Tue, Apr 12|
AACRC: Lillian Lincoln Lambert Book Review
Apr 12, 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM
Born and raised on a farm in rural Virginia, Lillian Lambert's journey is a strong testament to the "transcendental power of the human spirit in the face of adversity," writes Cathy Hughes, in the foreword to Lillian’s memoir: The Road to Someplace Better.
The book chronicles the remarkable story of her life's journey, a journey that demanded that Lillian draw deeply on her inner resources as she confronted racism, sexism and a series of menial, dead-end jobs before she came to the realization that her mother was right all along – there is no substitute for education, and there are no shortcuts.
Her journey led her to the ivory tower and the world of entrepreneurship; she fought her way through a thorny political and social landscape for blacks and women; did her best to reshape corporate America to fit the needs of real people; testified before Congress on behalf of women business owners and she built her own network of family, friends, mentors, and business contacts.
After graduating from Howard University, Lillian went to Harvard and became the first black woman to earn an MBA from Harvard Business School. This was during the tumultuous 1960’s - an era linked with the civil rights movement, women’s rights movement and the Vietnam War. In1976, when few women were starting businesses, with just a few thousand dollars, she started a company in her garage. Over the next 25 years it grew into a $20 million dollar enterprise employing 1,200 employees.
Her speeches are centered on the power of persistence, resilience, courage and morality in surmounting hurdles that prevent people from reaching their full potential. She uses the power of storytelling as she shares her experiences “from the farm to Harvard” with a message that offers guidance, hope and inspiration. She inspires audiences to dream big, act bold and pave their own paths using their obstacles and barriers as stepping stones to higher levels of achievement.
Lillian shows us a life well lived, with wisdom, family, friends and many accomplishments. Join me in welcoming Lillian Lambert.