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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Interior Designer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Calamari
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Australia
Favorite Quote:
What Would You Attempt To Do If You Knew You Could Not Fail?

Birthplace

Born:
9/26/1969
Birth Location:
Austin, Texas

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Interior Designer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Calamari
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Australia
Favorite Quote:
What Would You Attempt To Do If You Knew You Could Not Fail?

Birthplace

Born:
9/26/1969
Birth Location:
Austin
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Biography

Robin Wilson is an interior designer acclaimed for creating eco-friendly designs for homes and commercial spaces. Wilson was born September 26, 1969 in Austin, Texas. She is a fourth-generation member of a Texas real-estate family beginning with her great-grandfather who owned several rental properties. As a child she was “pan-allergic” and diagnosed with asthma. To accommodate her allergies, her parents made changes to their lifestyle including switching to organic foods and replacing carpet in the house with hardwood and tile. These steps later influenced her desire to work with eco-friendly materials. In 1987, Wilson graduated from S.F. Austin High School and received her B.A. degree in history and economics from the University of Texas at Austin. In addition, she worked through college as a runway model and her first internship was with the Lower Colorado River Authority focused on energy efficiency.

In 1991, Wilson moved to Boston to work for Mercer Management Consulting in the energy division. In 1993, she changed careers and joined Isaacson Miller as an executive recruiter and a year later was hired at Houghton Mifflin Company as a national recruiter. By 1996, she joined Heidrick & Struggles in their Boston office, and a year later was transferred to their New York office to work for the lead partner in the financial services area, where she worked on CEO and Board level projects. In 1999, the privately-held company conducted an IPO and Wilson received a windfall. She used the money to purchase an apartment, become an entrepreneur and enroll in New York University to earn her M.S. degree in real estate finance. Before receiving her degree, Wilson founded the WSG Consulting firm and began her entrepreneurial role as a project manager for clients in New York – earning the moniker “the busy homeowner’s best friend.” In 2006, she rebranded the firm to the eponymous Robin Wilson Home and the business grew exponentially after being profiled on television and in magazines. Robin Wilson Home is distinguished for its focus on eco-friendly lifestyle, with a combination of design and healthy living. It has expanded to include an online retail store, The Nest Store which sells to consumers. She is the first woman to license her name to eco-friendly kitchen cabinetry, sold by over 500 kitchen dealers nationwide.

Wilson has designed showhouse projects including the Esquire “Ultimate Bachelor Apartment” terrace (2007), the Good Housekeeping “Greenest House in New York” LEED-certified Harlem brownstone (2008) and since 2004, she has worked on renovation projects in the Harlem office of former President Bill Clinton. In 2008, she was selected to become part of a “green dream team” who worked on the private residence of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. In 2010, she completed her first book, Kennedy Green House which details the project.

Robin Wilson was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on April 26, 2010.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Robin Wilson's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Robin Wilson lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Robin Wilson describes her mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Robin Wilson describes her mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Robin Wilson remembers her paternal great-grandfather
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Robin Wilson talks about her maternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Robin Wilson describes her mother's upbringing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Robin Wilson talks about her maternal great-grandmother's abduction by the Ku Klux Klan
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Robin Wilson talks about the diversity of skin color within her family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Robin Wilson talks about her mother's education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Robin Wilson describes the community of Angleton, Texas
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Robin Wilson talks about her father's family background
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Robin Wilson describes her maternal uncles' careers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Robin Wilson talks about her father's upbringing
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Robin Wilson describes her father's career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Robin Wilson talks about her paternal uncle's struggles after World War II
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Robin Wilson describes her parents' relationship
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Robin Wilson describes her parents' personalities and who she takes after
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Robin Wilson talks about her parents' perspective on education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Robin Wilson remembers her mother's career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Robin Wilson talks about her father's mentor
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Robin Wilson talks about her parents' financial struggles
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Robin Wilson describes her childhood allergies
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Robin Wilson talks about her elementary school experiences
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Robin Wilson recalls her early struggles with her disability
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Robin Wilson remembers her early understanding of race
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Robin Wilson describes the culture of her youth
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Robin Wilson recalls her early of experiences religion
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Robin Wilson remembers her early influences
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Robin Wilson remembers the gifted program at Pease Elementary School in Austin, Texas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Robin Wilson recalls her aspiration to become a writer
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Robin Wilson describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Robin Wilson talks about the alumni of Stephen F. Austin High School
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Robin Wilson recalls her experiences as a fashion model
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Robin Wilson remembers her position at the Lower Colorado River Authority
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Robin Wilson talks about dating at University of Texas at Austin
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Robin Wilson remembers her first black history class
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Robin Wilson talks about her career as a designer
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Robin Wilson remembers helping her maternal grandfather paint fences
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Robin Wilson describes her mentor at the University of Texas at Austin
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Robin Wilson remembers her summer internship at a consulting firm
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Robin Wilson describes her family's relationship with Barbara Jordan
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Robin Wilson talks about the female role models in Texas
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Robin Wilson talks about politics in Texas
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Robin Wilson remembers her brother's death, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Robin Wilson describes her involvement with the layoffs at AT&T Inc.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Robin Wilson remembers her brother's death, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Robin Wilson describes her career as an executive recruiter
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Robin Wilson remembers recruiting African American executives
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Robin Wilson recalls her transition to the real estate industry
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Robin Wilson remembers the growth of her real estate business
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Robin Wilson remembers rebranding her firm as Robin Wilson Home
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Robin Wilson talks about her home rehabilitation projects
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Robin Wilson remembers her interview with Oprah Winfrey
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Robin Wilson recalls lessons from her business coach
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Robin Wilson talks about ecofriendly home design
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Robin Wilson talks about the prevalence of toxic materials in homes
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Robin Wilson describes the need for ecofriendly home education
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Robin Wilson talks about her book, 'Kennedy Green House'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Robin Wilson recalls lessons from her family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Robin Wilson describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Robin Wilson reflects upon her legacy