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Dr. Randal Pinkett
May 2014

Elevate your game

Dear Friends:

We continue our focus on "awareness months," or months during which causes are championed and events celebrated. May promotes the awareness of a number of causes, including Physical Fitness, Lupus Awareness and Family Support Month. In this issue, we highlight Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM).

May marks the celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. The term "Asian-Pacific" encompasses the continent of Asia and the Pacific islands of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia. Like most commemorative months, Asian-Pacific Heritage Month originated in a congressional bill. In June 1977, Reps. Frank Horton of New York and Norman Y. Mineta of California introduced a House resolution that called upon the President to proclaim the first ten days of May as Asian-Pacific Heritage Week. The following month, senators Daniel Inouye and Spark Matsunaga introduced a similar bill in the Senate. Fifteen years later, in 1992, the official designation of May as Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month was signed into law. The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States in 1843 and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869, a landmark project completed primarily by Chinese immigrants.

Fast forward to today, and we continue to see the impact of prominent Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the areas of business, government, media, sports, and fashion. Consider Ming E. Chang, a retired rear admiral in the U.S. Navy and former vice president and corporate director at Raytheon International; Ann Curry, a respected journalist and former news anchor on NBC's The Today Show; Bobby Jindal, Governor of Louisiana and a fellow Rhodes Scholar; Troy Polamalu, a preeminent player in the NFL; and Vera Wang, a world-renowned fashion designer.

So, as we reflect on APAHM, let us remember the game-changing achievements of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who have opened doors and created amazing opportunities for those who follow and aspire to achieve greatness.

Peace and blessings,



Randal Pinkett, Ph.D., Comes to ESU for Symposium

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Lisa Hasegawa Honored By Japanese American Citizens League

Lisa Hasegawa is a dear friend and esteemed colleague with whom I shared the honor of being a part of the fifth and final cohort of the Rockefeller Foundation’s Next Generation Leadership (NGL) Fellowship, a program created by The Rockefeller Foundation out of a commitment to building a stronger, more sustainable democracy for the United States. An accomplished business leader and tireless advocate for the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community, Lisa was honored by The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) with its National Outstanding Leadership Award. She currently serves as Executive Director of the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD), the first national advocacy organization dedicated to addressing the community development, organizing and advocacy needs of the diverse and rapidly growing AAPI communities nationwide. Prior to joining the National CAPACD, Lisa served as Community Liaison for the White House Initiative on AAPIs where she worked to involve and inform AAPI community groups across the country about Initiative activities. She also worked for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Office of Minority Health (OMH). A fourth generation Japanese American from California, Lisa is a graduate of UCLA and Harvard’s School of Public Health.

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National CAPACD: A Powerful Voice for the AAPI Community

The National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD) is the first national advocacy organization dedicated to addressing the housing, community and economic development needs of diverse and growing Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. Founded in 1999 by established community development practitioners to be a voice for the community development needs of the AAPI communities and to strengthen the capacity of community based organizations to create neighborhoods of hope and opportunities, the National CAPACD was designated as the first and only AAPI-serving HUD housing counseling intermediary. National CAPACD’s member-based network includes more than 100 community-based organizations and individuals, including community development corporations, preservation agencies, community-based social service providers, advocacy agencies, as well as national intermediaries and financial institutions. With members in 17 states, the organization works to implement innovative affordable housing, community development and community organizing strategies to improve the well-being of low-income AAPIs.

To learn more about National CAPACD, visit www.nationalcapacd.org.


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.

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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) 2012 Randal Pinkett, LLC. All rights reserved. For further information, visit us at www.randalpinkett.com. For speaking engagements and appearances inquiries, please contact Mrs. Michon Barnes at 678.637.5064 or mbarnes@bctpartners.com.

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