Pam Lewis, FRSA, FOUNDER OF PLA MEDIA
NASHVILLE, TN, USA, July 19, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Pamela Lewis, President/CEO of PLA Media, has received a grant from the UK-based Royal Society of Arts.
Since its inception in 1754, the prestigious society has honored 30,000 people for “outstanding achievement and social change and development”. In addition to his entrepreneurial spirit and business success, the RSA judges chose Lewis for his decades of charitable work, social activism and generous philanthropy.
Lewis’ recent RSA induction puts her in an elite group of leaders. FSA Fellows include Benjamin Franklin, Martin Luther King Jr., Judi Dench, David Attenborough, Prince Charles, Helen Keller, Stephen Hawking, Anne Frank and Marie Curie. As a scholar, she is permitted to include FRSA after her name.
“I am honored and pleasantly surprised to receive this title, especially in 2022 during Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee year, commemorating her 70 years of reign. I am so grateful to join this historic group of agents of change and, moreover, inspired to do more for the world,” enthused Lewis.
Lewis is currently involved in a global mental health and music initiative, The Road to Nashville with Liverpool, UK City Council and Nashville, Tennessee City Council through The Unity of Faiths Foundation (TUFF), a global non-profit organization. The project rescues hundreds of musicians suffering from mental health issues while fighting the stigma of mental illness. For decades, PLA has placed clients at leading outlets including Associated Press, Yahoo, national television stations such as KTLA, RFD-TV, The World News, Newswire, UK Herald and World Governments Watch.
About Pam Lewis
Originally from New York State, Pamela Lewis is an entrepreneur, curator, philanthropist and author. Lewis graduated from Wells College with a BA in Economics/Marketing and a minor in French and Communications. She spent a year in Paris to study at COUP (Centre for Undergraduate Programs Abroad) affiliated with Sorbonne University. In New York, she took additional courses at Fordham University, the New York School for Social Research, the Publicity Club of New York, and Scarritt Bennett. Lewis is also a graduate of the Institute of Public Service Local Government Leadership Program (Third Level) at the University of Tennessee, the Scarlett Leadership Institute Mini Executive MBA Program at Belmont University College of Business, Leadership Music, and the Middle Tennessee Leadership Program. 2020. .
Lewis was part of the original advertising/marketing team for WASEC (Warner Amex Satellite Entertainment Company), a joint venture of Warner Communications and American Express that launched MTV to the world, as well as MTV’s sister cable channels, Nickelodeon , The Movie Channel and the Arts & Entertainment (A&E) Network. Lewis transferred to Nashville from New York to accept the position of National Director of Media for RCA, helping to shape the careers of top country stars such as Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, The Judds and Alabama.
Career highlights include Lewis founding his own public relations firm, Pam Lewis and Associates (later to become PLA Media), as well as teaming up with Bob Doyle to launch the award-winning Doyle/Lewis Management company. The first client Lewis agreed to represent was an unknown crooner from Oklahoma named Garth Brooks, whom she worked with until 1994. Lewis also managed Trisha Yearwood’s early career, landing her a recording contract at MCA Records. Under Lewis’s guidance, Yearwood released her self-titled debut album in 1991, becoming the first country musician to sell a million records from her debut single “She’s In Love With The Boy”. The album was later certified double platinum, with Yearwood winning the Academy of Country Music award for Best Female Vocalist later that year. The two enjoyed a successful partnership that broke new ground in music, winning all of the following awards: Performance Magazine “Country Music Managers of the Year” two years in a row ’92 and ’93, Pollstar Award “Personal Manager of the Year ’92, Country Music Association’s “Artist Manager of the Year”, SRO Award ’01 (the first female executive to win this award), Nashville Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 listing in ’95 & ’96, Who’s Who in Executives , International Society of Poets Distinguished Member, Franklin Police Department ’15 Order of Excellence, and Tennessee Association of Museums Award Eventually, Doyle and Lewis parted ways, and Pam focused solely on PLA Media.
In 2003, Lewis made his first foray into the world of politics when he ran for alderman of Franklin, TN. She won a four-year term and was the only woman to serve on the council for two years. She also served as vice mayor and was elected to the Franklin Planning Commission and the Historic Zoning Commission. In 2016, she was voted best female entrepreneur by Your Williamson Magazine.
Lewis has served on or chaired several committees including: Tennessee State Museum, Tennessee First Lady Andrea Conte’s You Have The Power, BRIDGES Domestic Violence Center, Sister Cities of Franklin, Civil War Historic Commission, Friends of Franklin Parks, appointed by Mayor Franklin Housing Commission, Nashville Historic Commission, Historic Cemetery Commission, ARC Board, and Tennessee Preservation Trust.
She has been recognized for her business success/entrepreneurship, community outreach and preservation efforts by the Metro Nashville Historic Commission, The Heritage Foundation, African American Heritage Foundation, Tennessee State Museum and Tennessee Preservation Trust . In 2017, she produced a documentary on the memories and contributions of African Americans and had the honor of giving the commencement address at her alma mater Wells College in 2017. She is a 2020 graduate of Leadership Middle Tennessee.
Her other community outreach efforts include historic preservation and the causes of climate change in green spaces, women’s and children’s rights advocacy, scholarships, fair housing and environmental rights protection and animals. Since its inception, the Pam Lewis Foundation has donated over $1 million to numerous charities.
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