Alana's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Crazy Babbling Sunshine

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Chicago, IL

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 8

  • ON DVD:

    Roadtrip Nation: Season 8

ALANA WARD ROBINSON

Owner
Robinson Group Consulting

“You're not clairvoyant; you make a move and you don't know if it's going to work out or not.”

INTERESTS:

Business Numbers Technology

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Choices Education Hard Work Negativity Passion Societal Pressures Desire Goals Courage Money & Financial Security

TAGS:

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

BIOGRAPHY:

Alana Robinson grew up in Southern Louisiana during a time when blacks were segregated from whites. But in her junior year of high school, the state passed a law where blacks could have the freedom of choice to mix with whites. Alana took the opportunity to better her education and attended a different high school where she would join the majority. It was there that Alana took her first programming class, which sparked her interest in technology and computer science. Alana went on to receive her bachelor's degree in applied mathematics and computer science at Grambling University. Soon after graduating, the major computer corporation IBM became interested in her, recognizing her potential despite that she had no work experience. Alana was the first in her family to ever work in Corporate America, and the first black female to work at IBM in programming. After 18 years at IBM, Alana moved on to several technology-focused executive positions at a variety of different companies. In 2004, however, she decided she wanted to return to entrepreneurship and start her own strategic information technology consulting company, Robinson Consulting Group. Alana has been named one of the "25 Most Influential Black Women in Business" by The Network Journal.

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