Robyn Saunders | Movers & Shakers 2017 – Community Builders

For more than 25 years, Robyn Saunders has worked with people seeking to change their lives. That number is about equal to the number of nominations she received—from colleagues, social workers, community board members, organizations, job seekers, and others.
Robyn Saunders


Senior Career Counselor, Department Head, Career, Education & Information Services (CEIS), Bronx Library Center, New York Public Library


MS, Public Affairs and Administration, Metropolitan College of New York, 2015


@robynsaunders21; CEIS at NYPL

Photo courtesy of Robyn Saunders


Making Waves

For more than 25 years, Robyn Saunders has worked with people seeking to change their lives. That number is about equal to the number of nominations she received—from colleagues, social workers, community board members, organizations, job seekers, and others.

Since 2012, she’s been senior career counselor with the New York Public Library (NYPL) and the head of Career, Education and Information Services (CEIS) at the Bronx Library Center (BLC), the largest NYPL branch in the borough. Her department has helped more than 15,000 people gain meaningful employment, return to school, or enhance their skill sets with training.

Through CEIS, patrons can book one-on-one career coaching and résumé assistance, attend career workshops, and more at branches in the Bronx and upper Manhattan. Especially noteworthy are the job fairs. The first, held in 2013 at BLC, drew more than 1,000 attendees, 20 employers, and a host of vendors. The fairs offer on-site interviews, job readiness workshops, and other services.

“I try never to refuse an invitation [to a job fair] from Robyn,” says Deborah O’Connor, a recruiter for NYC Transit Authority. “Her efforts provide NYC-based employers…with in-person access to a diverse, community-based talent pool. All of the job fairs are managed with precision.”

Saunders collaborates with organizations and government agencies citywide, including the mayor’s office and the Bronx borough president’s office, to promote both jobs for patrons and better representation of community concerns. She herself serves as second vice chair on the executive committee of Bronx Community Board 7.

A solid example of that engagement occurred in February 2017 when Saunders organized the first annual veterans breakfast at Lehman College, CUNY, where government officials “recognized, amplified, and honored” veterans and service providers by presenting them with “Soaring Eagle Awards,” Saunders says.

Many of the award winners are patrons of BLC, where she and her team work with them to transition back into the community as civilians, refer them for employment, and advocate on their behalf for access to support services.

Saunders’s department also facilitates career workshops at local high schools, colleges, treatment facilities, homeless shelters, and correctional institutions. “Our goal is to create a ripple effect that leads to quality change in the lives of our patrons and communities,” Saunders says. “We share our experiences, abilities, and skills to help others who are often at a crossroads…and unsure about the next direction to take.”

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Perrin Lawton

Well, Congratulations Ms. Saunders, we need more professionals like you, who are willing to go the distance at helping you professionals achieve their highest heights. Again, my Congratulations!

Posted : Jun 14, 2017 08:19

Princess Jones

An award well deserved for a very special lady, who have helped soooooooooooooooooooom within and out of this community.

Posted : Jun 14, 2017 08:17

Kodjo Anahlui, Ph.D

Thank you so much for your assistance. Now I can say another day has come and it is alright. It is right, New York is a State of opportunity. You take all the day for me and your time to bring the sunshine to a professional job. My hope is that I have the same opportunity to give the best of myself according to my skill. This award is for you and you are truly deserving of it Thank you so much. Best regards, Kodjo

Posted : Apr 18, 2017 04:37

Amarilis Dominguez, Program Services Manager

Dear Mrs.Saunders: Thank you for taking the time to meet with me and revamp my resume. You left me super ecstatic and surprised when I saw my resume and how you made it look...WOW AMAZING! It has been a pleasure and honor to have met you and I can't thank you enough! Again, Congratulations on this Incredible Award-You Are Most Deserving and it speak volumes about you professionally! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! You are truly a beautiful, caring, inspiring, loving, wonderful person with such a great sense of humor but overall a big Heart! I really appreciate everything you did for me and I look forward in staying in contact with you! THANK YOU! Amarillis

Posted : Apr 17, 2017 04:50

Amarilis Dominguez, Program Services Manager

Mrs. Robyn Saunders Thank you! Saunders= Special,Amazing,Unique,Nice, Dearing,Real, Superb individual you will ever meet! I have had the pleasure of meeting and interacting with Mrs. Saunders and what an Amazing, incredible person she is.My experience with her has been beyond OUTSTANDING and I cant thank her enough for all the help and the time she has spent with me! She is efficient,with vibrant spirit,great sense of humor, thorough, thoughtful and always willing to help with a smile on her face! Thank you so much it been a great pleasure!!! Sincerely, Amarilis Program Services Manager Asphalt Green

Posted : Apr 15, 2017 04:33

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