Lambert established her own janitorial services company in 1976 with an investment of several thousand dollars. She ran Centennial One, Inc., as chief executive officer and president until she sold it in 2001. By that time the company had grown to more than 1,200 employees and $20 million in sales.
Lambert received the Harvard Business School’s Alumni Achievement Award in 2003, and in 2010 Enterprise Women Magazine inducted her into its Enterprising Women Hall of Fame. She serves on the board of visitors of Virginia Commonwealth University and on the board of directors for the Harvard Business School African American Alumni Association.
Lambert travels the country telling her inspirational story and lecturing on entrepreneurship, women’s issues, race, self-improvement, and education. Her autobiography, The Road to Someplace Better, appeared in 2010. She lives in Mechanicsville and Sarasota, Florida.
Reprinted with permission of the Library of Virginia.