Carla Lewis is the Chief Technology Officer for C Spire, a Mississippi-based diversified telecommunications and technology services company.
With more than 25 years of technology and management experience, Lewis is responsible for all aspects of information technology operations, network operations and customer operations, including software development for sales and service, product delivery, and billing, call centers, core network, data centers, and engineering/development. She leads the building and delivery of innovative technological transformation and growth opportunities for all lines of business through automation, reliable networks, and industry best customer experiences.
Under Lewis’ leadership, C Spire has been named a top technology innovator by InformationWeek for three years. This includes InformationWeek’s Elite 100 rankings. C Spire was the top-ranked telecommunications provider in the U. S. on the list. Also, under her
leadership, C Spire was named Top Technology Company by the Mississippi Business Journal for two years.
In 2018, she was named as one of the Magnolia State’s Top in Tech leaders by the Mississippi Business Journal, the state’s largest business publication. In 2019, she was named one of Mississippi’s Most Influential African Americans by the Our Mississippi Honors organization and Top Minority Business Leader by the Delta Business Journal. In 2020, she was named the winner of the Ada Lovelace Award – Software Engineer Category which celebrates women across the Gulf South who have made an impact in their local tech community.
In addition to CTO, Lewis is a leader in the workforce development portion of the C Spire Tech Movement initiative with a focus on technology education and getting more young people in software development and IT jobs. This initiative has touched thousands of youths across Mississippi. She has a passion for technology education and believes that all youth should be exposed to and taught computer science and coding skills. Those skills are essential to their future livelihood. Lewis has successfully led the C Spire Coding Challenge (C3) and C3 Jr (with the Mississippi Children’s Museum) events and those have had a great impact on all students who attend.
Lewis is a member of the board of directors for the Base Camp Coding Academy (BCCA). The Water Valley-based BCCA is a charitable, non-profit vocational education training program that delivers fast paced, focused computer programming to under-advantaged youth in Mississippi to support the technology needs of local and regional employers. The program’s primary objective is to help students pursue a career in computer science through an immersive classroom environment that features current, real world technologies and projects.
BCCA has successfully placed its graduates in technology-related jobs with local and regional companies and has served as a model for the creation of other coding academies. Lewis’ leadership led to C Spire’s partnership with Mississippi educators to create a similar pilot named the C Spire Software Development Pathway in public schools and community colleges in this 2019/2020 school year. The first of this kind that introduces a coding curriculum in Mississippi public schools.
Lewis also serves on the board of the Mississippi Children’s Museum, the Governor’s Commission for Economic Recovery, and the State Workforce Investment Board. Lewis lives in Brandon with her husband, Richard, and daughter Breana. She earned her degree in Mathematics/Computer Science from Mississippi College. She is actively involved in community service as a member of the Junior League of Jackson and with her local church, True Vine Baptist Church, where she leads and serves in various ministries.
“I love making a difference in people’s lives. As a leader, an executive, a wife, a mother, and a member of my community, I want to help people reach their full potential as contributing, successful, loving and engaged members of society. That’s my calling and my passion.” – Carla