Grammy award winner, Dr. Pamela Pruitt, is President and Facilitator of THE NEXT LEVEL CONSULTING, LLC. She has an extensive and diverse background in media and marketing, having held significant positions at Motown Records/Jobete (Jo-bet) Music Company, CBS Television, Warner Bros. Records, Delta Air Lines, ABC Radio Networks, New Jersey State Council on the Arts, CBS/Westwood One, the Wall Street Journal Radio Network, and WIMG/Morris Broadcasting of NJ, Inc.
Dr. Pruitt is currently Executive Director of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion at Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ, where she is responsible for promoting unity, diversity, equity, and inclusion among the campus community through best practices, programs, training, celebrations, and community outreach. She is also an adjunct professor in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of Communication and Journalism, at Rider, and a part-time lecturer at the School of Communication & Information (SC&I) at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ.
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Dr. Pruitt received her Doctor of Education in Higher Education Management at the University of Pennsylvania in 2016. Her dissertation entitled, “How First-Year College Leadership Programs Influence Students’ Behavior and Attitudes in Order to Promote Civic Engagement through Democratic Dialogue and Democratic Deliberation,” was published by ProQuest. She also completed "Strategies in Building and Leading Diverse Organizations" at the HARVARDKennedy School in 2019. Dr. Pruitt achieved her Master of Communication and Information Studies (MCIS) from Rutgers in 2012, having studied abroad in Oxfordshire England at Wroxton College of Fairleigh Dickinson University. In 2010 she received her BA in Communications and her Associate in Arts in 2009 from Thomas Edison State University.
She participated in a Grammy Award-winning CD (2008 for 2007) by Ne-Yo (Knee-Yo) entitled, “Because of You.” Her song (as Pamela Moffett), “Baby Come Close,” can be heard as the background music for his song, “Leaving Tonight,” featuring Jennifer Hudson. She has written songs for Smokey Robinson, the Supremes and others. She has also produced and hosted her own television show, “Let’s Do Lunch with Pamela,” and she authored a training manual entitled, “Train the Trainer,” for the Delta Air Lines’ Automation team as Pamela Young. She is currently penning a book relating to her survival of the events on September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center complex in New York City.
Dr. Pruitt serves as a Board Director for the Capital Area YMCA and the Trenton Health Team. In addition, she serves as a Board Director for the Trenton Health Team Accountable Care Organization (ACO) and is Chair for the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE), Northeast Chapter - NY, NJ & CT. She is a former Chair of the Spouse/Partner Nominating Committee of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). She is past Board Chair (2003-2012) and Director Emeritus of the Trenton Public Education Foundation (TPEF) and was on the Advisory Board for Rider’s EOP (Equal Opportunity Program). She is also past Board member of Women in Development (WID) of Mercer County; and, past Board member of Alliance for Women in Media – New York Chapter, formerly American Women in Radio and Television (AWRT). She is active in The Recording Academy (NARAS), American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP); and, Toastmasters International. She has received numerous awards and commendations and was selected as one of “Twelve Women to Watch” by the Times Picayune [Pick-e-yoon] in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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