Born and raised in Memphis, TN, Katrina Robinson is no stranger to the spirit of hustle. Growing up the youngest of her siblings, Katrina learned how to make her own path at an early age. She graduated from Whitehaven High School in 1998, the youngest in her class and went on to Xavier University in Louisiana in hot pursuit of a career as a plastic surgeon. Then life happened.
Katrina became a teenage mother and had to put her educational career on hold. In true resilient Katrina fashion, she shifted her focus to building her professional career. Having become a master at “bringing her own seat to the table”, she started a calculated ascent in the business world, enjoying a successful career in business sales for BellSouth, Konica Minolta, and FedEx. During this time, she also earned her Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing Management from University of Memphis.
It was after closing a huge deal as a Strategic Accounts Director for a major gas company that Katrina found herself jobless and in need of a change. She made up her mind to return to her love of healthcare through a nursing education, earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing within one year from from Union University - Germantown.
In her time as a registered nurse for Methodist Healthcare, Katrina developed a keen interest in clinical education and identified the need for more educational resources for individuals interested in pursuing healthcare careers. Through time spent mentoring young adults and providing guidance in career goals, she discovered that there were a number of individuals interested in educational programs in healthcare but often lacked the resources or funding. From this, her vision for The Healthcare Institute was born.
With no formal training or education in grant writing, Katrina wrote her own grant proposal and successfully secured a $1.6M grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This funding is used to provide scholarships for people like those she mentored who are looking for a jumpstart or second chance for their education and also to provide patient education to the elderly community. In 2017, Katrina’s institution became the only independently owned licensed nursing program in the state of Tennessee - a momentous achievement solely engineered by Katrina.
In addition to education, Katrina is a noted advocate for children. She just recently founded The Sweet Jar Foundation - a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization committed to ending child sexual abuse and molestation. Sweet Jar will provide resources for survivors of molestation as well as a platform for reformation of laws governing prosecution of offenders.
Katrina is a proponent of healthcare and educational equity, entrepreneurship and economic development in the Memphis Community. She has even passed on the entrepreneurial spirit to her children, Jaden and Amaya, who own Kool Kidz Sno Konez - a successful frozen treat company. They have most recently signed a partnership deal with the Memphis Grizzlies and have been recognized as 2017 Teen Entrepreneurs by Black Enterprise Magazine.
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