Leadership Pittsburgh Inc. is proud to be a featured organization in BNY Mellon’s Corporate Social Responsibility video highlighting the impact their sponsorship dollars are making across our region.
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.
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Prior to being nominated by my company, I was unfamiliar with the Leadership Pittsburgh organization and programs. I had no idea what to expect from the program. As I discussed the program with past alumni, I was amazed at the feedback from LP and LDI graduates. Everyone raved about the program and the strong alumni network. I was actually somewhat doubtful of the feedback – how is it possible that so many people could speak so highly of a program? I have been through a number of development programs and expected LDI to be similar to my past experiences. However, after completing the program, I can attest to the fact that LDI is unlike any of the other development programs that I have completed.
By participating in the program, I had the unique opportunity to interact with a diverse group of individuals. Our cohort had people from a variety of professions and backgrounds. However, the program taught me about different personalities and different leadership styles, and how a diverse group of individuals can work towards a common goal. I was amazed at how much our cohort was able to accomplish and how, as a group, we were able to navigate difficult situations. Our group still stays in contact and meets on a regular basis.
Many of the leadership skills that were presented during the program were familiar to me in concept, but the curriculum provided me with greater insight on how to hone these leadership skills and extend my knowledge to others. I frequently use the concepts presented in LDI with the team that I manage at work. We talk frequently about the importance of “white space initiative”, followership and organizational savvy. I believe that LDI enabled me to be a more adaptive leader, which is extremely important for my employer.
Shortly after graduating from LDI XXII, I was promoted into a new role where I had responsibility for a team. I believe that the program helped me to better lead my new team. It also helped me to work better with cross functional teams, where I may not have authority, but need to lead these teams towards achieving our business objectives.
The LDI program taught me how to interact with a large group of highly talented individuals and, as a group, work towards a common goal. I believe that this is an invaluable skill. The program is truly a “learning lab” unlike other development or leadership programs. Based on what I learned from the program, I would highly recommend the program to other potential leaders.
Jenalle Brewer, LDI XXII
Director of Marketing & Product Management
Calgon Carbon Corporation
Join us on June 3rd for an exclusive screening of Fargo! Doors open at 6:30 PM and Fargo will screen at 8:00 PM. Brews available from Voodoo Brewery.
General admission tickets are $10 for all ages. Limited edition 18×24” screenplay poster by AJ Frena is available for $30. Donation is required per brew. Proceeds to benefit Leadership Pittsburgh Inc. and The Hollywood Theater in Dormont.
For more details: www.cinema412.org
“The LDI program was a great way for me to build a network and realize my potential as a future leader. I walked away with an increased awareness and a greater appreciation for all types of leaders. The programs have inspired me to be a more courageous leader, having been given the confidence to speak respectfully on behalf of issues directly facing my organization and the community at large.
LDI provided a solid foundation for my leadership style. It helped me recognize my strengths, identify areas of improvement and most importantly, learn how to best utilize and address both areas. As my career path led me to join the management team as the Network Development Director of the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, I then found myself returning to Leadership Pittsburgh for the LP program.
Leadership Pittsburgh’s programs take you out of your comfort zone, which inspires growth. You meet and work with people you may not have ever done otherwise. It’s a great experience to learn about yourself, learn about others and learn about the region and all it has to offer.”
Charlese McKinney, LDI XII, LP XXX
Network Development Director
Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank
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
Photo credit: Pam Panchak/Post-Gazette
“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
“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
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