Travis Robinson

Travis Robinson

Head of Global Talent Diversity, Americas Campus Recruiting, & Talent Attraction


Spotify

Washington, DC USA


There’s a time and a moment for opportunity and there’s always a place where you can get out of [a bad situation] because someone believed in you and believed that you could make a difference.

Milestones

Milestones

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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Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Accounting
Lee University
undergrad
Bachelor
Business Administration and Management, General
Lee University
graduate
Graduate
Public Relations/Image Management
George Washington University
doctorate
Doctorate
Public Relations/Image Management
George Washington University
Career

Career

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

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Business
Business
Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship
Communicating / Sharing Stories
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.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Find mentors and leaders that can help you understand and see the potential you have towards your goals and dreams. It's really important to be open to trying new things and be open to the lessons learned through different careers. Fail fast.

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:

undergrad
Bachelor
Accounting
undergrad
Bachelor
Business Administration and Management, General
graduate
Graduate
Public Relations/Image Management
doctorate
Doctorate
Public Relations/Image Management
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Peers:

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

When I moved to Atlanta, it was my first time being in a predominately African American community. It was a tough adjustment for me and I confided in and relied on people in my life that could relate to my experience and support me. Surround yourself with positivity and people that support that because that is how you succeed. The people you surround yourself with tell the story of who you really are.

Challenges I Overcame

Financial
Financial

Struggled during the financial crisis a few years ago. I was working two jobs back to back from 11pm to 3pm to make ends meet and get experience.

Career Change
Career Change

I was an accounting major with a pre-law focus in college but slowly realized that I didn't like it. I was so close to finishing my degree that I couldn't change my major, so I did internships to gain experience in the fields I did enjoy.

LGBT
LGBT

It is still an ongoing journey of acceptance.

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