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Happy Birthday to entrepreneur and motivational speaker Lillian Lincoln Lambert!

Lillian Lincoln Lambert is known for being the first African-American woman to graduate from Harvard Business School (HBS), in 1969.

In 1976, she launched her own building services company, Centennial One, headquartered in Landover, Maryland. Starting with 20 part-time employees, $4,000 in savings, a $12,000 line of credit, and an office in her garage, she built Centennial One into a company that made over $20 million in revenues, with 1200 employees and operations in four states. The company offered a range of services from carpet cleaning to landscaping.

Lillian sold Centennial One in 2001 and began a successful speaking career. In 2010, she published her memoir, “The Road to Someplace Better: From the Segregated South to Harvard Business School and Beyond,” available at http://amzn.to/1QZTmkb.