Roger O. Crockett is a specialist in business, leadership and diversity. He is president of R. O. Crockett Leadership, which provides strategic advice and services to firms seeking to enhance their thought leadership portfolio. Mr. Crockett has had a rare view into the world of business since the early 1990s, when he began covering business as a journalist. Through the years he has interviewed scores of corporate executives, entrepreneurs, economists, Wall Street analysts, finance experts, management consultants and human resources specialists.
During more than 13 years at BusinessWeek, Mr. Crockett wrote several cover stories and many highly-acclaimed, award-winning articles about some of the world’s biggest and most powerful companies and the influential executives who manage them. In 2003, Mr. Crockett earned national recognition by the Association of Black Journalists for his insightful analysis of the black economy, “Progress Without Parity.” In 2007, Mr.Crockett won a Peter Lisagor award for his leading-edge coverage of Motorola under the leadership of Ed Zander and Greg Brown. In 2009, Mr. Crockett introduced the world to newly appointed Xerox CEO, Ursula Burns, the first African-American woman to lead a Fortune 500 company.
Mr. Crockett’s experience has made him a recognized thought leader in the business community. His business insights are in demand by local and national news programs. His respected views on corporate America’s executive elite make him a sought after moderator, panelist and speaker on the business community’s conference circuit. He serves, for example, as a guest lecturer on leadership strategy and media in the executive education programs at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and the Chicago Urban League’s Entrepreneurial Center.
In addition to his perspectives on business, leadership and diversity, found on his blog rocrockett.com, Mr. Crockett writes about the intersection of business and diversity for Harvard Business Review online. Prior to his tenure at BusinessWeek, Mr. Crockett was the workplace, technology and telecom reporter for The Oregonian, in Portland, Oregon. He also worked for Battle Creek Michigan’s Enquirer and Newsweek. Mr. Crockett is a graduate of UCLA and received his Master’s degree with honors from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. He lives in Chicago.