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Season 5 "The Apprentice" Will Present Lessons on Leadership


March 16, 2009

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The man Donald Trump hired in the 2005 season of NBC’s “The Apprentice” will share leadership concepts during a presentation at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).

Randal Pinkett, Season 4 winner of “The Apprentice” is the guest speaker for the “Leadership Lessons” program at 6 p.m., Monday, March 30, 2009, in Room 450 of the IUPUI Campus Center, 420 University Blvd. The event is free of charge and open to the public.

Pinkett has established himself as an entrepreneur, scholar, author and speaker. Sponsors of his IUPUI presentation include Lead IUPUI, a Campus and Community Life unit that provides leadership development programs, activities and services for IUPUI students. Pinkett represents many of the leadership qualities that Lead IUPUI strives to teach students, says Tina Samuel Powellson, CCL’s associate director for leadership development.

“Dr. Randal Pinkett has a wide breadth of experience with 5 academic degrees, a number of corporate ventures, and success as a published writer and academic scholar,” Powellson says. “Not only is he civically engaged, a high priority for IUPUI, but he has committed his time and resources to creating many social responsible businesses, participates in leadership speaking engagements, and gives back to the community.”

Pinkett is founder, chairman and CEO of BCT Partners, a multimillion dollar New Jersey-based consulting firm. BCT Partners works with corporations, government agencies and nonprofit organizations in the areas of housing and community development, economic development, human services, nonprofit and community technology, healthcare and education.

Pinkett’s five degrees include a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from Rutgers University where he was the first African American to be named a Rhodes Scholar. He also holds a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Oxford in England; and a master’s degree in electrical engineering, a MBA, and a doctorate, all from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Event sponsors include: Campus & Community Life, Multicultural Center, Black Student Union, Kelley School of Business Indianapolis Student Government, and the Entrepreneurship Club.

“Leadership Lessons” is a program designed to foster leadership skills among students by presenting an annual speaker who shares personal experiences related to his or her own leadership development.

For registration and additional information about the Pinkett event, visit .