Sharla Lewis enters her seventh year on the Notre Dame women's basketball staff heading into the 2017-18 season, and her fifth as special events coordinator, having been promoted to that post in 2013 following two seasons as the program's administrative assistant.
In her current role, Lewis is responsible for managing numerous special events for the program. This includes the widely-celebrated Pink Zone (Play4Kay) Game and related fundraising activities (which have generated more than $925,000 in the past nine years), and the team's year-end awards banquet, which has attracted sellout or near-sellout crowds of approximately 1,000 attendees each of the past six years.
Lewis also manages the day-to-day functions of the Notre Dame women's basketball office, serves as a liaison with the team's fans and out-of-town guests, and assists with the planning of on-campus recruiting efforts.
Prior to arriving at Notre Dame, Lewis spent more than 15 years in the financial services industry, the final seven as an AVP with Envestnet Asset Management, an investment firm in Chicago, where she managed two of the company's operational teams. She also was charged with planning and organizing the company's first family picnic and other events.
Lewis previously served as a supervisor in the Wealth Management division at Northern Trust Bank in Chicago, and began her career in the financial industry with H&R Block Tax Services, where she spent seven years in the Quality Control division.
Originally from Chicago, Lewis began her collegiate studies at Eastern Illinois University before returning to her hometown to attend Chicago State University, where she graduated in 1999 with her bachelor's degree in business management.
Lewis and her husband, Levi, make their home in South Bend.