A Veteran’s Tale
By Dr. Richard Citrin
This past weekend I had to the opportunity to co-facilitate a workshop for the 4th Community Leadership Course for Veterans, which is a program of Leadership Pittsburgh. This experience provides a group of post 9/11 veterans, from every branch of military services, the opportunity to participate in a six-month course that helps them become engaged community leaders.
One of their activities was a low rope course in which they work as a team to climb a big wall, balance their entire team on a big octagonal teeter-totter, and navigate their way across 3 stations and over an “alligator pit.” After each exercise, we had a chance to debrief and discuss their individual and team learnings.
Putting aside their physical capacity (these are all veterans!) it was amazing to see how their actions reflected a resilient mindset. For example at the wall climb they chose the high wall over the low wall. When they approached the teeter-totter, they were planful about how they tackled it and engaged the engineer in the group so they had a plan and better chance of success.
As all teams do in these exercises, it took a number of failures before they reached success and with each passing failure, they studied what they did wrong and what they could do right. While they may have missed a few resilience strategies such as celebrating victories and seeking consensus, they caught on soon enough which then led to accomplishing the next goal more effectively and efficiently.
For sure, these young vets will make great community leaders and provide a solid future for our community and themselves. They know about adversity and how to grow from it.
To join the discussion on this topic, please go to Richard’s blog at: http://www.citrinconsulting.com/blog/
Tune into the 42 minute mark for her portion.
Leadership Pittsburgh is building a pipeline of future civic leaders in our region through their Leadership Pittsburgh and Leadership Development Initiative. Program participants join the President and CEO of Leadership Pittsburgh, Aradhna Oliphant, to talk about the programs, its impact and how you can apply.
Special thank you to:
Bridget Daley, LDI XXIV
Buchanan Ingersoll and Rooney
Greg Jones, LP XXXIII
Economic Development South
PopUp! Pittsburgh is a project presented by Huntington Bank, powered by Leadership Development Initiative XXIV in partnership with Neighborhood Allies, Economic Development South, LUMA Institute and the Birmingham Foundation.
Join LDI XXIV and our sponsors as they draw attention to Carrick as a community of opportunity – showcasing and celebrating the individuals making a difference for this historically important Pittsburgh neighborhood. There will be an opportunity for adults and children to share their stories and participate in community-building activities.
The day will unveil an INSIDE OUT public art installation that captures the faces of those who call Carrick home to symbolize the past, present, and future of the community.
To learn more about the day, visit: http://popuppittsburgh.com/2017-popup-inside-out-carrick/
We hope to see you there!
Waynesburg University’s annual Baccalaureate and Commencement exercises will be held Sunday, April 30, on the campus of Waynesburg University. Rev. Dr. Daniel L. Migliore will serve as the Baccalaureate speaker, and Aradhna Oliphant will address the Class of 2017 as the Commencement speaker.
Both Oliphant and Migliore will be honored during the Commencement Ceremony with honorary degrees, Doctors of Humane Letters, for the ways in which their lives and personal missions relate to the mission of Waynesburg University.
The celebration will honor approximately 525 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students from the Waynesburg campus as well as the University’s additional centers in Cranberry, Monroeville and Southpointe.
Oliphant is delighted to share her commencement address with these future leaders of our region. To read more, please visit: http://www.waynesburg.edu/blog/leadership-pittsburgh-ceo-and-best-selling-author-to-address-class-of-2017
Great kickoff to the new partnership with CMU’s BrainHub at Leadership Pittsburgh’s Alumni Benefactor Appreciation event. Lots to learn about the Leader’s Brain from Dr. Tim Verstynen!
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)