Bharat Lall is the president and chief executive officer of Pinnacle Hotels USA, a hospitality company that serves as an umbrella for major hotel chains such as Hilton and La Quinta. Away from work, Bharat Lall actively supports a number of education-based efforts in the San Diego area, including Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID), a program that helps students prepare for college.
In December of 2017, AVID released data that reveals the program is having a significant impact in helping minority students prepare for their college education. The survey shows that students from Latino and African-American backgrounds who go through the AVID program are nearly 10 percent more likely to complete a bachelor’s program within six years than those who don’t. The data is similar for American-Indian and Pacific-Islander students who participate in the program.