Leadership Pittsburgh Inc. is proud to have a number of graduates and current participants at the UpPrize Finalists Announcement this week. LP XXXIII participants, Leah Lizarondo, 412 Food Rescue and Greg Jones, Economic Development South, attended to represent their individual organizations which were both finalists in the Healthy Food category!
For more information on UpPrize and the finalists, please follow this link: http://triblive.com/local/allegheny/11950304-74/upprize-access-technology
(LPI alumni and participants pictured here: Lisa Birmingham, LP XXXIII, Lane Cigna, LP XXXII, Kate Dewey, LP VIII, Lauri Fink, LP XXVII, Rebecca Harris, LP XXVII, Vivien Li, LP XXXIII, Leah Lizarondo, LP XXXIII, Lafe Metz, LP XXXIII, Alka Patel, LDI VIII, LP XXXII, Jennie Zioncheck, LP XXXIII)
Please consider using one of the following ways to give to Leadership Pittsburgh Inc. by 11:59 PM on December 31st:
Your charitable gift at the end of the year ensures a stronger pipeline of diverse and connected leadership for our region and its organizations.
Leadership Pittsburgh Inc. will hold its popular Annual Champagne Luncheon event on January 10, 2017 at the Fairmont Pittsburgh. With support from presenting sponsor, KeyBank, this luncheon has proven to be a great opportunity for established and emerging leaders to connect with each other while reaffirming their commitment to the region and passion for leading.
Know any prospective LPI program candidates? Please invite them to join you at the lunch.
Please join us as we celebrate a new year for our region! Register today, seats fill up quickly.
Leadership Pittsburgh Inc. is proud to be a featured organization in BNY Mellon’s Corporate Social Responsibility video featuring the impact their sponsorship dollars are making across our region. Watch the video here featuring former LPI Board Chair, Bob Buzzelli, LP XXIII, sharing BNY Mellon investment in the private public partnerships.
For more information on BNY Mellon’s Wealth Management Community Partnership, visit their website http://www.bnymellonwealthmanagement.com/Features/FeaturesMain/Community-Partnership.html
My first encounter with Leadership Pittsburgh Inc. was at the Community Impact project delivery of last year’s LDI class (PopUp! Pittsburgh – Fresh Fest) that was held in “my” neighborhood of California-Kirkbride located on the Northside of Pittsburgh. While the whole concept of Leadership Pittsburgh and Leadership Development Initiative was new to me, I was so impressed by the work that the class had done alongside community members that I immediately sprang into action. I wanted to be a part of this organization!
Not only did I not have too much lead time between the May 2015 PopUp! and June 2015 deadline for applications, but as a small business owner in the financial services industry, I was also not sure how I would pay for the program. However, I knew that if I were to be accepted, I was somehow going to make it work; I was not going to let the “excuses” of time and money hold me back. I quickly filled out the application and sent in all of the supporting documents. All I needed to do now was wait. Imagine my joy when I heard that I had been accepted and that through a special donation intended to be used for development of diverse entrepreneurs, I was also awarded a generous scholarship. When added to the financial commitment I could make, this scholarship allowed me to fully participate in the program.
Fast forward a few months into the program year, our class project’s Steering Committee for the PopUp! Pittsburgh community impact project in Wilkinsburg was being announced and, a surprise to me, my name was listed! I was truly amazed that I had been nominated by my classmates for this honor of leading the class of fifty other high-potential leaders from all different kinds of industries.
As we now draw close to the end of the LDI year, I have been reflecting on what these past months have meant for me. I have learned so much about myself; about others in leadership; about the individuals who are growing into the future leaders of our region; about true initiative and teamwork, which goes way beyond what we all read in books; about the public sector and its role in revitalization; about private sector entities such as our PopUp! community host organization, WCDC, our PopUp! community partner, Neighborhood Allies, and the commitment from our PopUp! presenting sponsor Huntington Bank; and about the truly marvelous individuals and businesses who are working hard every single day to make Wilkinsburg the place it deserves to be.
LDI has pushed me to new heights that I didn’t even know I could aspire to. It has given me “permission” to shine unapologetically. It has honed my competencies as a professional, and equally importantly, has also paired me with some pretty awesome people.
My personal resolve, combined with scholarship, made LDI possible for me. Thank you to all donors who enabled my participation. I look forward to the day when I can pay it forward. I want all smart and ambitious young talent in the region to have an opportunity to experience what I have.
P.S. Please take this step — make your gift now! Your donations will help other young leaders, like Simone, connect their potential to our communities. Donate now using this link or just call us at 412-392-4505 with your credit card information.