Business Administration - Marketing
Graduation Year: 1982
In the age of laptops and cellphones, it’s hard to believe that my business computing class at Sheridan involved writing codes on programming punch cards. But at the time, it was all part of the cutting edge learning experience that was (and continues to be) Sheridan Business. The well rounded curriculum and expert instruction gave me both the knowledge and skills that I needed to succeed, and the confidence to strike out and make my own career path.
While I was at Sheridan I met my current business partner, Linda Ford. As two of only four women out of a class of 40, we became friends out of necessity. Of course, the gender balance is much more equal today! Our association continued following graduation, particularly when we became co-workers in the mid-1990s at Armor Personnel in Mississauga.
In 2000 Linda and I joined forces to establish our own human resources company. We currently own and operate two very successful firms in Brampton and in Vaughan: Access Career Solutions Inc. and Temporary Measures Inc. Our long list of clients spans the service, manufacturing, automotive, aerospace and non-profit sectors. My entrepreneurial experience has served me well in my role as a member of the Brampton Board of Trade over the past decade and as a Policy Committee Member of the Vaughan Chamber of Commerce since 2009.
It is especially gratifying to share my extensive industry knowledge with today’s business students as a teacher in the Human Resources program, position I took on in 2010. Teaching brings me back to my days at Sheridan, reminding me of the importance of the relationships I forged as a student. The connections you make while at school will continue to develop in the future if you make it a priority to maintain them. With today’s social networking tools, it has never been easier to stay in touch. You never know where your next career move will come from or your next big sale or your best new hire. It could be a connection from a professor, a classmate or friend of a friend.
Thinking back, I never imagined that someday I would be not only teaching at Sheridan but addressing a graduating class, especially as the parent of a graduating student. But that is where I find myself nearing the end of 2011. Although my son Matt faces a much different world than the one I did when I graduated almost 30 years ago, he learned many lessons at Sheridan about networking and community involvement that remain relevant today.
A long-time contributor to Sheridan, Lori has been a key player in all four Big Picture Galas, as a committee member and past Chair of both the Décor and Silent Auction Committees. The college has also benefited from the ongoing support of Access Career Solutions through its donations to the Galas and the 2011 Board of Governors’ Golf Tournament, as well as the company’s co-op work placements for Sheridan Human Resources program students.
Like mother like son: Lori Robinson with son Matthew who graduated from the Business Administration – Marketing program in 2011.