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Leadership Pittsburgh Inc. in the News!

June 11, 2012 – Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald featured as keynote speaker at Leadership Pittsburgh XXVIII Commencement Ceremony in Pittsburgh Tribune Review article!

May 25, 2012 – One of the Leadership Pittsburgh XXVIII’s Learning Group Projects mentioned in The Breathe Project blog!

May 15, 2012 – Read the newest Imagine Pittsburgh Now articleWe Do! (Take Two): Upper Lawrenceville Love Story on Display this Saturdayas you bake your cookies and review your vows for this year’s PopUp Pittsburgh event!

Curious about how this year’s Leadership Pittsburgh XXVIII class is doing? Read class member Ted Pettko’s insights in My Leadership Pittsburgh Experience.

May 14, 2012 – Prepare for this weekend’s PopUp Pittsburgh We Do (Take Two) An Upper Lawrenceville Love Story Celebration by reading Quirky Pittsburgh Neighborhood Wants Some Attention from the Pittsburgh Tribune Review!

April 10, 2012 – Get inside looks at the impact that the Reshaping Communities Session had on LP XXVIII in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article Leadership Pittsburgh Learns About Revitalizing City Business Corridors!

February 14, 2012 – Be sure to read “An Upper Lawrenceville Love Story” Highlights People, History, Architecture by current LDI XIX participant, Kristen Freiss, to learn more about this year’s PopUp! Pittsburgh project and watch a video about its location! Click Here



Karen L. Hanlon, LP XXIII

Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Highmark Inc.


Karen Hanlon is a Leadership Pittsburgh XXIII alumna and serves as Treasurer of the Board. 

Karen Hanlon is a certified public accountant with more than 20 years of finance experience, spending most of that time in the health insurance industry. She currently serves as senior vice president of financial planning and analysis at Highmark Inc., where she is responsible for providing executive direction for accounting, financial reporting, forecasting, capital planning, tax planning and compliance and cost analysis and budgeting. She also currently serves as the chief financial officer and treasurer for a number of Highmark subsidiaries and is a member of the board of directors of various Highmark subsidiaries and affiliates, including United Concordia Companies Subsidiaries and HM Insurance Group.

Ms. Hanlon began her career in public accounting at KPMG Peat Marwick, prior to joining Highmark in 1997. In her career at Highmark, Karen has held several positions within the finance division.

Ms. Hanlon has been a member of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants for over 15 years. She is also on the Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest PA. Ms. Hanlon holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in business from Grove City College and is a Certified Public Accountant in Pennsylvania.



Ismail (Izzy) Dawood, LP XXVIII

Chief Financial Officer for Investment Services

BNY Mellon


Izzy Dawood is a Leadership Pittsburgh XXVIII alum and serves as Secretary of the Board. 

Izzy Dawood is an Executive Vice President and the CFO for Investment Services for BNY Mellon.  He is responsible for providing financial and strategic leadership for BNY Mellon’s largest business with over $10 billion in revenue.  He is also currently the Director of Investor Relations for BNY Mellon.  In prior roles at BNY Mellon, Izzy has led various functions including a prior role as Director of Investor Relations, and Corporate Development and Financial Planning & Analysis.  He is part of BNY Mellon’s Operating Committee and also serves on the boards of Promontory Interfinancial Network, Auberle Schools and Leadership Pittsburgh Inc.

Prior to joining BNY Mellon in 2006, he held a variety of senior Finance and Treasury roles at Wachovia Corporation.  He has been part of and overseen a number of mergers, starting with his time with First Fidelity, which was acquired by First Union, which later merged with Wachovia.  In his career, Izzy has been involved in closing over three dozen meaningful transactions.

He holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in Finance from St. John’s University, along with a CFA, or Chartered Financial Analyst, designation.



Mary Beth Jenkins, LP XXVI

Chief Operating Officer

UPMC Health Plan

Mary Beth Jenkins is a Leadership Pittsburgh XXVI aluma and serves as Vice Chair.

Mary Beth Jenkins is chief operating officer of UPMC Health Plan and UPMC Work Partners. She is responsible for the Enrollment, Customer Service, Claims Processing, Facilities, Premium Billing, System Configuration, and Mail Services departments. Since joining the Health Plan in 1998, Ms. Jenkins has worked on projects crucial to the success of the Health Plan, including the Health Plan’s first system implementation, and, more recently, the implementation of the Payor-Provider Initiative. The resulting collaboration between UPMC providers and the Health Plan decreased administrative denials and increased claims processing turnaround times.


Ms. Jenkins has a BA in Communications from Slippery Rock University and an MBA from Duquesne University. She is a member of the American College of Health Care Executives.



James T. Balouris, LPXXV

Executive Vice President, PNC Bank

Southwestern Pennsylvania Market


James T. Balouris is a Leadership Pittsburgh XXV alum and serves as Board Chair.

Balouris is executive vice president and market manager for PNC Bank’s Southwest Pennsylvania Market. His responsibilities include managing the sales and service processes and branch development initiatives for the bank’s 170 community branches in western Pennsylvania.

Balouris joined PNC Bank in 1990 as a management trainee in Retail Banking, advancing through various management positions in the branch network. In 1998, he was named sales manager of the downtown Pittsburgh sector. In 2000, he became regional service manager of the Central/South region overseeing 40 branches. He was promoted in 2001 to Business Banking Territory Sales Manager for the Western Pennsylvania Region, a position he held until 2009.

PNC Regional Community Bank Circle of Excellence Award Winner: 1999 Top Sector, 2001 Top Regional, 2005, 2009 and 2011 Chairman’s Circle Award.

Active member of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church on the North Side. Past parish council president, treasurer vision/finance committee member, and Sunday school 8th and 9th grade teacher.

Balouris earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial management and graphics communication from Carnegie Mellon University in 1990. He is a graduate of the CBA Graduate School of Retail Banking Management.

Resides in Wexford, PA with his wife Yvonne and their four children.

Leadership Pittsburgh Inc. in the News!

November 3, 2009– Leadership Pittsburgh Inc. receives League of Women Voters “Good Government” Award Click here to see the official Press Release.

November 2, 2009– LPInc. pleased to offer 1/2 day of service to UPMC’s “Dignity & Respect” Runner-Up!http://www.dignityandrespectcampaign.com/pledgetally.php

June 21, 2009 – Arts15219 shows a slideshow of POP UP PITTSBURGH! on their website http://arts15219.blogspot.com/2009/06/hit-pics-from-leadership-pittsburghs.html

June 7, 2009 – LDI XVI’s POP  UP PITTSBURGH! in the Post Gazette’s “Next Page” http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09158/975365-53.stm

June 2, 2009 – LDI XVI’s POP  UP PITTSBURGH! in the Post Gazette http://www.postgazette.com/pg/09153/974265-44.stm

June 1, 2009 – Check out pictures from LDI XVI’s POP UP PITTSBURGH! event on May 30th! http://picasaweb.google.com/LeadershipPittsburghInc

May 29, 2009 – LDI XVI’s POP UP PITTSBURGH! on WDUQ http://wduqnews.blogspot.com/2009/05/uptown-residents-envision-future.html

May 27, 2009 – Pop City features LDI XVI’s POP UP PITTSBURGH! in Pop Filter http://www.popcitymedia.com/popfilter/popup0527.aspx