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Alana Ward Robinson
Alana Ward Robinson

Alana Ward Robinson

Robinson Group Consulting

Chicago, IL USA

"I decide, and I do it, and then I figure out: Was it a good or a bad thing? And if it was a bad thing, what did I learn from it?"

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Day In The Life


I lead a company focused on strategic global information technology consulting services.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Applied Mathematics, General

    Grambling State University

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Computer Science

    Grambling State University

  • Graduate Degree

    Business Administration and Management, General

    Harvard University

Life & Career Milestones

My path in life has been direct

  • 1.

    Grew up in segregated south Louisiana.

  • 2.

    After the "Freedom of Choice" law passed, decided to go to the majority white school to get a better education.

  • 3.

    Rather than wallowing in the fact that no one sat next to her on the school bus, she enjoyed having a seat to herself.

  • 4.

    Found her passion for programming in high school, got her Bachelor's degree in computer science and applied mathematics.

  • 5.

    First woman of color in a programming position at the Shreveport IBM office.

  • 6.

    Faced discrimination at her job at IBM-certain clients didn't want to work with an African-American woman.

  • 7.

    Never saw being the only woman or the only person of color in her industry as a limiting factor.

  • 8.

    Fought for an equal wage after learning that men in her same position were making much more money.