Robyn Massey

Robyn Massey, City Startup Labs Board Member

Robyn Massey


Retired from IBM


For over 30 years, Robyn was a respected leader and innovator in Information Technology.  Working for IBM and Microsoft, Robyn has led numerous multi-million-dollar business transformation projects.  Her contributions have resulted in recognition including the coveted IBM Golden Circle award which recognizes the top 1% of IBM individual contributors.   


From working with the Hornet’s Nest Council of the Girl Scouts to becoming an engaged member of the Junior League of Charlotte, her voice has championed causes that impact the lives of women and children.  Based on her demonstrated passion for the community and stellar job performance, Robyn was chosen as a member of the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge sent to Durban, South Africa in August of 2014.  The IBM Smarter Cities Challenge program pairs IBM talent and technology to address strategic challenges of cities around the world.  The Durban Smarter Cities Challenge team was comprised of 6 Executives, chosen from IBM locales around the world, who advised Mayor James Nxumalo and his Leadership Team on economic development strategies for the eThekwini Municipality. 


Robyn is a graduate of UNC Charlotte and is passionate about her alma mater.  Working with other dedicated Alumni, she was integrally involved in chartering the UNC Charlotte Black Alumni Chapter.  In 2003, Robyn was appointed as a member of the UNC Charlotte Alumni Association Board of Governors.  From 2008 to 2010, she had the pleasure of serving as President of the UNC Charlotte Alumni Association Board of Governors.  In the fall of 2007, Robyn was asked to be a founding member of the UNC Charlotte College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Advisory Council where she served until May of 2016.  Robyn was also appointed to the UNC Charlotte Foundation Board where she served three terms.    


Robyn holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from UNC Charlotte and a Master of Business Administration degree from Wake Forest University.  She also holds a Master’s Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University, Project Management Professional Certification from PMI as well as a Business Essentials for Non-Profit Organizations Certificate from Wake Forest University.  Robyn was the recipient of the UNC Charlotte Distinguished Alumna Award in 2016 and the UNC Charlotte Black Alumni Excellence in Leadership Award in Philanthropy in 2022.


Robyn continues to be a voice for the voiceless even in retirement.  She is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated and serves as Vice President of the Greater Charlotte Chapter of The Society, Incorporated.  She is also a City Startup Labs, Inc. Board member and member of New Generation of African American Philanthropists.  Robyn currently resides in Charlotte along with her husband, Gregory.      

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