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Dr. Pinkett is a nationally recognized speaker and author who has addressed audiences nationwide, including corporate professionals, entrepreneurs, educators, government officials, youth, and community leaders. In addition, he has appeared numerous times on networks such as MSNBC, CNN, and Fox Business News as an expert on topics ranging from business and politics to diversity and inclusion to technology and innovation. 

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As a well-known advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion, Randal has been helping leaders around the globe identify and find solutions in the workforce, workplace, marketplace, and community.  In addition to his speaking engagements, he launched a video called “Candid Conversations with a Black: 7 Myths of Racial Equity,” a series of webinars named “CEO 2 CEO:  A Path Forward — If Not Now, Then, When Does Race Matter?,” and, in partnership with Leadership Essentials by HarperCollins Leadership, a learning series called, “How to Lead Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Efforts.”


In 2022, Dr. Pinkett will release his tenth and eleventh books; Black Faces in High Places: 10 Strategic Actions to Reach the Top and Stay There, co-authored with Dr. Jeffrey Robinson, and 7 Myths of Racial Equity (tentative title).  He has previously written or co-written nine books, including Black Faces in White Places, Campus CEO, and No-Money Down CEO.  In addition, Randal is a Rhodes Scholar who holds five academic degrees from Rutgers, Oxford, and MIT and is the publisher of several scholarly papers.

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Television and Radio

  • CNN

  • PBS-CEO Exchange

  • BET

  • ABC

  • Fox News

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


  • Wal-Mart

  • Ford Motor Company

  • Pepsi

  • General Electric

  • Prudential Financial

  • Miller Urban Entrepreneurs

  • Hewlett-Packard Company

  • Macy's

  • Dell

Government and Nonprofit

  • United Way

  • U.S. Small Business

  • National Minority Supplier
    Development Council

  • National Black MBA

  • National Society of Black

  • U.S. Dept. of Housing and
    Urban Development

  • Jack and Jill of America

  • Junior Achievement

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Below is a partial list of clients and media outlets that have featured Randal.


Dr. Pinkett is a regular media personality on MSNBC, CNN and Fox Business News.

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Dr. Pinkett's latest video is designed to help business leaders develop strategies to achieve greater diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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Dr. Pinkett is a keynote speaker at 

numerous events and conferences.



Upcoming Engagements and Appearances




10 Strategic Actions for Black Professionals to Reach the Top and Stay There

In 2010, Dr. Pinkett and Dr. Jeffrey Robinson wrote their first book together, Black Faces in White Places: 10 Game-Changing Strategies to Achieve Success and Find Greatness. It was about rising to the top and navigating professional environments to make a positive impact on community and society. They encouraged their Black readers to see their ethnicity as an asset and not a liability; take charge of their careers; establish their circle of influence; and be strategic in developing their career path, entrepreneurial journey, or agenda for change.

This follow-up book charts the path for those who are in the middle of their career or in the growth phase of their business or organization. It draws on the life lessons and professional experiences of Black women and men who have successfully made the climb to become a Black face in a high place navigated success and remained at the top of their profession.  You can preorder the book here.

Upcoming Book to Launch in September 2022

Data-Driven DEI

Successful professionals know that diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) are essential to being competitive and being a leader in the global and diverse marketplace of the 21st century. Successful companies recognize that DEI is a source of competitive advantage and a key enabler for growth. Despite the clear and compelling value of DEI, many individuals have tremendous difficulty raising awareness of their biases, mitigating them, navigating differences, and demonstrating the underlying behaviors of inclusion, despite their best intentions. Many organizations struggle to build DEI into their values and culture, despite the significant investments they have made. Fortunately, modern innovations that are data-driven, science-based and technology-enabled, have opened new possibilities to change human behavior and foster DEI in ways that deliver tangible benefits and achieve lasting impact that can be tied directly to performance metrics. Data-Driven DEI offers a practical and proven approach for professionals at all levels – individual contributors, supervisors and executives – to fully leverage the power of data and transform themselves and their organizations to becoming more authentically diverse, equitable and inclusive.

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Black Faces in Whites Places: 10 Game-Changing Strategies to Achieve Success and Find Greatness (Paperback)

By Dr. Randal Pinkett and Dr. Jeffrey Robinson with Ms. Philana Patterson

Publisher: HarperCollins Leadership

Click here to order a copy >

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Campus CEO: The Student Entrepreneur's Guide to Launching a Multimillion Dollar Business

By Dr. Randal Pinkett
Publisher: Kaplan

Click here to order a copy >

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No-Money Down CEO: How to Start Your Dream Business with Little or No Cash
(Audio Business Course)

By Dr. Randal Pinkett
(Hosted by Jon Ward)

Click here to order a copy >

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Universal Usability: Designing Computer Interfaces for Diverse Users

Chapter: The Creating Community Connections Project: Social and Cultural Approaches for Engaging Low-Income Communities

Citation: Pinkett, Randal D. (2007). The Creating Community Connections

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The Network Society: A Cross-cultural Perspective


Chapter: Narrowing the Digital Divide: The Potential and Limits of the US Community Technology Movement

Citation: Pinkett, Randal D. & Servon, Lisa. (2004). Narrowing the Digital Divide: The Potential and Limits of the US Community Technology Movement. In Castells, M. (Ed.), The Network Society: A Cross-cultural Perspective. Cheltenham, Glos: Edward Elgar Publishing, Ltd.

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Journey to the Ph.D.: How to Navigate the Process as African Americans

Chapter: Five Degrees and a Ph.D.: Positive Detours Along the Path to the DoctorateMovement

Citation: Pinkett, Randal D. (2003). Five Degrees and a Ph.D.: Positive Detours Along the Path to the Doctorate. To appear in Green, A. & Scott, L. (Eds.), Journey to the Ph.D.: How to Navigate the Process as African Americans. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing, LLC.

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Community Practice in the Network Society: Local Action/Global Interaction

Chapter: An Asset-Based Approach to Community Building and Community Technology

Citation: Pinkett, Randal D. & Turner, Nicol E. (2003). An Asset-Based Approach to Community Building and Community Technology. To appear in Day, P. & Schuler, D. (Ed.), Community Practice in the Network Society: Local Action/Global Interaction. London, England: Routledge.

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Young, Gifted & Entrepreneurs: Success Stories from the Prudential Young Entrepreneur Program

Chapter: Foreword

Citation: Pinkett, Randal D. (2007). Foreword. In Wilson, E. & Truitt, D. (Eds.), Young, Gifted & Entrepreneurs: Success Stories from the Prudential Young Entrepreneur Program. New York, NY: R.J. Communications