Kendra Robinson is an extremely talented woman and arguably one of the few black entrepreneurs exhibiting professional excellence in three different career fields. She is a lawyer, a real estate investor and a reality TV star.
She is founder of the real estate firm SRS Title and Associates, and the law firm Kendra Robinson and Associates. So, how did all start for Robinson?
The South Carolina native studied mathematics at Kentucky State University and continued to the University of Louisville where she completed her law degree. Robinson’s inspiration was inspired in part by the time she spent watching episodes of “Law & Order” with her mother and the need to fight racial injustice in her community.
According to her, being a lawyer is the most rewarding thing she has ever done. It was through her professional career as a lawyer that she became a real estate investor. She created a niche for herself as a real estate closing attorney and a criminal defence attorney.
She ventured into real estate at the behest of her husband and Grammy-nominated rapper Jasiel Robinson (aka Yung Joc.). This allowed her to learn how to do real estate closings and title work. Now she is a certified real estate agent.
She attributes her success to divine providence, asserting that God is her motivation, and adding that she could not have come this far without his blessings.
“I give all glory and credit to God. I’m not self-made. I didn’t do it all by myself. It was God,” she told theatlantavoice. “The best part is the impact that I know that I’ve been able to make, just simply by trying to help somebody or trying to put somebody in a better position, whether it’s to get them out of a criminal situation, an immigration situation, or helping them close on a house,” she continued.
“Providing them with that long-term security of home ownership, and the benefits that come with that. Basically, changing people around me for the better has been my highlight.”
In addition to her professional career as an attorney and her real estate business, she is also a reality TV personality. She appears on “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” although she was initially reluctant to appear on it.
Asked by BET what are some of the important lessons she has learnt as an entrepreneur, she responded: “One of the most important things I learned is to delegate tasks and also find a mentor. In any endeavour, I’ve engaged in or any businesses I own, I have my mentors to help guide me.”
She continued: “I have a mentor who was the first boss I had coming out of law school, his name is Craig Lewis. Anytime I have a question I call Mr Lewis. Because when you’re starting out on your own, and whatever it is, unless you’re already an expert, even if you are already an expert, starting a business is different, because you don’t get a paycheck, and you don’t get an insurance playing, you are the provider of all these things. So having a good mentor that is key.”