Alumni Relations

Savannah Robinson

Savannah Robinson

B.S. Public Administration '09, MPA '11

Photo of Savannah RobinsonSavannah Robinson is director of legal personnel administration at Barnes & Thornburg LLP, serving as the office administrator of the Fort Wayne office. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the Human Resource Association of Northeast Indiana (NIHRA), and is involved in other legal organizations. Robinson is active in the community and passionate about giving back. Among other community organizations, she has been heavily involved with Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana, the Fort Wayne Dance Collective, and SCAN and was chosen one of Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly's 20 Millennials Making a Difference in Northeast Indiana.

Q: How did you become interested in your field?

Prior to attending IPFW, I never even considered it as an option. My plan had always been to attend IU Bloomington; however, I didn't want to live on campus like a typical college student. I was going to share an apartment with a friend from high school. Two weeks before the move-in date, she backed out and my world completely changed. I decided to attend IPFW for a semester until I could find another roommate. After one semester, I fell in love with the lifestyle attending a school near my home town afforded me. I was able to attend class, make new friends, and engage in activities all while having a full-time job and seeing my family regularly. My college experience certainly wasn't typical but I wouldn't have done it any other way.

Q: Who were some of your mentors at IPFW?

I was fortunate to have a great group of professors who encouraged me to be a better version of myself during both my undergraduate and graduate programs. They challenged me and pushed me to grow and expand my knowledge not only in the academic world but in life. Professor Jane Grant taught several of my classes and had a huge impact on me both as a student and professionally. The day she asked me to teach her environmental policy class was the day I really began to grow professionally and recognize the difference I could make in the lives of others. Professor Brian Fife was always there to talk to about classes, share career advice, and just listen—which was incredibly valuable. And if it weren't for Professor B. Joon Kim spending countless hours with me pouring over research, I would not have had the privilege to co-author Social Media and Web 2.0 for Rethinking E-Government Maturity Models.

Q: What is the best career advice you were given?

Like most kids, I heard you can do whatever you want, the world is at your fingertips, dreams come true, etc. But, the reality is, dreams are just dreams unless you work to make them reality. Growing up and in college, I was told to work harder, work smarter—but the best piece of advice I've ever received, came to me recently while talking with a friend. He sent me the following quote and I think about it every day, "Work like someone is working 24 hours a day to take it away from you." Nothing keeps me more motivated than that.

Q: What surprised you most about IPFW?

The friendships and connections I made there were not what I expected. Since I didn't live on campus, I thought I would go to class and go home. Instead, I went to class, got involved on campus, made a ton of connections, and felt engaged—like I was a part of something bigger.

Q: Where do you hope to be in 5–10 years?

I always hate these questions. I live my life in big picture goals that I never share with anyone while sharing the smaller ones that will ultimately get me to the end game I have in mind. So, the best way I can answer this question is—I hope to not only still be living, working, and playing in this community, but also to be relevant and making an impact.