Roger Crockett is a specialist in business leadership and diversity. As president of R. O. Crockett Leadership Advisory, a consulting firm based in Chicago, Illinois, he works with senior executive leaders to arm them with intellectual capital tools—the new currency for business development. Roger has assisted C-suite leaders at several global companies, including Motorola Solutions, Heidrick & Struggles, BAE Systems and Procter & Gamble. He works with these leadership teams to develop customized solutions designed to advance their thought leadership in the marketplace and drive business growth.
Previously, Roger was Chicago deputy bureau chief for BusinessWeek magazie. 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 host and moderator for the “Executive Speaker Series” of the Metropolitan Club of Chicago, and he has been a guest lecturer on leadership strategy and media for minority businesses in executive education programs at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
In addition to his perspectives on business, leadership and diversity, found on his blog rocrockett.com, Mr. Crockett has written 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.