'Apprentice' winner to open annual leadership conference Feb. 3

Posted: Thursday, 12 January 2012

TROY—An entrepreneur who gained national recognition on the popular reality TV show "The Apprentice" will kick off the 11th annual Leadership Conference Celebrating African-American History Month Feb. 3 at Troy University.

The opening session is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Trojan Center Theatre on the Troy Campus.

Randal Pinkett, co-founder, chairman and chief executive officer of BCT Partners, a management, technology and consulting firm, will deliver the opening address beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Trojan Center on the Troy Campus. Dr. Pinkett was the season four winner of "The Apprentice" with Donald Trump.

Dr. Pinkett has been featured on nationally televised programs such as The Today Show, Live with Regis and Kelly, and CNN, as well as featured in Parade magazine, The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Boston Globe. He has re-appeared on The Apprentice as a boardroom advisor and is a regular segment host for CEO Exchange on PBS.

A self-described "serial entrepreneur" who began his first business venture while in college, Dr. Pinkett is the author of "Campus CEO: The Student Entrepreneur's Guide to Launching a Multimillion-Dollar Business." Dr. Pinkett holds five academic degrees, including a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Rutgers University and a Ph.D. from MIT Media Laboratory. He was the first African-American to receive a Rhodes Scholarship at Rutgers, which led to a master's degree in computer science from Oxford University.

The conference, which is scheduled for Feb. 3-4 and is sponsored by Troy University and the City of Troy, provides information to enhance the quality of leadership and civic participation of community leaders, area residents and university students. Major sponsors of the conference since its inception have been the ministry of Reverend S. D. James and Wal-Mart. Pike County Commissioner Homer Wright is serving as chair of this year's conference.

To register for the conference, please visit http://troy.troy.edu/leadershipconference/or contact Barbara Patterson at 334-670-3204. The cost to attend the conference is $30.