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    Dr. Randal Pinkett has established himself as an entrepreneur, speaker, author and community servant. He is the founder, chairman and CEO of BCT Partners, a multimillion-dollar consulting firm based in Newark, NJ, that specializes in program management, information technology and public policy. BCT Partners is a minority-owned and operated company and one of the leading firms in the country with expertise in the following industries: housing and community development, economic development, healthcare, human services and education. Dr. Pinkett was also named the winner of NBC’s hit reality television show, The Apprentice, with Donald Drumpf. He was selected as one of 18 candidates chosen from among 1 million applicants to compete for the opportunity to run one of Donald Drumpf’s companies.

    Prior to founding BCT Partners, Dr. Pinkett gained corporate experience as a Member of Technical Staff at General Electric, AT&T Bell Laboratories, and Lucent Technologies. Dr. Pinkett holds five degrees including: a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University, that he completed while serving as captain of the men′s track and field team as a high jumper and long jumper; a Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of Oxford in England; and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, MBA, and Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). In 2009, Dr. Pinkett was named to New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine’s official shortlist as a potential running mate for Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey.

    Dr. Pinkett has received numerous awards including the following: National Society of Black Engineers–Entrepreneur of the Year Award, National Urban League–Business Excellence Award, Information Technology Senior Management Forum–Beacon Award, and he has been recognized by USA TODAY newspaper as one of the top 20 scholars in the country.

    Also, Dr. Pinkett has been featured on nationally televised programs such as The Today Show, Live with Regis and Kelly, Nightline and Larry King Live. He has served as a brand ambassador for Verizon Communications and Outback Steakhouse, and as a national spokesperson for Autism Speaks, the National Black MBA Association, the Miller Urban Entrepreneurs Series, New Jersey Reads, Junior Achievement of New York, and the Minority Information Technology Consortium. Most notably, Dr. Pinkett was the first and only African-American to receive a Rhodes Scholarship at Rutgers University.

    Dr. Pinkett is a highly sought-after speaker for various corporations, colleges and universities, government agencies and community organizations. He is the author of Campus CEO: The Student Entrepreneur’s Guide to Launching a Multimillion-Dollar Business and No-Money Down CEO: How to Start Your Dream Business with Little or No Cash. His latest book, Black Faces in White Places: 10 Game-Changing Strategies to Achieve Success and Find Greatness, presents the ten strategies African Americans use to successfully navigate today’s rapidly changing professional landscape.

    Dr. Pinkett is a proud graduate of Leadership New Jersey and the Rockefeller Foundation’s Next Generation Leadership program. He is member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated, the National Society of Black Engineers (NBSE), The National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA), the Information Technology Senior Management Forum (ITSMF), and Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA), and has served on the board of directors for the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA), The New Jersey Public Policy Research Institute (NJPPRI), the Nonprofit Technology Enterprise Network (N-TEN) and the National Visionary Leadership Project (NVLP).

    Dr. Pinkett firmly believes that “to whom much is given, much is expected,” so throughout his endeavors he places great emphasis on his desire to give back to the community.


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    Suggested Programs:

    Campus CEO: The Student Entrepreneur’s guide to launching a multi-million dollar business

  • Black Faces in White Places: 10 Steps for African-Americans looking to redefine the game
  • Narrowing the Digital Divide: The potential and the limits of the U.S. community technology movement.


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    Colleges and Universities
    Duke University
    Alabama A&M University
    Tennessee State University
    Spelman College
    New York University
    Morehouse College
    Georgia Tech
    Rutgers University
    MIT
    Princeton University

    Corporations
    Wal-Mart
    Ford Motor Company
    Pepsi
    General Electric
    Prudential Financial
    Miller Urban Entrepreneurs Series
    Hewlett-Packard Company
    Macy′s
    Dell

    Government and Nonprofit
    United Way
    U.S. Small Business Administration
    National Minority Supplier Development Council
    National Black MBA Association
    National Society of Black Engineers
    U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development
    Jack and Jill of America
    Junior Achievement




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    Colleges and Universities
    Duke University
    Alabama A&M University
    Tennessee State University
    Spelman College
    New York University
    Morehouse College
    Georgia Tech
    Rutgers University
    MIT
    Princeton University

    Corporations
    Wal-Mart
    Ford Motor Company
    Pepsi
    General Electric
    Prudential Financial
    Miller Urban Entrepreneurs Series
    Hewlett-Packard Company
    Macy′s
    Dell

    Government and Nonprofit
    United Way
    U.S. Small Business Administration
    National Minority Supplier Development Council
    National Black MBA Association
    National Society of Black Engineers
    U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development
    Jack and Jill of America
    Junior Achievement


    Black Faces in White Places: 10 Game-Changing Strategies to Achieve Success and Find Greatness
    As an African American, you’ve heard the adage that you need to work twice as hard as white counterparts to succeed. So you play “the game” and anticipate being rewarded for your talents and hard work. Now you’re up for a prized promotion, landmark business deal, or other professional breakthrough—this is your moment….

    It’s at this point that many African-American professionals experience a “black faces in white places” moment: a point at which it becomes all too clear that just playing well isn’t enough— because the rules can change on you in a heartbeat. This scenario plays out countless times each day in American workplaces, and for Randal Pinkett it played out on national television—when Pinkett’s seemingly storybook ending during the finale of The Apprentice was about to get an unexpected twist.

    Black Faces in White Places is about that very game—the one played in the competitive world in which we all live and work. While exploring the ideals and realities of identity, meritocracy, opportunity, and society, the book lays out ten concrete strategies to help you become a “game changer.” The ten strategies will advance you to the next level of personal and professional success and unleash the greatness that lies within you.

    Along the way, you will:

    • Learn how to use your ethnicity as an asset
    • Expand yourself beyond your comfort zone
    • Recognize and demonstrate the four facets of excellence
    • Build beneficial relationships and powerful networks
    • Identify different mentors and learn from others’ experiences
    • Discover ways of working with others to facilitate collective action
    • And much more

    The book also examines social responsibility, institution building, and longstanding traditions of giving throughout African-American culture and history.

    Based on interviews with dozens of prominent African Americans and the authors’ considerable experience in business, in the public eye, and in the minority, Black Faces in White Places shows how as an African-American professional you can (and must) think and act both entrepreneurially and “intrapreneurially”; combine the strengths of your peers with the wisdom of others; and plant the seeds of a positive and lasting legacy.
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    Campus CEO: The Student Entrepreneur′s Guide to Launching a Multi-Million-Dollar Business
    Every year, hundreds of thousands of students in the U.S. enter college totally clueless as to their choice of a major, and even less sure about what they will do with the rest of their lives. But for a growing number of students, the financial pressures of college are far more taxing than the academic rigors of campus life. As a result, many students rely heavily on financial aid, loans, part-time jobs, strict budgets, and whatever money their parents can afford to send them. Many students take dead-end jobs with no relevance to their college programs, while others even work on a full-time basis—sacrificing grades for dollars—and unwittingly setting themselves up to become college drop-outs.

    However, students don’t have to suffer through a penniless college existence, nor must they wait until after graduation to find a career and make money. Instead, they can generate income by launching their own businesses while on campus, taking advantage of the period in their lives during which any number of once-in-a-lifetime perks and resources are readily available to them. The Campus CEO walks any would-be entrepreneur through all the necessary steps to launching a profitable, campus-based business, while simultaneously achieving academic success. Regardless of major, background, or area of interest, readers of The Campus CEO will learn how to turn their academic and professional dreams into reality.

    Features:

    • How to develop a successful business plan, secure funding, maintain a healthy balance between work and school, and manage a successful endeavor
    • How and where to find the many perks hidden away on college campuses
    • How to achieve both entrepreneurial and academic success

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    Suggested Programs:

    Campus CEO: The Student Entrepreneur’s guide to launching a multi-million dollar business

  • Black Faces in White Places: 10 Steps for African-Americans looking to redefine the game
  • Narrowing the Digital Divide: The potential and the limits of the U.S. community technology movement.


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