Javette D. Pinkney, class of 1980

Javette D. Pinkney graduated from Brown University in 1980 with an A.B. in English. After graduation, she took a marketing position at IBM, where she went on to become Director. With sponsorship from IBM, Pinkney received marketing certification from the Wharton School and has since worked as General Sales Manager and Director of Marketing at a number of prominent companies. At the time of this interview, she also served as a Trustee Emerita and Chair of Brown University President’s Diversity Advisory Council, making her the first Black woman to head an Ivy League Alumni Board.



  • Speaking at the 2015 National Diversity Summit:  "Crisis in Higher Education: The Need for New Leadership"