2017 Nancy A. Felhofer Leadership Award Winner – Robyn Davis
Robyn Davis is not only an active member of Management Women, she is a leader in our community, a mentor, and an inspiration to all who know her.
Robyn has accomplished much both personally and professionally. On a personal level, she is proud of her continued growth as a woman, spiritually, emotionally, physically and financially and that she serves as a positive role model to her siblings and extended family. Robyn was asked to write a series of devotions for Blessings From the Heart: An Attitude of Service, a book published by the Ecumenical Partnership for Housing. She also became a charter member for the second time in the oldest African American public service sorority, Delta Sigma Theta. In addition, Robyn has also been featured on the cover of Women Magazine twice and was selected as one the “20 Women to Know” by YOU Magazine. In addition, she became a first-time homeowner in 2010, and played her cello again after 30 years at a Doctors in Recital event.
Robyn is proud of the risks she has taken in her professional career, including retiring from the practice of law and serving as a housing court judge to pursue spiritual growth. Over the years, she has served as a mentor for women ranging from high school students to women from her church to professional colleagues. As President of Freedom House, Robyn promoted collaborative relationships in the community and helped the organization become debt free and establish two locations in the community. After eight years with Freedom House, Robyn recently took on a new challenge when she accepted the position of President and CEO of the Brown County United Way.
Robyn credits her parents for encouraging her to excel in school and for cultivating her love of music and reading. She learned at an early age how to get along with all types of people. Her family lived in a primarily Jewish Italian neighborhood in the Bronx but they stayed connected with family that lived in Harlem. Robyn’s mother also supported her in her goal to become an attorney. She believed in being well rounded, so she also made sure that Robyn took dance lessons and learned to play the cello.
A graduate of Hofstra University with a bachelor’s degree in English and sociology, Robyn received her Juris Doctor from George Washington School of Law. She was licensed to practice law in the State of Rhode Island and served as an Associate Justice in the Providence Housing Court. In addition, she has earned certificates in leadership development and Biblical counseling. Robyn was the recipient of the Thurgood Marshall Award from the Rhode Island Chapter of the NAACP.
An active volunteer, Robyn has served on the Management Women Board and has been part of the Membership Committee since she joined the organization. She is also a board member for the Bay Area Community Council and the Weidner Center and the Corresponding Secretary for the Northeast Wisconsin Alumnae Chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. In addition, she is a member of the Ethics Committee at Aurora BayCare Medical Center, an active member of Living Hope Church, and speaks to young African American girls at Edison Middle School.
Robyn offers these pieces of advice to a woman launching her career today:
"Spend time praying, pondering and considering the reasons that you are choosing a career or profession and then research that career fully. At some point that career will become challenging, and in those difficult moments, one needs to be certain of one’s choice
Once the choice has been made, don’t be afraid to seek out those who are where you want to be and cultivate relationships with those individuals, whether male or female.
Be mindful that we never “arrive.” We are in a constant state of learning and growing. Always stay alert for opportunities along the way.
Remember to be courageous, bold, and willing to take risks. Enjoy the journey!"
Your journey thus far has been an amazing one, Robyn. You are a strong leader who is admired by many. Thank you for all you do for Management Women and for our community!