Just in time for mother’s day, I got to sit down with my colleague Kimberly Reisman, a Business Development Manager for Clark Hill, and her dear friends, Barbara and Nichelle Robinson. Barbara and Nichelle are a power team in Los Angeles real estate. They refer to each other as best friends and thoroughly enjoy working together. Barbara’s husband and Nichelle’s dad was Frank Robinson, MLB great, Hall of Famer, first black manager, and medal of freedom winner. Mother and daughter reflect on moving around the country for Frank’s career, encountering discrimination in housing and segregation. Through it all, Barbara made every new house a home, which has shaped Nichelle’s later career to connect buyers with a home that will resonate with them. They reflect on meeting the Queen, and more. Frank, through all his fame, remained a humble centered individual who enjoyed making pathways to others. This trait, coupled with both of her parent’s work ethic and compassion made an indelible impression on Nichelle.
On leadership, I asked each to describe the other. According to Barbara, Nichelle s decisive and not afraid to make decisions. Where Nichelle says Barbara is warm, engaging and a genius at making people feel comfortable. Words of wisdom for those starting out, go to a company that will teach and find what works for you.
I think you will enjoy this episode that gives a glimpse of life-long friendship formed between mother and child, triumph during troubled times, and humility and grace even through the fame.
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