Lamont Robinson is a published author and nationally-recognized supplier diversity leader. He was born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in the Rockwell Gardens Housing Project on the West Side of Chicago. After graduating as the valedictorian from Ulysses S. Grant Elementary School, he left Chicago at the age of 14 to attend Lower Merion High School in Ardmore, Pennsylvania through the A Better Chance college preparatory program. He then returned to Illinois to attend Lake Forest College, in Lake Forest, Illinois. After graduating from LFC, he went on to work for the Lake County Forest Preserves while obtaining his MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management. After receiving his MBA, he moved on to work for Abbott Laboratories in 2000 as a Senior Purchasing Agent. In 2004, Lamont was part of Abbott’s spin-off, Hospira, as a Senior Purchasing Agent and Small Business Liaison Officer.
In September 2004, Lamont joined Cardinal Health as the Corporate Director of Supplier Diversity where he was responsible for assisting Group Purchasing Organizations with their supplier diversity programs. He then relocated from Illinois to Texas in 2007 to join VHA, Inc. (a national healthcare alliance), to create its supplier diversity program as their Director of Business Development and Supplier Diversity. In 2009, he was promoted as the Senior Director of Supplier Diversity for Novation, the group purchasing organization and contracting arm for VHA and UHC. At Novation, Lamont directly oversaw the supplier diversity programs for Novation, VHA and Provista (Novation’s sister company), as well as provided support to UHC.
In 2011, Lamont received the 2010 Corris Boyd Leadership and Diversity award from the Federation of American Hospitals, which recognizes an individual or company that has made an outstanding contribution in fostering leadership and workplace diversity in the health care industry. The award was special to Lamont because the deceased Mr. Corris Boyd served as one of Lamont’s earlier mentors in supplier diversity.
In 2012, Lamont joined Nielsen as the Vice President of Supplier Diversity. His focus at Nielsen is to create a global, world class supplier diversity program that focuses on clients, employees, suppliers and communities. His passion for supplier diversity will allow him to incorporate creativity into solutions needed for Nielsen constituents. Lamont is already realizing success at Nielsen after receiving 10 various national individual and program honors. He has appeared in a myriad of magazine and newspaper articles because of his success in supplier diversity.
TransformNational: Journey of a Bastard is Lamont’s first book. He hopes the book will lead to other TransformNational movements that will inspire others to achieve greatness.
Success is based on our willingness to make sacrifices and keep our eyes on the long journey, even while obstacles create internal doubt. While going through that journey, we all need reminders of why we have originally accepted the challenge. Based on my experiences past and present, I have staunchly adhered to the twelve disciplines, included below, throughout my life to keep me on that path towards success. TransformNational: Journey of a Bastard provides greater detail for each of my following disciplines:
- Identify your own level of success.
- Surround yourself with ambitious people.
- Emulate success.
- Pass on your knowledge.
- Don’t be afraid to be different.
- Always keep your inner fires flickering.
- Embrace risks.
- Be the only one to define your brand.
- Recognize the pattern and break the cycle.
- Own your decisions.
- Be patient and allow plans to work.
- If it is to be, it is up to you.