Trustee: D’Rita Melinda Robinson, C’97
Founder and CEO of Chatty Guest
B. S. Spelman College, Chemistry Major
Spelman College Board of Trustees: Elected 2015
City of Residence: Chicago, Illinois
D’Rita Robinson is a social impact entrepreneur and philanthropist. Since graduating from Spelman College, Robinson’s journey has evolved from chemist, event planner, and stay-at-home mom to start-up entrepreneur. She is the founder of Chatty Guest, a free app that encourages collaboration, mentorship and global dialogue across disciplines; and to date, the app has been downloaded in more than 51 countries.
As a civic leader in Chicago, Robinson’s time, energy and resources are dedicated to education, mentorship, social justice and breast cancer research. In 2014, Robinson co-chaired The Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation luncheon, an event that raises nearly $1M dollars annually for cancer research. In 2015, Robinson and her husband Robbie, co-chaired the After School Matters annual gala which raised almost $5M dollars for the organization, a nationally and internationally recognized leader in out-of-school time movement.
Robinson graduated from Spelman College in 1997 with a B.S. in chemistry and has been an avid supporter of the College since graduating. She is responsible for the creation of two scholarships at the College -- the Annie Bell Huger Scholarship and the D’Rita Robinson Finish Line Scholarship. Since the inception of the scholarships, more than 120 Spelman students have benefited from her support. Robinson was elected as a trustee of the College in the fall of 2015.
Robinson also serves on the boards of Project&, an arts organization that collaborates with internationally-renowned artists in order to be a force for social change; Providence St. Mel, a charter school in Chicago; and Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation, one of the nation’s leading breast cancer research and education charities. Robinson and her husband, a 1998 graduate of Morehouse College, live in Chicago with their two children.
Thoughts on why she chose to serve on the Spelman College Board of Trustees: Spelman had a profound impact on my life. I am committed to ensuring that every young woman who embarks on the journey of becoming a Spelman woman fulfills her goal.