Nationally distinguished as the only African American to receive the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship at Rutgers University, Dr. Pinkett was selected among over one million applicants to compete for the opportunity to run one of Donald Trump’s companies as part of 'The Apprentice', the reality television show. He earned that opportunity with his victory in 2005.
Dr. Pinkett has been recognized by USA TODAY newspaper as one of the top 20 scholars in the country, and was featured on nationally televised programs such as The Today Show, Live with Kelly and Michael and Nightline. Governor Jon Corzine (D-NJ) identified Dr. Pinkett on his political shortlist as a running mate in New Jersey gubernatorial campaign.
Dr. Pinkett successfully launched the “Campaign to Redefine the Game,” which represents a call to action for Americans to level the playing field in the 21st century workplace. He is one of the most highly sought-after keynote speakers in the nation. Dr. Pinkett is the author of several books including 'Black Faces in White Places' (10 Best Books of 2010); 'No-Money Down CEO: How to Start Your Dream Business with Little or No Cash' and 'Campus CEO: The Student Entrepreneur’s Guide to Launching a Multimillion-Dollar Business'.
Revered for his contributions to the world of information technology, Dr. Pinkett received the Information Technology Senior Management Forum’s Beacon Award, the National Society of Black Engineers’ Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and the National Urban League’s Business Excellence Award. He served as a brand ambassador for AMTRAK, Verizon Communications, and Outback Steakhouse. He has also served as a national spokesperson for Autism Speaks, National Black MBA Association, MillerCoors Urban Entrepreneurs Series, New Jersey Reads, Junior Achievement of New York, Minority Information Technology Consortium and Black Data Processing Associates.