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Lillian Lincoln Lambert speaks about the power of persistence, resilience, courage and morality in surmounting hurdles. The first African American woman to receive an MBA from Harvard Business School and a successful entrepreneur, she draws upon her experiences, using her personal story to show how to use obstacles and barriers as stepping stones to higher levels of achievement. She encourages her audiences to dream big, act bold and pave their own paths. Businesses benefit from her coaching and go beyond their preconceived limitations to achieve their goals. Born on a farm in the segregated South, she sensed that there was a better life as she journeyed to New York City and Washington, DC to seek her fortune. After a few menial jobs she came to the realization that education was her key to success. At 22, with loans, scholarships and part-time jobs she enrolled in Howard University and got her BA degree. A professor there convinced her that she was Harvard material. In 1969 she earned her MBA and achieved the historical milestone. For 25 years, she was president of a building maintenance company, founded in her garage on a few thousand dollars. The company grew to $20 million in sales with more than 1,200 employees. Her memoir, The Road to Someplace Better: From the Segregated South to Harvard Business School and Beyond was released by John Wiley & Son, Jan 2010.
MOST RECENT AWARDS Harvard Business School Alumni Achievement Award, its highest honor for alumni, Oct 2003
Enterprising Women Magazine Hall of Fame, magazine’s highest honor, March 2010
Dominion Resources Strong Men Strong Women: Excellence in Leadership Series Honoree, Feb 2011 Library of Virginia, Virginia Women in History Recipient, March 2011