Dr. Randal D. Pinkett
Chairman and CEO, BCT Partners
Entrepreneur, Speaker and Author
Season 4 Winner of NBC’s The Apprentice
Dr. Randal Pinkett has established himself as an entrepreneur, speaker, author and scholar, and as a leading voice for his generation in business and technology. He is the founder, chairman and CEO of his fifth venture, BCT Partners, a multimillion-dollar management consulting and information technology solutions firm headquartered in Newark, NJ.
Dr. Pinkett has received numerous awards for business and technology excellence including 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 has been featured on nationally televised programs such as The Today Show, Live with Kelly and Michael, Nightline and CNN, and he has been recognized by USA TODAY newspaper as one of the top 20 scholars in the country. In 2009, he was named to New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine’s official shortlist as a potential running mate for Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey.
Dr. Pinkett has served as a brand ambassador for AMTRAK, Verizon Communications, and Outback Steakhouse, and as a national spokesperson for Autism Speaks, the National Black MBA Association, the MillerCoors Urban Entrepreneurs Series, New Jersey Reads, Junior Achievement of New York, and the Minority Information Technology Consortium. Most notably, Dr. Pinkett was the first and only African-American to receive the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship at Rutgers University. He was also the winner of NBC’s hit reality television show, The Apprentice, with Donald Trump. He was selected as one of 18 candidates chosen from among 1 million applicants to compete for the opportunity to run one of Donald Trump’s companies.
Dr. Pinkett is a highly sought-after speaker for various corporations, colleges and universities, government agencies and community organizations. 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. His latest book, Black Faces in White Places: 10 Game-Changing Strategies to Achieve Success and Find Greatness, presents the strategies African Americans and other emerging majorities use to successfully navigate today’s rapidly changing professional landscape. Black Faces in White Places was named one of the “10 Best Books of 2010.” Based on the book’s “10 Game-Changing Strategies,” Dr. Pinkett has 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.
Dr. Pinkett is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated, the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA), the Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA), and the Information Technology Senior Management Forum (ITSMF), as well as a member of the board of directors for the New Jersey Public Policy Research Institute (NJPPRI), the Nonprofit Technology Enterprise Network (NTEN) and the National Visionary Leadership Project (NVLP). He is also a proud graduate of Leadership New Jersey and the Rockefeller Foundation’s Next Generation Leadership program.
Dr. Pinkett holds five academic degrees including: a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University, where he competed as a high jumper, long jumper, and captain of the men’s track and field team; a Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of Oxford in England; and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, MBA, and Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Born in Philadelphia and raised in New Jersey, Dr. Pinkett attends First Baptist Church in Somerset, NJ, where he resides. He is happily married to his wife, Zahara, and they are both proud parents of their daughter and two sons. Dr. Pinkett firmly believes that “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.
NBC 4 New York
Award-winning reporter Pei-Sze Cheng is a member of NBC 4 New York’s investigative unit – the I-Team where Cheng delivers in-depth coverage of topics that range from school safety, the perils of on-line drug marketplaces as well as an exposé on for-profit colleges.
Cheng, as a general assignment reporter, has covered Hurricane Irene; the Newtown Connecticut School and Empire State Building shootings; the Bernie Madoff Ponzi Scheme; the Times Square Bomb Plot, Miracle on the Hudson Airplane crash landing, the Sean Bell shooting and a feature story exposing immigration and real estate fraud in the New York area.
Cheng is the recipient of a National Emmy and Edward R. Murrow award for team-coverage of Hurricane Sandy and won a 2009 New York Emmy Award for Outstanding On-Camera Talent: General Assignment Reporter.
Cheng, who joined NBC4 in 2005, was a reporter and fill-in anchor at WFSB-TV in Hartford, Connecticut and a reporter for News 12 in Norwalk, Connecticut. Chang began her career in Woodbury, New York as a Metro Traffic and Weather reporter.
Cheng has strong ties to the Asian community and is a member of the Asian American Journalists Association. The Asian American and Pacific Islanders Association honored Cheng for her contribution to journalism at a ceremony held during Asian Heritage Month.
Cheng, a graduate from Columbia University, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.
A native of Dix Hills, N.Y., Cheng and her family live in Long Island.
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President and Chief Executive Officer
Doug Crawley serves as president and CEO of Staffing Synergies. He is responsible for the overall planning, directing, organizing and controlling of the company operations. He has over 40 years of management and related entrepreneurial and military leadership experience. He has served as an executive for two Fortune 100 companies and has previous packaging experience as an executive vice president of a multi division filling and distribution company. In addition, he is president of several other entrepreneurial and non-profit entities. He is the founder and a volunteer of the MOST (Mentoring Our Students Together) Program, which is an after school collaboration between his church and the local school district to provide mentoring, tutoring and recreational activities for students in grades four through twelve.
Doug is a veteran who served as a navigator/flight instructor in the U.S. Air Force and was discharged with the rank of Captain. During his seven years of military leadership, he flew 185 combat missions during the Vietnam Conflict. Doug brings the discipline, character and honor that earned him the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal and the Air Medal.
Doug holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics, an MBA and a Doctor of Ministry degree.
Theresa Harrison is the Director of Supplier Diversity at EY, a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. She is responsible for the management and oversight of the EY supplier diversity initiative. In this role, which she has held since June of 2004, she is responsible for the design, development and implementation of diverse supplier policies, processes, and procedures.
A recognized leader in the industry, Harrison is a frequent public speaker and works to build awareness of the importance of supplier diversity both inside and outside of EY.
She serves as First Vice Chair of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) Board of Directors and serves as Board Liaison with the WBENC Women’s Enterprise Forum. She is an active Ambassador engaging prospective Corporate Members. Additionally, she has engineered significant improvements to the organization by developing its Recruitment Program and its Dashboard for success measurement.
Harrison serves on the Diversity Information Resources and AIDC Board of Directors. She serves on the Supplier Diversity Advisory Board for NMSDC.
Ms. Harrison obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Management from Emmanuel College and a Masters of Business Administration from Bentley University.
2013 – Corporate Advocate WBE Hall of Fame Hall of Fame
2013 – Advocate of the Year by the NY & NJ MSDC Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council
2011 – William C. Alcorn Award from WBENC
2010 – Applause Award from WBENC
2008 – Advocate of the Year by NGLCC
2008 – The Network Journal’s Top 40 under 40
2008 – WE Magazine “100 Women Impacting Supplier Diversity”
2006 – WE Magazine “100 Women Impacting Supplier Diversity”
Hall of Fame
Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council Hall of Fame
President, Executive Director
Dean Seavers joined National Grid in December 2014 as Executive Director and President of National Grid in the U.S.
Dean has had a long career in industry, including leadership roles at GE, United Technologies, and Tyco. Dean led GE Security, a $2 billion product and technology group, and he also led a $4 billion global services portfolio for United Technologies.
At Red Hawk Fire & Security, Dean’s most recent venture, he was a founder and served as President and CEO. Red Hawk quickly became the second largest independent fire and security platform in the U.S., providing integrated security solutions to large and mid-sized commercial customers.
Dean has a strong background in financial strategy, performance improvement, and operational leadership. At National Grid, he will focus on continuing the performance progress that underpins the company’s US business while driving its Connect21 agenda of building the advanced natural gas and electricity networks that are the foundation of our twenty-first-century digital economy.
A native of Sandusky, Ohio, Dean graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in business from Kent State University and earned an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.
Dean resides with his family in Boston, Massachusetts.
Head, Office of Supplier Diversity & Inclusion
Johnson & Johnson
As Head, Office of Supplier Diversity & Inclusion, Bev Jennings drives a growth strategy that benefits diverse and small businesses and the many Johnson & Johnson (J&J) business partners they serve.
Jennings’ distinguished career has spanned the healthcare, consumer goods, food and retail industries. Today her passion for community, talent in collaborative leadership, and expertise in optimized business operations are combined into a robust initiative that enhances business development, job creation, education and health care.
J&J’s leadership in diverse business development is evidenced in its role as the only Healthcare company member in the elite 18 member Billion Dollar Roundtable. The company spends over $1.3 billion annually with certified minority and women owned businesses and $2.7 billion with small businesses in the U.S. Additionally, Supplier Diversity & Inclusion is advancing a global strategy for diverse business development on three continents.
Jennings engages internal and external stakeholders in sustaining these goals while serving J&J’s businesses, health care customers and consumers. Towards this end she has developed networks across various industry, healthcare, entertainment and communications sectors.
She is a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), serving as Marketing Committee Chair. She is also a Board Member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable, National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) and the Women Presidents’ Educational Organization (WPEO). Internally, she is an HONOR Leadership Award winner and Co-Chair of the J&J African American Leadership Council National Employee Resource Group (ERG).
Her previous roles include Vice President, Process Excellence for J&J Consumer Group of Companies, where she led business process improvement globally across 50 companies with $16 billion in sales. At J&J Vision Care, she directed a 1200 employee Manufacturing operation, as well as Quality Assurance, Distribution and Customer Services.
Prior to J&J, Jennings held leadership positions in Purchasing and Warehousing with Standard Meat Company, a Sara Lee Corporation company, and JC Penney Company.
She holds a MBA in Industrial Management from the University of Dallas and a BS in Management from the University of West Florida. Jennings is a Master Business Coach certified by the Fowler School of Business and Executive Coaching.
A leader in the community, Jennings has been honored for her service by the YWCA and by the Gateway Girl Scouts as a Women of Distinction.
A Florida native, she resides in Skillman, New Jersey and enjoys time with family, friends and making connections.
Director, Pharma Outsourcing and Healthcare Services
Global Healthcare Group
Coverage areas: Pharma Outsourcing, Post-Acute Providers, Managed Care
Pharma Outsourcing Highlights: Eight years of work experience in the pharma outsourcing space. Executed on >$9bn of M&A and financing transactions in the pharma outsourcing space over the course of his investment banking career including Cinven’s $900mm acquisition of Medpace from CCMP, CCMP’s $540mm acquisition of Medpace, $1.1bn Quintiles IPO,
$900mm Quintiles follow-on, $5bn Quintiles high yield financings.
Other M&A Highlights: Executed on over $4bn of M&A transactions in the post-acute space $1.8bn sale of Gentiva to Kindred, $400mm sale of Harden to Gentiva, Gentiva’s $1bn acquisition of Odyssey and $850mm sale of Metropolitan Health to Humana. Additional M&A execution across various healthcare subsectors, including, Qiagen’s $360mm acquisition of Cellestis.
Debt Experience: >$10bn of high grade and high yield debt capital markets transactions, across various healthcare sub-sectors, including $900mm of Centene financings, Anthem, Humana, Kindred, Harden and Universal Hospital Services financings, and Gentiva acquisition financings.
Equity Experience: Over $2.5bn in equity and equity-linked financings, across various healthcare sub-sectors including, Centene block-trades, Molina convertible bond financing, Anthem equity units financing.
Prior to joining Lehman Brothers / Barclays in 2007, Mr. Niederste-Ostholt worked as a management consultant at A.T. Kearney, where he focused on logistics and process optimization projects for large-cap pharma companies.
Vonshe M. Jenkins
Senior Vice President
Director of Supplier Diversity and Development
Vonshe Jenkins is a Senior Vice President at Bank of America, where she currently serves as the Director of Supplier Diversity and Development. In this role, Vonshe leads a team of Supplier Diversity professionals who have primary responsibility for leading the company’s efforts in increasing opportunities for diverse businesses (minority, women, veteran, LGBT and disabled-owned businesses) to participate in Bank of America’s competitive Sourcing and Procurement processes. This team provides the data analysis and commodity relationship focus required to link business process owners, sourcing and vendor management leaders with viable diverse businesses who can provide direct or indirect services and products to Bank of America.
Jenkins joined Bank of America in 1997 in Northern California and over the last 18 years, has held various leadership positions in Accounts Payable, Supply Chain Management and Finance Operations in Providence RI, New York City and Charlotte NC. Before joining Supplier Diversity and Development in 2011, she led the bank’s Corporate Food Services Program. Corporate Food Services includes the management of Cafes, Conference Centers, Catering, Vending and the Office Beverage Program for North America and Canada. This portfolio of commodities represented an annual spend of $86MM and served approximately 100K bank employees.
She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Pfeiffer University and currently resides in Charlotte NC. She also serves on the Advisory Council for the Charlotte Minority Economic Development Initiative (CMEDI).
Jenkins is a requested speaker and panalist on the topics of Supplier Diversity, small business engagement, and diverse business advocacy and has emceed multiple events for several organizazations including,The National Minority Supplier Development Council and The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council and their regional partner organizations.
She’s been highlighted in various publications including MBNUSA, WEUSA, Pride Magazine and DiversityPlus. In addition, in 2013, she partnered with the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to create a whitepaper, outlining best practices in corporate supplier diversity programs.
Global Head of Supplier Diversity
Harvey holds an MBA in Finance, Corporate Accounting and Entrepreneurship from the University of Rochester, a BS from Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio and is a graduate of Brooklyn Technical High School. Harvey spends time working with youth, delivering the “Young Inventors Workshop” where he teaches middle and high school students in under-privileged communities how to invent new products and create business plans to bring the ideas to market.