Meet Lillian Lincoln Lambert, the First Black Woman to Receive a Harvard MBA


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Lillian Lincoln Lambert, the first Black woman to receive a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) from Harvard in 1969, used it to carve a path for other Black women to excel. Forbes reports the author, public speaker, and entrepreneur in the building maintenance industry grew her business to more than 1,200 employees in six states and $20 million in revenue before selling it. Today, Lambert does public speaking events about her experience. Lambert told Forbes she was nervous when she first stepped on Harvard’s campus and even considered leaving. “I had no idea what to expect when I got there [Harvard],” Lambert shared. “That first day, I was the first person to get to the dorm. I got there early and was greeted by this older lady who told me, ‘The dorm isn’t ready. Won’t be ready for a couple of hours. You can put your bags here and go sit in the park.’ So that’s what I did. While sitting there, I was thinking, ‘What have I gotten myself into?’ I just wanted to go back, get my suitcase and go back home. I didn’t want to be there.” The Virginia native added what made her stay was all...