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Dr. Randal Pinkett
May 26, 2011

Elevate your game

Dear Friends,

If you’re a parent of a school-age child like my wife and me, then the school year – with “back to school” night and parent-teacher conferences and the like – can be a reminder of the role, importance, and value of learning.  Growing up, I was always told, “You should learn something new everyday,” and I wholeheartedly agree.

Those of you who are familiar with my background know that I have plenty of formal education with five academic degrees from Rutgers, Oxford, and MIT.  But it may come as a surprise to some that I place the most value on what I learn through my everyday experiences.  “Experience is the best teacher” and it can come in a multitude of forms: educational experience, work experience, observational experience, life experience, and many more.

Needless to say, ever since I completed my Ph.D. studies ten years ago, I have tended to shy away from experiences that take me back into the classroom (12 years of post-secondary education clearly affected me!).  So when I was recently nominated to attend the National Minority Supplier Development Council’s (NMSDC’s) Advanced Management Education Program (AMEP) at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management – a weeklong executive education course for high-growth entrepreneurs – I was reticent if not skeptical at best.  But the program came highly recommended and someone I know personally and have great respect for, Dr. James Lowry,  directs the program.  After much discussion with my business partner, Lawrence Hibbert, who also serves as President of BCT Partners, I decided to give it a try and I am eternally grateful to one of our clients, Pfizer, for nominating me!

From high quality material to networking with experienced entrepreneurs, AMEP was well worth the investment.  But most importantly, it reminded me of the importance and value of learning—lifelong learning.  For you, learning doesn’t have to come from a formal educational program.  It could come from a book, a lecture, a seminar, an article, a blog posting, or simply taking the time to reflect on the lessons from your life’s experiences.  Regardless of the form it takes, as we enter a new school year I encourage you to do what students across the globe are doing as you read this e-Newsletter—learn something new today and everyday!

Peace and blessings,



Kam Williams Interviews Randal Pinkett

Randal inducted into the CoSIDA Academic All-America Hall of Fame

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Senator recognizes New Jersey Black Americans


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Learn more about my management and technology consulting firm, BCT Partners.

CEO Exchange with Dr. Randal Pinkett features Heritage Link Brands

PBS’ CEO Exchange Correspondent Randal Pinkett profiles Campus CEOs Khary and Selena Cuffe who talk about Harvard Business School and how they became the official importers of the South African Black Vintners Alliance. Click here for video.


JI Group Achiever Award Recipients
(l to r): Jeffrey Robinson, Randal Pinkett, and Ron Claiborne, ABC News Anchor

Randal on BET’s “Weekly with Ed Gordon”

  Authors Randal and Jeffrey sign books at the Black Enterprise and JI Group sponsored Tour Kick-off


Black to Business

In an economic crisis, creating more jobs becomes the order of the day. The creation of more jobs necessitates the creation of more businesses and innovation within those organizations. But students and near-graduates need not wait to be hired. My book, Campus CEO, gives students the tools to launch and build a multi-million dollar business, hire themselves and become part of the solution by creating jobs. In fact, my colleagues and I were “Campus CEOs” and, today, our company, BCT Partners, is a multi-million-dollar consulting firm.

If education is “key”, then the “door” is entrepreneurship. We applaud Khary and Selena Cuffe of Heritage Link Brands, whose business I profiled over 5 years ago. They began as student entrepreneurs, becoming the official importers of the South African Black Vintners Alliance, and, today, their company is listed as one of The Wine Industry's Best Black-Owned Businesses. Bravo!

Black Faces in White Places
Black Faces in White Places: 10 Game-Changing Strategies to Achieve Success and Find Greatness offers ten revolutionary strategies for learning, playing, and changing “the game”--that is, the world in which we all live and work--for the current generation, while undertaking a wholesale redefinition of the rules for those who will follow. It is not only about shattering the old “glass ceiling,” but also about reconsidering the four dimensions of the black experience: identity, society, meritocracy, and opportunity. Ultimately, it may be about changing the very concept of success itself.

Available: Now
Buy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

No-Money Down CEO
No-Money Down CEO: How to Start Your Dream Business with Little or No Cash explodes the myth that you have to have a lot of money or need an outside investor to pursue your dream. This action-learning, audio business course offers a comprehensive step-by-step plan for launching your business with little to no cash. Listen as Randal offers insider's tips, tools and techniques that will put you on the fast track to becoming a successful CEO.

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Campus CEO
Campus CEO: The Student Entrepreneurs Guide to Launching a Multimillion-Dollar Business 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 Campus CEO will learn how to turn their academic and professional dreams into reality.

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Dr. Randal Pinkett has established himself as an entrepreneur, speaker, writer, scholar and community servant. He is the Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO of BCT Partners, a multimillion-dollar management, technology and policy-consulting firm based in Newark, NJ. A sought after public speaker and advocate for numerous corporate, youth and community groups, Dr. Pinkett 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. Notably, Dr. Pinkett made history as the first African-American ever to receive a Rhodes Scholarship at Rutgers University and firmly believes in the mantra "for those to whom much is given, much is expected."

The "Elevate Your Game" monthly e-Newsletter is published by Dr. Randal Pinkett. Copyright (c) 2009 Randal Pinkett, LLC. All rights reserved. For further information, visit us at www.randalpinkett.com or call 201.618.1101. For business, publicity and media inquires, please contact Ms. April Peters at 973.622.0900 x103 or apeters@bctpartners.com.

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