Black Faces in High Places – HarperCollins Leadership Essentials

The Essential Guide for Black Professionals Who are Moving Up through their Organizations

Black Faces in High Places highlights the experiences of other Black faces in high places who were able to navigate various crossroads, reach the top, and stay there, including insights from President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Cathy Hughes, Bob Johnson, Ursula Burns, David Steward, Angela Glover Blackwell, Ken Chenault, Senator Cory Booker, Geoffrey Canada, and others.

A timely resource for Black professionals on how to rise to the top of their organizations or industries and, just as importantly, to stay there.

This Groundbreaking Resource will:

Provide a lens into the careers of other prominent figures, across several industries and sectors.

Identify the 10 strategic actions successful Black leaders and executives must take.

Empower you with models and steps to follow these 10 strategic actions on their own journeys to becoming a prominent leader.

Outlines the unique challenges that come with a leadership role and how to overcome them.

Walks you through the changes in mindset, skillset, and toolset required to travel along the success path while helping others at every step along the way.

Reach the Top & Stay There

Order the book today to learn the roadmap.

Meet the Authors

Randal Pinkett, Ph.D., MBA, has established himself as an entrepreneur, speaker, author and scholar. He is the co-founder, chairman and CEO of BCT Partners, a global, multimillion-dollar research, training, consulting, technology, and data analytics firm. BCT’s mission is to provide insights about diverse people that lead to equity. The company has been recognized by Forbes as one of America’s Best Management Consulting Firms, Ernst & Young as EY Entrepreneur of the Year, Manage HR Magazine as a Top 10 Firm for Diversity & Inclusion, the Black Enterprise BE100s list of the nation’s largest African American-owned businesses, and the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America. He is an expert in several areas relating to emerging technologies, “big data” analytics, social innovation, culture, diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), and is a regular contributor on MSNBC, CNN, and Fox Business News. He holds five academic degrees in electrical engineering, computer science and business administration from Rutgers, Oxford and MIT. Most notably, he was the first and only African-American to receive the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship at Rutgers University; he was inducted to the Academic All-America Hall of Fame, as a former high jumper, long jumper, sprinter and captain of the Rutgers men’s track and field team; and he was the winner of NBC’s hit reality television show, “The Apprentice.” A lifetime member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated, he is happily married to Natasha Williams-Pinkett and the proud father of two daughters, Amira and Aniyah, and two sons, Jaz and Marquis.


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 the Prudential Chair in Business and the Academic Director of The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship & Economic Development and Director of Special Program of the Rutgers Advanced Institute for the Study of Entrepreneurship and Development. Through his research, business leadership and community activities he makes direct impacts on corporate workplaces, entrepreneurs and economic development policy in the state of New Jersey and beyond. Dr. Robinson has completed five degrees in the areas of engineering, urban studies and business. At Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, he completed a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies at Rutgers College and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering at Rutgers School of Engineering. He has a Master of Science in Civil Engineering Management from Georgia Institute of Technology as a GEM Fellow and an M. Phil. and a Ph.D. in Management and Organizations from Columbia University's Graduate School of Business. Dr. Robinson is an active member of the community and volunteers his time with many worthy causes. He works with various community organizations to empower, educate, and encourage others.