Black Faces in White Places

10 Game-Changing Strategies to Achieve Success and Find Greatness

 Black Faces in White Places

Authors: Randal Pinkett, Jeffrey Robinson, Philana Patterson
Pub Date: October 2010
Print Edition: $24.95
Print ISBN: 9780814416808
Page Count: 288
Format: Hardback
e-Book ISBN: 9780814416815

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About the Authors

Dr. Randal Pinkett has established himself as an entrepreneur, scholar, author and speaker. He is the chairman and CEO of BCT Partners, a multimillion-dollar consulting firm based in Newark, NJ, that specializes in information technology, organizational development and public policy.

Dr. Pinkett was the season four winner of NBC’s hit reality television show, The Apprentice, the first and only African-American winner. A sought-after speaker for corporate, government and community groups, he has appeared on CNN, Fox, The Today Show, and Nightline. In 2009, he was named to NJ Governor Jon Corzine’s official shortlist as a potential running mate for Lt. Governor. 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.

Dr. Pinkett is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated, the National Society of Black Engineers, the National Black MBA Association, the Information Technology Senior Management Forum, and Black Data Processing Associates, and a member of the board of directors for the NJ Economic Development Authority, NJ Public Policy Research Institute, the Nonprofit Technology Enterprise Network, and the National Visionary Leadership Project. He is also a spokesperson for Autism Speaks, NJ Reads, Junior Achievement of NY, and the Minority Information Technology Consortium.

Dr. Pinkett holds five degrees including: a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University where he competed on the 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, Master of Business Administration, and Doctor of Philosophy in Media Arts and Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also received an honorary doctorate from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Most notably, he was the first and only African-American at Rutgers to receive a Rhodes Scholarship.

Born in Philadelphia and raised in New Jersey, Dr. Pinkett attends First Baptist Church. He is happily married to his wife, Zahara, and they are both proud parents of their daughter, Amira. He firmly believes that “for those 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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Jeffrey A. Robinson, Ph.D. is an award-winning business school professor, international speaker and entrepreneur. Since 2008 he has been a leading faculty member at Rutgers Business School, where he is an assistant professor of management and entrepreneurship and the founding Assistant Director of The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship & Economic Development. The Center is a unique interdisciplinary venue for innovative thinking and research on entrepreneurial activity and economic development in urban environments.

Dr. Robinson’s research examines how business practices and entrepreneurship can shape societal issues, with particular emphasis on community and economic development issues for urban metropolitan areas in the United States and abroad. He is the author of books and articles on such topics as social entrepreneurship, African American women in entrepreneurship, and Black unemployment. In 2007, he received the Aspen Institute’s Social Impact Faculty Pioneer Award for his research, service and teaching activities at the intersection of business and society.

Dr. Robinson is a sought after speaker, author and media commentator appearing on Dateline NBC and NBC Nightly News, PBS, NJN News, NJBIZ, and in The Star-Ledger and The New York Times. He has been the keynote speaker at international events and conferences in Shanghai, Lagos, and London and invited to present his work on six continents.

Dr. Robinson is co-founder and member of the Advisory Board of BCT Partners, which provides management, technology and policy consulting to non-profits, foundations, corporations and government entities as they plan and implement change strategies to improve organizational effectiveness. In 2008, he and his wife Valerie Mason-Robinson opened Eden Organix, a day spa and retailer of organic skin and beauty products in Highland Park, New Jersey that has been recognized by New Jersey Magazine as one of the 10 best spas in the New Jersey.

Dr. Robinson has completed five academic degrees in the areas of engineering, urban studies and management including a Doctor of Philosophy in Management and Organizations from Columbia Business School. He lives in Piscataway, New Jersey with his wife, Valerie, and their three children.

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Philana Patterson is an editor in the Business News department of the Associated Press in New York. Prior to joining the AP in 2007, Patterson worked as Interactive Media Editor at Black Enterprise magazine and

In her more than 15 years as a journalist, Patterson has worked as a producer and covered the stock market for Bloomberg News, covered the retail and apparel industry for Dow Jones Newswires, worked as a business reporter and feature writer at daily newspapers in Virginia and South Carolina and has also worked as freelance writer.

Her work has appeared in publications as varied as Essence, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Baltimore Sun, The Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun-Times, Black Enterprise and The Real Deal, a New York City real estate magazine. She contributes commentary to, the first African-American focused search engine and a division of IAC/Interactive Corp.

Patterson is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and is an active member of the National Association of Black Journalists.

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