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Block party shows off ‘vibrant’ side of Wilkinsburg

Block party shows off ‘vibrant’ side of Wilkinsburg

Photo credit: Jasmine Goldband

“Not even rain kept people away from Saturday’s block party, dubbed Link on Penn. This is the side of Wilkinsburg everyone should see, said Sims, 61, who lives nearby.

“It’s just as vibrant of a place, and has the good qualities too, as any neighborhood,” Sims said.

Wilkinsburg is trying to shed its image of violence and decay, so on Saturday officials invited people in neighboring communities to see what it has to offer.

Kids ran from table to table grabbing prizes, playing games and collecting tickets that could be exchanged for free food. Neighbors talked and enjoyed live music.

The Leadership Development Institute, a program of Leadership Pittsburgh Inc., helped stage the block party. Tim Murdoch, a member of the committee that planned the event, said it aimed to show the good in Wilkinsburg.”

To read the full article, visit: http://triblive.com/news/allegheny/10497602-74/wilkinsburg-block-party

PopUp Pittsburgh 2016, Link on Penn, featured in SEEN

PopUp Pittsburgh 2016, Link on Penn, featured in SEEN

Photo credit: Pam Panchak/Post-Gazette

Link on Penn, powered by LDI XXIII and presented by Huntington Bank, celebrates the community of Wilkinsburg

“This event shows a community that works together and lives together. Just like any community, it has good and bad,” says Rev. Thomas Mitchell. He and nearly 200 others came out despite the rain to celebrate Wilkinsburg during Link on Penn on Saturday afternoon. Leadership Pittsburgh’s Leadership Development Initiative XXIII teamed up with the Wilkinsburg Sanctuary Project’s annual block party and Huntington Bank to present the free community celebration. Among those supporting the event were Huntington Bank’s Clarence Jackson, Leadership Pittsburgh’s incoming board chair Dolly Ellenberg with Curt, the PG’s Steve Spolar, Tim Murdoch, Deborah Murdoch, Kendra Kasznel, Christine Musial, Jenalle Brewer and Laura Snavely, Joel Acie and Stacy Trumble.

…“Every year we select an emerging neighborhood and we work to showcase it, because we look at neighborhoods as assets,” said Aradhna Oliphant (with Grant), CEO of Leadership Pittsburgh. The Listening Tent had audio stories told by Wilkinsburg residents and gathered by members of the 23rd Leadership class. “There are so many stories. We talked to over 50 people,” said Rick Peifly. Hear the stories at www.storycorps.me. Search for Wilkinsburg stories.”


To read the full article, please visit: http://www.post-gazette.com/life/seen/2016/05/23/Link-on-Penn-celebrates-the-community-of-Wilkinsburg/stories/201605230027

LDI Graduate Stories: LDI XXII

LDI Graduate Stories: LDI XXII

“I applied to Leadership Development Initiative because I wanted to become more involved in the Pittsburgh community, but I did not know where to begin. And that’s exactly what I walked away with! Leadership Pittsburgh opened the door for me to gain a better perspective on how to serve the community.

After graduating from LDI, Leadership Pittsburgh Inc. provided me with another great opportunity to continue to develop leadership skills by participating in Leadership OnBoard. I served a ten-month term on Leadership Pittsburgh Inc.’s board of directors. I was able to learn about the structure of non-profit organizations, how to be an effective board member and how to utilize my skills and resources to contribute to the organization I’m serving.”

Daniel Robb, LDI XXII
Senior Process Improvement Specialist
EQT Midstream


Our Region’s Business: PopUp! Wilkinsburg 2016

Thank you to Our Region’s Business for recently hosting Leadership Pittsburgh Inc. LP XXIII Alum and Wilkinsburg CDC Executive Director, Tracey Evans, and LDI XXIII Participant, Tim Murdoch, to discuss the upcoming PopUp event taking place in Wilkinsburg on May 21st! Join us that day to celebrate Wilkinsburg’s past, present and bright future.

Visit www.popuppittsburgh.com to learn more about Link on Penn

LDI Graduate Stories: LDI XIII

LDI Graduate Stories: LDI XIII

As a young professional, I applied to LDI with the goal to expand my career, network and understanding of the business community in Pittsburgh.  Not only did I add new connections to my network, but I also gained a better sense of the concerns, issues and initiatives of our communities and who was working to address them.

I graduated from LDI ten years ago.  Pittsburgh was at the beginning of its transformation – much of the program discussion was on transportation, infrastructure and the loss of young talent.  Since then, our city has turned the corner.  Young professionals are staying in Pittsburgh, and pursuing rewarding careers at Pittsburgh-based companies large and small. I have to think a lot of what was discussed during my time with LDI helped our community achieve this transformation and many of the leaders that spoke to our group, as well as my fellow classmates, were influential in making the change.

LDI broadened my perspective of our city and how the business community impacts economic development, standards and growth.


Please join LDI XXIII at this year’s PopUp! Project: “Link on Penn”

Please join LDI XXIII at this year’s PopUp! Project: “Link on Penn”

Saturday, May 21, 2016 from 1:00 to 4:00pm in Wilkinsburg, PA (Intersection of Penn Avenue and Center Street)

Link on Penn, PopUp! Pittsburgh Project, presented by Huntington Bank and powered by Leadership Development Initiative XXIII, a program of Leadership Pittsburgh Inc, will feature live performances by Westinghouse Band INK and Grace Band, other family friendly fun including balloon animals, face painting, police and fire trucks, 3 on 3 basketball, make & take arts and crafts, Saturday Light Brigade, local flavor, stories about Wilkinsburg (#wilkinsburgstories), and more!

Email linkonpenn@gmail.com if you have any questions regarding the event.

Your donation to LPI creates a more robust civic sector.

Your donation to LPI creates a more robust civic sector.

Those who go through our programs donate four times the number of hours (many in leadership positions) in volunteer service than the national average and 100% of our alums make a financial contribution to a local nonprofit each year.

Leadership Pittsburgh Inc. is a nonprofit that needs your support.

Please give today through Pittsburgh’s Day of Giving, May 3 2016: http://givingday.pittsburghgives.org/npo/leadership-pittsburgh

Introducing: CLCV III

Introducing: CLCV III

We are excited to introduce our newest class of Community Leadership Course for Veterans™ (CLCV™). Tuesday, April 26th kicks off the third cohort year for Leadership Pittsburgh Inc.’s newest initiative.

View the class roster here. 

Thank you to our CLCV™ sponsors, endorsers and supporters for making this upcoming year possible. If you have not yet made your annual contribution to Leadership Pittsburgh Inc., please do so now! 

Apply NOW: LP XXXIII Applications are due Friday, May 6th!

Apply NOW: LP XXXIII Applications are due Friday, May 6th!

Applications for Leadership Pittsburgh XXXIII
(Senior Leaders with Significant Spheres of Influence)

The flagship, highly-selective program geared towards established leaders is designed like a hands-on MBA in community leadership. The twelve-day curriculum distributed over a ten-month period examines critical community issues, enhances civic-engagement, and empowers senior managers to impact their business and the regional agenda at a leadership level.

And don’t forget Leadership Development Initiative (for emerging leaders) applications are due First Friday in June. Don’t wait until June! Take advantage of early incentive pricing by submitting your LDI application by First Friday in May!

LPI Featured on Our Region’s Business

Thank you to Our Region’s Business for recently hosting Leadership Pittsburgh Inc. Leadership has played a big part in the region’s success and stopping by to discuss civic leadership is Leadership Pittsburgh President and CEO, Aradhana Oliphant, and past participants of its Leadership Pittsburgh program, Audrey Murrell, Ph.D. of the University of Pittsburgh and David Thompson of Carnegie Mellon University.


To watch more episodes, visit www.youtube.com/user/OurRegionsBusiness