Robin Hall Guadagnini
Hall & Hall Inc.
Robin C. (Hall) Guadagnini attended the Sam M. Walton College of Business, University of Arkansas, and was the second woman to obtain a degree in Finance and Insurance, which was mostly an all male field. Upon graduation she became the first "in-house" Trust Officer Pension Plan Administrator in Northwest Arkansas in banking. She also became an agent with Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company, the same company her father had served as General Agent (and both are still agents). Guadagnini has been involved with the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors for over 26 years and is a past Board Member responsible for Public Relations, Education and Scholarships. She has taught LUTCF courses from the American College for the insurance professionals in NW Arkansas and through NAIFA worked on funding projects for a scholarship with the University of Arkansas for Finance and Insurance Majors. She was the guest speaker at the first annual Sam M. Walton College of Business Scholarship Luncheon at the University of Arkansas in 2006. She is currently working in their family business, handling pension plan administration, and providing life insurance products and services, for individuals and businesses.
Robin has been involved with the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas “Girls of Promise” event for NW Arkansas in charge of recruitment and registration. She was also invited and attended the White House Briefing on Domestic Issues for Women in 2012 through Vision 2020. Robin also is involved locally with a group of women called “Womenade” who are local women leaders who met regularly (before the pandemic) and are devoted to doing projects and fundraisers for women and girls needs.
Guadagnini was also the guest speaker at the first annual Sam M. Walton College of Business Scholarship Luncheon at the University of Arkansas on November 10, 2006.
When diagnosed with Breast Cancer in 2002 at the age of 41, Guadagnini realized the importance of early detection. While working with Komen Ozark Race for the Cure (most recently the past 2 years as the Local Sponsor Liaison) she has been asked to share her story on TV, in a national magazine, and wrote an op-ed for the State newspaper. By sharing her story and speaking out on the importance of early detection she has become an advocate for women’s health issues and specifically breast cancer imaging and early detection. In 2009 she was the only representative for Arkansas and the only Breast Cancer survivor to speak on Capitol Hill regarding the importance of early detection being available to all, including rural states that was being cut from the Health Care Bill. She also was the Hospitality Coordinator for Casting for Recovery (teaching breast cancer survivors how to fly fish) starting with the first retreat through 2012. From 2004-2010 she was on the Ozark Komen Race for the Cure Steering committee as Sponsor Recruiter and then Sponsor Liaison.
For their Vision 2020 project, Guadagnini and Dr. Danna Grear started MEE (Mentoring and Empowering by Experience) Career Café as a program in the local Jr. High to bring in different career leaders (mostly women) to inform the students on their career, and the options and paths taken to achieve where they are today. An informal “café” setting was used to help promote questions and answers. The program became so popular that it was taken in house with and handled by their Career Teachers. Guadagnini then made her Vision 2020 project a “Girls Who Code Club” set up with one of the local Jr. Highs. When Covid hit, the club went to remote meetings and projects done remotely.