Get Ignited: Monica Black Robinson

I love the Dos Equis “Most Interesting Man in the World” campaign. The ads always end with the tagline, “Stay thirsty, my friend.” That’s something Monica Black Robinson understands. Her thirst for life is why she is one of the most interesting women in my world. On any given day, Monica might be hopping on a plane to consult with Princeton University or heading to Yale to lead a workshop. She might be delivering etiquette training to aspiring young professionals or to a troop of local Girl Scouts. She loves her work as a career development specialist at Washington University, and she also loves giving back through the celebrated Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and serving as associate president of Jack and Jill of America, an organization dedicated to nurturing future leaders. But, her most beloved role of all is being “Mom” to the vocal talent Brianna Elise Brown. Cheers to Monica and her thirst for leading, learning and making a positive impact.

Favorite Place Listen to Music: Jazz Fest & Wineries

Great Place to Grab A Bite: Bait STL (

Favorite Place to Go With Your Husband: Out on a bike trail on our E-Bikes

Proudest Moment: Earning my graduate degree from Washington University

How You Recharge Your Battery: I am curious so I love to travel and to learn—anything!

Great Overnight Escape: The Four Seasons

Book on Your Nightstand: The Mountain Is You by Brianna West

Best Entertainer in St. Louis: Brianna Elise Brown—of course! She has the ability to sing opera, jazz, R&B and neo soul. (

Favorite Place to Watch Your Daughter Perform: Any and everywhere but most recently in San Francisco

Beth Chesterton helps people compel and connect in presentations, interviews and leadership.

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