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Dr. Randal Pinkett
May 26, 2011

Elevate your game

Dear Friends,

Much has transpired in the last several months including the kick-off of the Redefine the Game National Town Hall Tour  inspired by my latest book Black Faces in White Places: 10 Game-Changing Strategies to Achieve Success and Find Greatness, co-authored by Dr. Jeffrey Robinson with Ms. Philana Patterson. The impetus for this tour is to foster dialogue and “solutions” around issues concerning race in the American workplace and society.

Although our book deals head-on with race relations, it was not anticipated that Donald Trump would invoke my name, of all names, to defend himself recently against claims of racism, following his pursuit of the “birther” issue, his questioning the legitimacy of President Obama’s Harvard education, and his assertion of having a good relationship with “the blacks.” After eleven seasons, I remain the sole person of color to emerge a victor on his reality TV show, The Apprentice. Secondly, in the midst of my victory, I was and still remain the only winner to have been asked to share the title with the runner-up. For these reasons, not only is my victory an inappropriate reference, it can be easily perceived as a contradictory one.

In light of the fact that Donald and I have generally had a great relationship over the years, I personally called him a few weeks ago to let him know that I found his behavior to be offensive while offering constructive criticism to heighten his awareness and sensitivity regarding how his actions were being perceived.  I believe my message was generally well received by Donald but, above all, I applaud him for his willingness to have the conversation.

One of our core messages in Black Faces in White Places is that we – as a society – must engage in dialogue that educates without alienating; and facilitates deeper understanding, as opposed to defensiveness. The latter gets us nowhere.  I believe that we all have a responsibility to challenge behavior that is perceived as insensitive and alienating to others.  That is the only way progress can be made.

Peace and blessings,



Randal, Brand Ambassador for Amtrak Acela

Randal speaks at the citadel of free speech, The City Club of Cleveland

Listen to Randal Pinkett's First Public Statements About Donald Trump And The Issue Of Race on the Tom Joyner Morning Show Book Review: Black Faces in White Places by Dr. Randal Pinkett
Senator recognizes New Jersey Black Americans


TV ShOws That Changed the Game

Books That Inspired Black Faces in White Places

Photos That Changed the Game
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Movies That Changed the Game

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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


Diverse Worldview

We tend to associate with people that are like us.  The danger of “communities of the like-minded” is that, as a result, we can become more prone to produce stereotypes and assumptions about those who are not like us.

The irony of the increasing diversity within our society – as America becomes a majority of minorities by the year 2050 – is that if all that does is drive us deeper into our communities of the like-minded, then not only do we undermine the benefits of our diversity – which has always been a strength for America – but we also further compromise our country’s competitiveness.  In the absence of real dialogue, and real interactions, and real understanding that breaks down the walls that separate us, our inequalities will persist and even larger segments of our population will be denied certain opportunities because the playing field of “the game” – or the competitive world in which we all live and work – is still not a level one.

So the solution does not lie in Blacks learning more about Whites, or Native Americans learning more about Latinos, or even whites learning more about Blacks, but in all of us learning more about each other.  Black Faces in White Places encourages people to strive to make a difference for all diverse groups in our increasingly multicultural, multi-ethnic world.  Similarly, according to BlackEnterprise.com, these 7 diversity professionals are changing the game and represent shining examples of what is possible!


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
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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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