Stuart Robinson is a dynamic leader in education, athletics, and youth advocacy, renowned for his unwavering commitment to student development and community empowerment. Raised in Harlem, New York City, Stuart’s transformative journey led him from public schools to esteemed institutions like Williams College and Middlebury College. With a career spanning roles in admissions, coaching, and leadership, he recently served as Assistant VP for Student Affairs/Director of Athletics at NYU. As a single adoptive father of five boys, Stuart passionately creates opportunities for underserved children and champions diversity in education. His story exemplifies the transformative power of mentorship and education in fostering positive change in communities.

How did you get started in this business?

As a young athlete growing up in Harlem, New York City, I developed a passion for sports and education. This passion drove me to pursue opportunities in the field of athletics and student affairs.

How do you make money?

I make money through various channels, including my role as Assistant VP for Student Affairs/Director of Athletics at NYU, consulting in the field of education and athletics, and speaking engagements.

How long did it take for you to become profitable?

As a professional in the field of education and athletics, profitability is not solely measured in financial terms. However, it took years of dedication, hard work, and strategic planning to establish a successful career in this competitive industry.

When you were starting out, was there ever a time you doubted it would work?

Like any aspiring professional, there were moments of doubt and uncertainty, especially when facing challenges and setbacks. However, my unwavering belief in the power of education and athletics to positively impact lives kept me focused and determined to succeed.

How did you get your first customer?

My first opportunities came through networking, building relationships, and demonstrating my expertise in education and athletics. Through word-of-mouth referrals and showcasing my commitment to student development, I was able to attract clients and opportunities.

What is one marketing strategy that works well to generate new business?

One effective marketing strategy is leveraging personal branding and thought leadership. By sharing insights, experiences, and expertise through speaking engagements, articles, and social media, I’ve been able to establish credibility and attract new business opportunities.

What is the toughest decision you’ve had to make in the last few months?

The toughest decision recently has been navigating the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly in balancing the safety and well-being . How we communicate and operate in the workplace has forever been changed.  Thinking of how to meet people where they are and still maintain a level of accountability has been much harder than I ever imagined.  At the core the focus remains on helping to make a difference for people, but it is definitely much more complex.

What do you think makes you successful?

I attribute my success to a combination of passion, dedication, adaptability, and a commitment to continuous learning and growth. By staying true to my values and prioritizing the development and well-being of others, I’ve been able to achieve success in my field.

What has been your most satisfying moment in business?

One of the most satisfying moments in my career was witnessing the impact of the AnBryce Scholars Program at NYU, which provides opportunities for underserved students to excel academically and personally. Seeing these students thrive and succeed has been incredibly rewarding.

What does the future hold for your business?

I envision continued growth and expansion in the areas of education, athletics, and youth advocacy. My goal is to further empower individuals and communities through innovative programs, partnerships, and initiatives that promote holistic development and well-being.

What business books have inspired you?

Books like “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle and “Start with Why” by Simon Sinek have inspired me to focus on purpose-driven leadership, mindfulness, and the importance of understanding the deeper motivations behind our actions.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

I would advise my younger self to embrace challenges as opportunities for growth, to remain open-minded and adaptable to change, and to prioritize self-care and well-being along the journey of pursuing one’s passions and aspirations.

Are you willing to be a mentor?

Absolutely. I am passionate about mentorship and empowering the next generation of leaders in education, athletics, and beyond. Mentoring allows me to share insights, offer guidance, and support others in reaching their full potential.

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