Alana's Open Road
Left Side of the Brain (0:49)
Passport of a Degree (1:19)
Always Aspire (0:43)
Need To Be Equal (1:34)
Crazy Babbling Sunshine
Public Television: Season 8
ALANA WARD ROBINSON
Robinson Group Consulting
computer programing, computer science, corporate america, decisions, degree, discouragement, double major, expectations, exposure, Freedom of Choice, high school, ibm, indecisive, limitations, perspective, positivity, racism, reality, segregation, women
- Grew up in segregated south Louisiana.
- After the “Freedom of Choice” law passed, decided to go to the majority white school to get a better education.
- Rather than wallowing in the fact that no one sat next to her on the school bus, she enjoyed having a seat to herself.
- Found her passion for programming in high school, got her Bachelor’s degree in computer science and applied mathematics.
- First woman of color in a programming position at the Shreveport IBM office.
- Faced discrimination at her job at IBM—certain clients didn’t want to work with an African-American woman.
- Never saw being the only woman or the only person of color in her industry as a limiting factor.
- Fought for an equal wage after learning that men in her same position were making much more money.