By Roadtrip Nation

Travis Robinson


My road in life took a while to figure out.
Grew up outside of Richmond, VA, in a suburb that was predominately white—says as a kid he knew he was different, but that it wasn’t really an issue.
His older brother passed away very suddenly from meningitis when they were teenagers.
After his brother died and he saw the impact he’d made on everyone's life, it made him believe that an individual could make a difference in the world.
In college, he was an accounting major with a pre-law focus and intended on going to law school, but quickly realized that he wasn’t passionate about it.
He did an internship at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, which introduced him to communications and aspects of human resources.
During the financial crisis, he worked two eight-hour jobs back-to-back to make ends meet and gain experience.
Got the opportunity to build out the campus recruiting program for the Federal Reserve Bank—says that connecting people and helping them realize their dreams is his purpose in life.
He is a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion and now leads the global talent acquisition team at Spotify, working to showcase the power one individual can make.
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Head of Global Talent Diversity, Americas Campus Recruiting, & Talent Attraction

I develop Spotify's strategy and outreach towards students with a focus on diversity and inclusion.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Communicating / Sharing Stories

Day to Day

Everyday varies, but I'm usually building strategic conversations with internal & external stakeholders related to action plans & events. These conversations will center-around development programs & initiatives that support hiring diverse talent for the organization, and connect students & new graduates with their dreams & goals.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Figure out exactly what you are passionate about, clarify your purpose & determine what your ultimate goals are in a career.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

Public Relations/Image Management


The Noise I Shed

From Peers:

"You don't seem black or you aren't black enough."

Challenges I Overcame

Career Change

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Beating the Odds

Beating the Odds

Overcoming barriers as a first-generation college student