Leadership Log April 2009

April Table of Contents

GRADS in the news

Please alert us to grads and participants (including yourself) in the news for future issues of the log.

 Doris Carson Williams

Doris Carson Williams, LP XVI, President & CEO of the African American Chamber of Commerce, appeared in a recent Pittsburgh Business Times article. To read it, click here.

Gary Claus

Gary Claus, LP I, Partner at
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, was elected to serve as Chair of the Board of Directors of Goodwill of Southwestern Pa. Congratulations Gary!

 Pamela Golden

Pamela Golden, LP V, Media Specialist for the U.S. Census for the Philadelphia region, was elected Secretary of the Board of Trustees for the Pittsburgh Child Guidance Foundation.

 Cosette Grant-Overton

Dr. Cosette Grant-Overton, LDI VIII, received her doctorate from Duquesne University. Congratulations Cosette!

 Brian Kennedy

Brian Kennedy, LP XXII, Vice President of Government Relations for the Pittsburgh Technology Council, appeared in a recent Pittsburgh Business Times Article. To read the full article, click here.

 Joseph Lagana

Dr. Joseph Lagana, LP III, Founder & CEO of the Homeless Children's Education Fund, received the National Child Labor Committee's 2009 Lewis Hine Award. To read more about Joe's award, click here.

 Lou Oliva

Lou Oliva, LP XVI, Senior Vice President of Grubb & Ellis Co., was recently elected to the NAIOP (Commercial Real Estate Development Association) Hall of Fame. Congratulations Lou!

 William Schenk

William Schenck, LP I, President of Tristate Capital Bank, was quoted in a recent Pittsburgh Business Times article. Click here to read more.

 Chris Sweeney

Chris Sweeney, LP XXIV, recently accepted the position of Vice President for Lucas Systems, Inc. Congratulations, Chris!


PARTICIPANTS in the news

Stephen Catanzarite 

Stephen Catanzarite, LP XXV, Managing Director of Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center, appeared in a recent Pittsburgh Tribune Review Article. Click here to read the article.

 Craig Davis

Craig Davis, LP XXV, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for VisitPittsburgh, appeared in a recent Pittsburgh Post Gazette article. Click here for the full article.

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March 2009

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LPI Continuing Connections

Stimulating Challenges: Energy and Infrastructure—Leadership Breakfast featuring The Honorable Jason Altmire

Jason Altmire

The Honorable Jason Altmire, LDI VII, serves on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit. Please join us for breakfast with Congressman Altmire as he discusses how the Stimulus Package could affect infrastructure in our region.

When: May 11th, 2009 | 7:30 AM–9:30 AM
Where: The Rivers Club, Downtown
Cost: $20
RSVP: http://lpinc.org/community_events.asp by May 6th, 2009

Moderated by Jon Delano, LP V, Money & Politics Editor, KDKA-TV

Thanks to our first Presenting Sponsor

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Thanks to our other Legislative Breakfast sponsors including:

Silver Sponsors

SRU   Mascaro Construction


Bronze Sponsors

Tucker Arensberg   SAI

Sponsorship opportunities still available for this series – please contact Kathy Risko at 412.392.4503 for details
Ethics, Leadership and the Financial Services Industry Seminar

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  Duquesne Beard Center

Leadership Pittsburgh Inc. is proud to partner with the Beard Center in presenting this seminar, a part of LPI Continuing Connections.

A special discount is being offered for LPI Grads and Participants. As a valued member of the LPI network, you will receive 10% off of the registration price with offer code LP2009.

When: April 21st, 2009 7:30 AM4:30 PM
Where: Power Center Ballroom, Duquesne University

For more information and to register by April 13th, please visit http://www.business.duq.edu/financialsymposium
Mayoral Candidates Forum - YOU ARE INVITED!

Leadership Pittsburgh Inc. is proud to partner with PUMP and the following organizations to host our 4th Mayoral Forum: City Paper, Urban League Young Professionals (ULYP), Young Republicans of Allegheny County, and Carnegie Mellon University’s Student Government Association

When: Wednesday, April 29th, 2009 from 6:30–8:00PM
Where: Carnegie Mellon University – Porter Hall (Gregg Hall 100)
FREE and registration is not required

*All Mayoral Candidates who have filed nominating petitions to appear on the May 19th 2009 Primary Election ballot have been invited to participate*

Mayoral Candidates who have confirmed participation:

Ms. Carmen Robinson
The Honorable Patrick Dowd

Moderator: Vince Sims, WPXI Television


POP UP PITTSBURGH! "Uptown on the Move": LDI XVI’s Class ProjectSupport Your Own Network of Young Leaders!

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Come and experience POP UP PITTSBURGH! "Uptown on the Move" (hosted by the current Leadership Development Initiative XVI class) on May 30th, 2009. POP UP PITTSBURGH is a one day event highlighting the Uptown Neighborhood of Pittsburgh through a traveling progressive block party that engages and positively impacts the community and encourages residents from throughout the region to experience and appreciate Uptown's assets and potential.

When: May 30th, 2009 from 1 to 5pm.
Where: The Uptown superblock bounded by Gist, Miltenburger, Locust and Fifth
, near UPMC Mercy

This is a FREE Event!

At Uptown on the Move you will...
  • Explore art installations, murals, and the classic neighborhood architecture
  • Dance to the music from main stage musical performances throughout the afternoon featuring a variety of artists and genres 
  • Taste the flavors of local restaurants from in and around the Uptown neighborhood through the POP UP PITTSBURGH! Cook-Off... think you have a Master Sauce recipe? Compete in the Pop Up Sauce-Master Throw Down! Click here for registration
  • Tour Uptown's residential and commercial properties primed for investment and development 
  • Learn the rich history of Uptown, one of Pittsburgh's most storied neighborhoods, through an oral histories film

Experience "Uptown on the Move!"

For more info: www.popuppittsburgh.com | info@popuppittsburgh.com

Click here for a recent article featuring POP UP PITTSBURGH! in Spotlight On SixThe Uptown community Newsletter
Pop Up Pittsburgh Map 
Click here for more information about, and a closeup of, the map.

Check out the PopUp Pittsburgh press on GLUEspace!

LPInc. Co-Sponors A+ Schools in Presenting "A Night with the Candidates"

Meet the candidates for School Director to Represent Districts 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 and be prepared to vote on May 19th.

When: Wednesday, May 6th, 2009
Time: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Where: Chatham University's Eddy Theater
Woodland Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Register by phone at 412-258-2660, on the Web at www.aplusschools.org, or by email at info@aplusschools.org.

Submitted by: Carey Harris, LDI IV, Executive Director of A+ Schools 

RECENT LPInc programs

LDI XVI Community Leader Conversations Session

On Thursday, March 26th, the LDI XVI class met with local community leaders for "Community Leader Conversations," featuring Kate Dewey, LP VIII, Principal at Dewey & Kaye, Saleem Ghubril, Executive Director of the Pittsburgh Promise, Joe Lagana, LP III, Founder & CEO of the Homeless Children's Education Fund, and Grant Oliphant, President & CEO of the Pittsburgh Foundation. As stated by one of the LDI XVI participants after the session, "Experiencing the underlying passion of these great leaders, as well as the passion that was inspired in many of our classmates, was incredible! The whole experience made me feel extremely privileged to be living in Pittsburgh at this moment."

 Grant Oliphant

Grant Oliphant, President of the The Pittsburgh Foundation, speaks to the LDI XVI class.

Champions Connections | The Urban Guru

On April 1st, 70 people gathered at The Library Restaurant and Lounge on the Southside to meet the Urban Guru himself! Guests listened (with complimentary books in-hand!) as Luke Skurman, Founder of College Prowler and coeditor of The Urban Guru Pittsburgh, shared some of the stories behind the production of the book and why he chose Pittsburgh to launch the "Guru" series.

For upcoming Champions Connections events, visit www.lpinc.org soon!

Luke Skurman

Luke Skurman, Founder, College Prowler and Co-Editor, The Urban Guru Pittsburgh.

LPI Informational Luncheon

On March 19th, over 80 interested LP/LDI candidates, along with several LPI graduates, joined us in the Regional Enterprise Tower for lunch, information on LPInc.'s established and emerging leaders programs and application and selection process. If you or someone you know were unable to attend but would like to learn more about LPInc. or recent innovations in our programming, please email us at info@lpinc.org.

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LEFT: Albert Ciuksza, LDI XV, Market Research Analyst, the Allegheny Conference on Community Development speaks about his LDI experience.
RIGHT: Penny Pilafas, LP XXIV, Vice President, Pitt Ohio Express, explains how LP played an integral role in her professional and community development.

SPECIAL announcements

Leadership Pittsburgh Inc. on the Radio"Peace It Together Pittsburgh"— Saturday, April 25th, 2009

Throughout the fall, members of Leadership Pittsburgh XXV engaged with One Vision One Life Community Coordinators in timely and critical “leader-to-leader” conversations about violence in our community as part of their LP Learning Group Experiences and in preparation for Human Services Day. On Saturday, April 25th, 2009, tune into Talk AM 860 WAMO from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. to learn about these conversations and the impact they have had on our community during the Center for Victims of Violence and Crime’s “Peace It Together Pittsburgh” Radio Series. “Peace It Together Pittsburgh” provides a forum for open dialogue that educates listeners on the causes and impacts of violence and crime and provides practical tools and approaches that increase our collective peace, safety and well being. Sean Fabich, Senior Program Manager for LPInc. and Carole Popchock, LP XXV are featured during the program, along with One Vision One Life Community Coordinators and others from around our community. Visit  http://www.cvvc.org/PeaceItTogether/radio_program.php to learn more.

Every Child, Inc. Receives Benjamin Rush Award

Every Child, Inc. is proud to announce that they are the 2008 recipient of the Allegheny County Medical Society (ACMS) Benjamin Rush Community Organization Health Service Award. Every year, ACMS bestows this prestigious award on an agency that has made extraordinary contributions to the public health of citizens in the community. Congratulations!

Submitted by: Susan Davis, LP XVI, Executive Director of Every Child, Inc.

Burt Hill, Inc, Receives Award of Excellence

Burt Hill, Inc. and a project team including Pete Kladias, LDI XVI, were recently recognized by Columns Magazine, published by the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, with an award of excellence for a project for the Center for Informatics at Northern Kentucky University. Congratulations to Burt Hill and Pete!

 Burt Hill Project

Submitted by: Peter Kladias, LDI XVI Participant, Project Architect for Burt Hill, Inc.

NEW LPI Connective members

A big thank you to all of our graduates and friends who joined the LPI Connective or renewed memberships between March 4 and April 6. Click here to learn more about how you can join—we would love to feature YOU on this list . . . and we need you!

Virginia Calega, LP XXIV, VP of Medical Management & Policy for Highmark Inc. Gale McGloin, LP XIV, Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre
Harold C. Shields, Consultant
Salvatore M. Sirabella, LP III, Director of the Office of Public Liason, Office of the Governor

EMPLOYMENT & community opportunities

United Way of Allegheny County Presents - Youth Futures Commission

The Youth Futures Commission is a group of public and private sector leaders working together to develop and implement a strategic plan to ensure that the Pittsburgh region is a place of opportunity for its young people and grows as a vibrant community.

Community Briefing:
When: Tuesday, April 14 at 4:00 p.m.
Where: Allegheny County Courthouse
436 Grant Street, Conference Room 1
Host: Chief Executive  Onorato

When:Thursday, April 16, from 1:30–2:30 p.m.
Where: United Way
1250 Penn Avenue, Strip District
Mayor Ravenstahl

Please RSVP your attendance to Gina Harms at gina.harms@uwac.org or 412-456-6803.

Submitted by: Aradhna Dhanda, LP XVIII, President & CEO, Leadership Pittsburgh Inc.

Pathfinders: 2009 Youth Workforce Development Conference

This 4th annual event brings together diverse members of the community to assure a strong and prepared future workforce for Western Pennsylvania.

When: Friday, April 24, 2009 7:30 am - 3:30 pm
Where: Omni William Penn Hotel
RSVP: www.regonline.com/Pathfinders2009
For more information, contact Karen Bryant, Conference Coordinator,
412.952.9704, quill747@earthlink.net.

Submitted by: Dara Ware Allen, LDI V, Executive Director of YouthWorks, Inc.

LPInc. Board Matching Program

Are you looking for board members? Are you looking to serve on a board? Please contact Kathy Risko, Senior Program Manager at Kathy@lpinc.org and we will work with you to find that perfect match!

Leadership Pittsburgh Inc. Thanks the Sponsors of Our 25th Year!