Daniel H. Pink

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Daniel H. Pink
Pink in 2018
Pink in 2018
Born (1964-07-23) July 23, 1964 (age 59)
United States
Alma materNorthwestern University (B.A.)
Yale Law School (J.D.)
SpouseJessica Lerner

Daniel H. Pink (born July 23, 1964) is an American author. He has written seven New York Times bestsellers. He was a host and a co-executive producer of the National Geographic Channel social science TV series Crowd Control.[1] From 1995 to 1997, he was the chief speechwriter for Vice President Al Gore.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Pink grew up in Columbus, Ohio and graduated from Bexley High School.[3][4] A Pell Grant student, he graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Northwestern University, where he was also a Truman Scholar.[5][6] He received a Juris Doctor degree from Yale Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the Yale Law & Policy Review.[7]

Upon graduating law school, Pink immediately began working in politics and economic policy. From 1993 to 1995, he was special assistant to Secretary of Labor Robert Reich.[8] From 1995 to 1997, he worked as the chief speechwriter for Vice President Al Gore.[9] In 1997 he quit his job going out on his own, an experience he described in the 1998 Fast Company article "Free Agent Nation" which became his first book.[10]

Honors and awards[edit]

Pink has received honorary degrees from Georgetown University,[11] Pratt Institute,[12] Ringling College of Art and Design,[13] and the University of Indianapolis.[14]

Pink’s books have been selected as common reads for first-year students at George Washington University,[15] Butler University,[16] Texas State University,[17] and other colleges. In addition, Oprah Winfrey gifted copies of his book, A Whole New Mind, to 4,500 graduates of Stanford University when she gave the school’s commencement address.[18][19]


  • Free Agent Nation: The Future of Working for Yourself. 2001. ISBN 978-0-446-67879-7.
  • A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future. 2005. ISBN 978-1-59448-171-0. NYT Hardcover Nonfiction bestseller No. 12, December 28, 2008.[20]
  • The Adventures of Johnny Bunko: The Last Career Guide You'll Ever Need. 2008. ISBN 978-1-59448-291-5.
  • Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us. 2009. ISBN 978-1-59448-884-9. NYT Hardcover Nonfiction bestseller No. 12, March 7, 2010.[21]
  • To Sell is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others. 2012. ISBN 978-1-59448-715-6. NYT Hardcover Nonfiction bestseller No. 8, February 10, 2013.[22]
  • When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing. 2018. ISBN 978-0-73521-062-2.[23] NYT Hardcover Nonfiction bestseller No. 2, January 28, 2018.[24]
  • The Power of Regret: How Looking Backward Moves Us Forward. Riverhead. 2022. ISBN 978-0-7352-1065-3. NYT Hardcover Nonfiction bestseller No. 3, February 20, 2022[25]

Personal life[edit]

Daniel Pink married Jessica Lerner, a lawyer, in 1995.[26] They live in Washington D.C. with their children.[27]


  1. ^ "Dan Pink's Crowd Control on National Geographic Channel uses design to tackle social problems across America" Slate, November 13, 2014
  2. ^ "Daniel Pink, former Gore speechwriter, discusses selling as a way of life". Washington Post.
  3. ^ American Booksellers Association.
  4. ^ "Class of 2017 Bexley High School Distinguished Alumni", Bexley High School website, May 2017. Retrieved September 16, 2021.
  5. ^ Northwestern Alumni Association
  6. ^ "Author Dan Pink on the meaning of regret, how he captures his ideas, more with John Dickerson - CBS News". www.cbsnews.com. Retrieved 2023-09-10.
  7. ^ YLPR masthead Issue 8.2
  8. ^ Kinni, Theodore. "Daniel Pink's New Pitch". strategy+business. Retrieved 2019-11-06.
  9. ^ Layton, Lyndsey (2012-02-15). "As teacher merit pay spreads, one noted voice cries, 'It doesn't work'". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2019-11-06.
  10. ^ Fox, Justin (2011-03-18). "It's a Free Agent Nation, Except in Washington". Harvard Business Review. ISSN 0017-8012. Retrieved 2019-11-06.
  11. ^ "Georgetown Announces Speakers for 2016 Commencement"
  12. ^ "Speaker, Honorees Announced for 2013 Commencement"
  13. ^ "Author Daniel H. Pink Awarded Honorary Doctorate of Arts Degree from Ringling College of Art and Design"
  14. ^ "UIndy to Award honorary degrees to Daniel Pink and Diana Carlson"
  15. ^ "Author Daniel Pink talks decision-making". The GW Hatchet. 2022-08-28. Retrieved 2023-02-09.
  16. ^ Petry, Ashley. "Fall Season: Butler University Cultural Calendar". Retrieved 2023-02-09.
  17. ^ Trauth, Denise (2021-07-07). "A Shared Conversation: Texas State Common Experience". commonexperience.txst.edu. Retrieved 2023-02-09.
  18. ^ "Oprah Gives Stanford Grads Books, Calls Class To Service". HuffPost. 2008-06-24. Retrieved 2023-02-09.
  19. ^ "Oprah tells Stanford grads to do what 'feels right'". The Mercury News. 2008-06-15. Retrieved 2023-02-09.
  20. ^ "Paperback Nonfiction Books - Best Sellers - December 28, 2008 - The New York Times". Retrieved 2018-05-18.
  21. ^ "Hardcover Nonfiction Books - Best Sellers - March 7, 2010 - The New York Times". Retrieved 2018-05-18.
  22. ^ "Hardcover Nonfiction Books - Best Sellers - February 10, 2013 - The New York Times". Retrieved 2018-05-18.
  23. ^ "When To Do Everything". Fortune (mailed print edition): 16. 1 February 2018. ISSN 0015-8259.
  24. ^ "Hardcover Nonfiction Books - Best Sellers - January 28, 2018 - The New York Times". Retrieved 2018-05-18.
  25. ^ "Hardcover Nonfiction Books - Best Sellers - Books - The New York Times". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2022-02-11.
  26. ^ "WEDDINGS; Jessica A. Lerner, Daniel H. Pink". The New York Times. 1995-07-02. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2024-01-19.
  27. ^ Dameron, Amanda. "Daniel Pink's Home in Washington, DC (9 Photos)". Dwell. Retrieved 2024-01-19.

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