about you, it is about assisting others."
                                           -Excerpt from GRITTY