The best career management strategy is being open to and creating options for yourself so that no matter what happens in your career or job you have a well thought out “Plan B”. This is exactly what Leo Lewis did. Leo did not get lulled by his success as a professional football player. He always stayed curious about options which carved the path to the next stages in his career and to where he is today.
Leo E. Lewis III is currently Principal of Lewis Performance Partners, a human performance company focused on consulting and training for business and physically active individuals. Prior to his private business pursuits, he was an athletic director in Minneapolis Public Schools and Associate Athletic Director at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.
Lewis’ sports career includes as a student athlete at the University of Missouri where he was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame and All-Century Football Team. After completing 13 years of professional football – 11 with the Minnesota Vikings – Leo retired in 1991. He spent 24 total years with the Minnesota Vikings Football Club as a player, pro scout and Director of Player Development.
Lewis received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Missouri and his Master of Science degree from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. He earned his Ph.D. in Kinesiology from the University of Minnesota. To complement his career goals, Leo completed a Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Argosy University. Leo’s primary research and applied interests focus on the social and psychological dimensions of sport and human performance. He has presented several scholarly papers and appeared in various domains advocating for the lifestyles of physically active people. He also serves as a college instructor and mental health practitioner.
As an extension of his professional work, Leo established the Lewis Sports Foundation (LSF) in 1999. The Foundation is dedicated to providing resources to America’s youth in various communities for the development of life skills through education and physical activity. LSF is a funding and educational resource for individuals, programs, organizations, or services. Within its LifeSkills Through Sport program LSF provides academic, life skills, and sports skills instruction focused on improved life management, health, and wellness.