Leadership Pittsburgh Leadership Log for March 2010

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GRADS in the News

Please alert us to grads and participants (including yourself) in the news for future issues of the log.

James Carlisle

James Carlisle, LP XXII, named Secretary of Houston Harbaugh, P.C. for 2010.

Aria Charles

Aria Charles, LDI XV, Grant Writer, Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, named VP of Membership for The Association of Fundraising Professionals Western PA Chapter.

Dee Delaney, LP XXII, is retiring from her role as Executive Director of FISA Foundation. Thank you for your leadership of an important community institution.

Kate Dewey

Kate Dewey, LP VIII, Principal, Dewey & Kaye--A McCrory & McDowell Company, in two recent Pittsburgh Business Times articles.

Ann Dugan

Ann Duggan, LPLP X, Assistant Dean, University of Pittsburgh Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence, in a recent Pittsburgh Business Times article.

Jay Ferguson

Jay Ferguson III, LP V, Affiliate President, Western PA, Fifth Third Bank, in a recent Pittsburgh Business Times article.

Jean Ferketish

Dr. Jean Ferketish, LP XVI, Secretary of the Board of Trustees and Assistant Chancellor, University of Pittsburgh, in the "SEEN" column of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Scott Finnell

Scott Finnell, LP XX, President & CEO, Pressley Ridge, in a recent Pittsburgh Business Times article.

Marilyn Jenkins

Marilyn Jenkins, LP XIII, Executive Director, Allegheny County Library Association, in a recent Pittsburgh Tribune Review article.

Ellen Kight

Ellen Kight, LP II, President, Pittsburgh Partnership for Neighborhood Development, in a recent POP City article.

Rick Landesberg

Rick Landesberg, LP XVII, Principal, Landesberg Design, in a recent Pittsburgh Business Times article.

Scott Levenson

Scott Levenson, LP XXV, recently named President of the Borough of Conway, served as a panelist on The Local Government Academy's "Mock Council" during the opening day session of the 2009-2010 Newly Elected Officials Course.

David Mosey

David Mosey, LP XIX, Executive Director, Smart Futures, in a recent Pittsburgh Tribune Review article.

DeWitt Peart

DeWitt Peart, LP XXIV, President, Pittsburgh Regional Alliance, in a recent Pittsburgh Business Times column.

Alex Thomson

Alex Thomson, LP XIX, named President of Houston Harbaugh, P.C. for 2010.


Danika Kazmer

Danika Kazmer, LDI XVII, Consultant, Accenture, in a recent POP City article.

Ned Laubacher

Ned Laubacher, LP XXVI, President & CEO, Alle-Kiski Medical Center, in the "SEEN" column of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.


Jennifer Beer     Melania Beer

Congratulations to Jenn Beer, LDI XVII, Legislative Analyst, Allegheny Conference on Community Development on the birth of her baby girl, Milania!

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LPInc Announcements & Upcoming Events

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LPI Accepting Applications for LP XXVII and LDI XVIII for 2010-2011!


Leadership Pittsburgh Inc. programs are catalysts that speed "grasp" of the region while building meaningful connections and developing capacities of established and emerging leaders from the corporate, public, and nonprofit sectors.

Encourage those in your network to experience the value of LPInc. programs and apply to Leadership Pittsburgh or Leadership Development Initiative.

Applications for Leadership Pittsburgh XXVII are DUE the first Friday in May. Applications for Leadership Development Initiative XVIII are DUE the first Friday in June. Applications and schedules for 2010-2011 are available at www.lpinc.org. Please contact the office at info@lpinc.org | 412.392.4505 for more information!


LPInc. 2010 Public Agenda Series
Second Session: Transportation & Infrastructure

Speakers for Trasportation and Infrastructure

Held as a series of three events, the LPInc. 2010 Public Agenda Series is designed to examine issues impacting our region now by engaging local leaders and policy makers in discussion moderated by Jon Delano, LP V (Money and Politics Editor, KDKA-TV). This second session, featuring Representative Joe Markosek, 25th District, PA House of Representatives/Chairman, House Transportation Committee, and PA Secretary of Transportation Allen Biehler, LP III, addresses opportunities and challenges for our region related to transportation and infrastructure.

When: May 28th, 2010
7:30 AM to 9:30 AM
Where: The Rivers Club, Downtown
Cost: $20 General | $17 LPI Connective Members
RSVP: by Ma
y 24th, 2010
412.392.4505 |

Thank you to our 2010 Public Agenda Series Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Michael Baker Corporation is the Presenting Sponsor for "Transportation & Infrastructure"

Consol CNX

Bronze Sponsors

Mascaro       Tucker Arensberg

Media Sponsors

Comcast      WDUQ

Leadership with a TWIST Part Deux

LPInc.'s Guest Bartending event in December was so fun that it has been brought back by popular demand! All gratuities will support scholarships for Leadership Development Initiative (LPInc.'s Emerging Leaders Program). Our goal: $1,500. Who will be serving your cocktails? Betsy Benson, LP XXI, Publisher/VP, Pittsburgh Magazine; Andrew Stockey, LP XXIV, Anchor, WTAE-TV; Hon. Jake Wheatley, Jr., LDI VII, State Rep., PA House of Representatives.

Where: The absolute cool new South Side lounge
, VILLA, located at 1831 East Carson Street, the corner of 19th and Carson. Have you been there yet? If not, now is your chance!
When: Wednesday, March 31st, 2010
from 5:30 to 8:30 PM (Stop by on your way to or from dinner, or stay the whole time!)
Cost: FREE! Includes hors d'oeuvres, cash bar, and great music! (Just remember to generously tip your bartenders!)

(or just show up and bring your friends!) www.lpinc.org/community_events.asp 412.392.4505 | office@lpinc.org.


Save the Date!
POPUP PITTSBURGH! Up on the Hilltop! May 15, 2010

Pop Up Pittsburgh

POPUP PITTSBURGH! is coming to the Hilltop on May 15, 2010. Look for more information in the next issue of the Leadership Log, or click here for the POPUP on the web. Save the date and spread the word!

Photograph by Larry Rippel. Amiena Mahsoob, LDI XVII, Education Program Manager, World Affairs Council of Pittburgh and Robert Chambers, LDI XVI, Business Development, Massaro Corporation, recently joined LDI VII grad Representative Jake Wheatley at an Allentown (Hilltop neighborhood) town hall meeting to discuss POPUP PITTSBURGH! Up on the Hilltop.


LPInc. Partners with the Pittsburgh Technology Council for "IBM's Outlook: Strategic Talent Management with Peggy Tayloe"

HR Leaders in Western PA have spoken! The #1 issue identified in the recent Annual HR Leadership Survey was the acquisition, retention, and development of talent needed to achieve their organization's strategy. The Pittsburgh Technology Council, Leadership Pittsburgh Inc., the HR Leadership Forum of Western PA, and the Pittsburgh Human Resources Association are joining forces to bring you the latest, most innovative best practices and thought leadership in strategic talent management.

The second speaker in the series will be Peggy Tayloe, Director, North American Recruiting at IBM. She will focus on the business issues that have driven IBM's talent management and leadership development strategies. Come and learn from a world-class organization that has been an industry leader in human resources for many years.


When: Tuesday, April 13, 2010
7:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Location: Rivers Club, 301 Grant St #411, 15219
$40 Member
$175 Non-Member

NOTE: Leadership Pittsburgh Graduates and Participants are eligible for PTC member pricing. Contact events@pghtech.org or call 412.918.4229 to register at the special price of $40.

RECENT LPInc Programs

Leadership Pittsburgh XXVI Justice & Human Services Session

On Thursday, March 4, 2010, LP XXVI participated in their Justice and Human Services session, a new curriculum component designed to provide the key senior leaders in the program with opportunities to explore key policy issues, and stimulate thinking about the interrelationships between justice and human services systems. Sponsored by the Allegheny County Bar Association (David Blaner, LP XI, Executive Director), the session featured important interactions with those served by and serving the justice and human services systems.

LP XXVI Photo 1     LP XXVI Photo 2
LEFT:Maurita Bryant, LP XXVI, Assistant Chief, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police
RIGHT:Frederick Thieman, President, The Buhl Foundation


Leadership Development Initiative XVII STAR Perspective/Diversity Session

On March 11, 2010 the 52 members of LDI focused on STAR Perspective using the issue of Diversity as a lens for honing this skill. Participants engaged in discussions and activities that explored personal bias and strategies for developing a broader perspective. This session was facilitated by Dina Clark, (LP XXIII, Executive Director, Western PA Diversity Initiative) and Jason Dugger (LDI XVI, LOB XI, Manger of Employee Development & Retention, Pitt Ohio Express).

LDI Photo 1      LDI Photo 2
LEFT: Dina Clark, LP XXIII, Executive Director, Western PA Diversity Initiative
RIGHT: Rebecca Stolte, LDI XVII, Branch Sales & Client Services Manager, Amica Mutual Insurance Co.; Kelly Boland, LDI XVII, Director of Research, Planning, and Business Development, Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board; Robert Chambers, LDI XVII, Business Development, Massaro Corporation

NEW LPI Connective Members

A big thank you to all of our graduates and friends who joined the LPI Connective or renewed memberships between February 16 and March 24. Click here to learn more about how you can join; we would love to feature YOU on this list!

Linda Clautti, LP XXI Henry J. Compernolle, Jr.,
Taki Darakos, LDI XV
Melissa M. Sassano-Dunn, LDI XIII Dmitri D. Shiry,
Salvatore M. Sirabella, LP I William Slivka

SPECIAL Announcements

ATTENTION LPInc. Graduates and Participants: Curious about our NEW program, TEDx Leadership Pittsburgh? Click Here!


TedX Leadership Pittsburgh Prize Winners

The Allegheny Intermediate Unit awarded the TEDx Leadership Pittsburgh Prize for Teachers at the opening reception of the Fred Forward Conference on March 21. Congratulations to the following winners:

Christy Leslie, Paynter Elementary

Karen Schwarzl, Deer Lakes middle School

Lynn Welteroth, Deer Lakes Middle School


Leadership OnBoard "Stories of Service"
An Occasional Leadership Log Feature.

Abby Sadowsky

Abby Sadowsky, Communications Specialist for the Allegheny Conference on Community Development & Affiliates and Associate Producer of "Our Region's Business," was matched with City Theatre for the Leadership OnBoard (LOB) 2009-2010 program year. After serving for a few months on the City Theatre board in the LOB guest capacity, Abby was asked to serve as a full voting board member. Based on the wonderful experience Abby had during her LOB term, she enthusiastically accepted. Abby had this to say, "Being a part of LDI XVI was a personal and professional game changer for me and I wanted to continue the momentum through LOB after graduation.  I was passionate about joining City Theatre from the beginning and my experience there has been wonderful. The staff and board members welcomed me openly and I in turn jumped in with both feet--eventually joining the Marketing Task Force, the Green Room young professionals initiative and the Annual Gala Planning Committee.  I have been privileged to work behind the scenes of Pittsburgh's home for new plays and with this dynamic group of arts advocates.  I am absolutely honored to join them as a full board member and would not have known how to make the most of my LOB opportunity without the leadership growth I gained from LPInc. Thank you!"

To learn how you can become a part of Leadership OnBoard for 2010-2011 either as a participant or host organization, contact Danielle Tyson, Graduate & External Affairs Manager, at 412.392.2248 | danielle@lpinc.org.


Congratulations to LPInc. Graduate and Participant Fab 40 Honorees!

Ondrea Burton, LDI XV, Communications Specialist, Allegheny County Deptartment of Human Services
Ingrid Fulton-Edwards, LDI XIV, Program Director, Gwen's Girls, Inc.
Bomani Howze, LP XXIV, Program Officer, Innovation Economy, Heinz Endowments
Jeremiah Jackson, LDI XVI, Program Manager, Leadership Pittsburgh Inc.
Ayisha Morgan-Lee, LDI XIII, Artistic Director, CEO & Founder, Hill Dance Academy Theatre
Sabrina Saunders, LDI XVII, Manager of Youth Policy, Office of Mayor Luke Ravenstahl
Royce Woods, LDI XV, Relationship Manager, PNC Private Client Group

Congrats to Point Park University's Black Student Union Women of Humility LPI Awardees

Gretchen Haggerty, LP III, EVP/CFO, US Steel Corporation
Dr. Karen McIntyre, LP XVI, Dean, School of Arts & Sciences, Point Park University
Helen Fallon, LP XXV, Chair & Professor, Point
Park University

Employment & Community Opportunities

Want to Know What it Takes to be "A Star at Work?" Want to Brush Up Your Star Performer Skills to Shine More Brightly?  Curious about the Leadership Model being Utilized in Current Leadership Development Initiative Classes?

Then register to attend AND RECEIVE A SPECIAL LPI DISCOUNT at University of Pittsburgh's Katz School of Business Center for Executive Education's 3-day program (led by David Binder, LDI Program Advisor, Principal Consultant of Avid Learner, Inc. and Adjunct Professor). For more information, click here (www.lpinc.org/pittprogram.pdf)  

When:              May 10, 2010                Leadership, Followership and Star Performance
May 11, 2010                Cross Organizational Influence
May 12, 2010                C-level Communication

Time:               8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Where:            5th floor of Alumni Hall, University of Pittsburgh  (former Masonic Temple building located across from the Cathedral of Learning on the 5th Avenue side)
Fee:                $695/per individual course  

Leadership Pittsburgh Alumni receive a 10% discount, $625.50/per individual course and a 15% discount/all three courses (and receive a Certificate in Leadership & Organizational Effectiveness from the University of Pittsburgh). Course materials, light dinner and beverages will be provided to the class.   

To register please call 412-648-1600 or use this link for on-line registration:  http://www.business.pitt.edu/cee/programs/calendar.php 

Submitted by: Dr. Audrey Murrell, LP XVI, Associate Professor of Business Administration, Psychology, Public & International Affairs - Director, David Berg Center for Ethics & Leadership, University of Pittsburgh


Rights to Realities III: Women & Economic Justice

Honoring those who have worked to make economic justice a reality for all women.

When: Thursday, April 29, 2010
to 8:00pm
Where: Space Gallery, 812 Liberty Ave

For more information, click here.

Submitted by: Jessica Beckett-McWalter, LDI XVI, Attorney at Law, Pepper Hamilton LLP


Get Involved! Service Summit

This all day summit will enable an estimated 175 participants to learn about ways to make a difference in the community and also hear best practices and useful advice from the region's top speakers and leaders. Network with the other guests and absorb all the information you can so that you can make your own handprint within the community!

When: Thursday, April 22, 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: Union Project (801 N Negley Avenue Pgh, PA 15206)

For more information and to register, visit http://www.bakerleadership.com/events. LPInc. Grads/Participants register for only $20!

Submitted by: Tom Baker, LDI XV, President, Baker Leadership


2010 Wherrett Lecture Series: "Innovation and the Future of Local Government"

The Innovation Clinic at the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA), The Local Government Academy, and the Allegheny Conference on Community Development are proud to announce that Dr. James H. Svara will present the spring 2010 Wherrett Lecture on Local Government.

When: April 2, 2010 9:00
AM to 10:30 AM. Continental Breakfast at 8:30 AM.
Where: University Club, Ballroom A 123
, University Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Please RSVP to gspiaic@pitt.edu or 412-648-2282. For more information, see www.lpinc.org/gspia.pdf.

Submitted by: Kathy Risko, LDI XI, Associate Director, CONNECT, University of Pittsburgh.


LPInc. Alumni/Participants Save at City Theatre:

A hit in development at both Momentum 08 and Sundance, When January Feels Like Summer now receives its world premiere. In a culture-colliding comic whirlwind, homeboys become heroes, a gallant garbage man rescues a shopkeeper in distress, and Ishan becomes Indira with the swipe of a lipstick. Tickets available through April 11, 2010. Use the code "LPInc." to receive half off your second ticket. Call 412.431.CITY or visit CityTheatreCompany.org today.

Submitted by: Abby Sadowsky, LDI XVI, Communications Specialist, The Allegheny Conference on Community Development


Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre Offers Special Discount to LPInc. Grads and Participants

Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre (PICT) has a special offer for LP and LDI graduates and current participants: a full season subscription (7 nights of theatre) for $215! The subscription includes a new musical drama, Beautiful Dreamers based on the songs of Stephen Foster, Shakespeare's Othello, a festival of six plays by British Nobel prize winner, Harold Pinter and the Victorian comedy, Hobson's Choice. For more information, go to www.picttheatre.org . Call Eric Nelson at 412-561-6000 x206 to subscribe and mention Leadership Pittsburgh to secure the discount. Flex packages are also available.

Submitted by: Gale McGloin, LP XIV, Development Director, Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre.


New Pittsburgh Collaborative (NPC) HUB Event: For the Greater Good

When:  Wednesday, April 14, 2010, 7- 9 PM
Where: FATE Lounge (1650 Smallman Street, Strip District)

NPC's first 2010 HUB is all about service and is presented in partnership by the young professional divisions of Big Brothers Big Sisters, GLENDA and the Urban League. Join the dynamic NPC network to to learn more about how you can impact the community through these organizations. 

Cash bar and complimentary appetizers provided with donation of a new or used board game for participants of Big Brothers Big Sisters. Email NPC Co-Chair Misti McKeehen (mmckeehen@coropittsburgh.org) to RSVP or with questions.

Submitted by: Abby Sadowsky, LDI XVI, Communications Specialist, The Allegheny Conference on Community Development.

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