We are proud to announce the release of the 2015 edition of our award-winning magazine, GSPIA Perspectives. The year’s issue focuses on GSPIA's strength in local leadership and features the alumni serving in the city of Pittsburgh and the surrounding boroughs.
GSPIA alumni are invited to attend a celebration of Pitt’s 2015 Homecoming and the launch of the 2015 edition of GSPIA Perspectives at 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Thurs. Oct. 8 at the Six Penn Kitchen in downtown Pittsburgh. Hors d’oeuvres provided, cash bar. To RSVP by October 1, click here.
The Ford Institute welcomes Aarya Nijat to speak with Prof. Jennifer Murtazashvili to students on the theme of their new co-authored paper, Women's Leadership Roles in Afghanistan, published by the US Institute of Peace.
Aarya Nijat is a policy analyst who has spent more than a decade in the development sector in Afghanistan and Pakistan. She previously served as the Director of Capacity and Institutional Development at the Government of Afghanistan's Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG).
Please join us in honoring this year's winners of the Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership Emerging Leader Award:
Andrew Butcher, CEO and Co-Founder of GTECH and
Julie Butcher Pezzino, Executive Director of Grow Pittsburgh.
With this award, we recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of individuals who, relatively early in their professional careers, have demonstrated exceptional leadership qualities and high promise of future contributions.
Andrew has shown impressive leadership as a social entrepreneur in the fields of sustainability, energy, public policy and community development. Julie has shown great leadership in urban gardening as a means of working to end food deserts and works to improve the environment, nutrition and the sense of community in the Pittsburgh area. Both have a strong commitment to helping to make our region a vibrant and welcoming place for a new generation of community-minded leaders.
To learn more about their work visit:
For more information contact Lydia McShane at 412-648-1336 or email@example.com.
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The State of Pennsylvania's Auditor General, Eugene DePasquale (MPA '97) issued a pair of "long-awaited" audits today investigating the State Board of Education and its special adviser Ron Tomalis, appointed by former governor Tom Corbett. DePasquale was quoted in the Post-Gazette as saying that, “either literally [Mr. Tomalis] went to the office and sat there and did nothing... or they need to get better at retaining records.” Mr. DePasquale also criticized the department's lack of assistance to poorly performing schools and failure to update its Basic Education Master Plan for 16 years.
In the 2013 mayoral election, three GSPIA alumni competed for the office and GSPIA alumnus Bill Peduto won by a landslide. Since 2014, the mayor of Pittsburgh has thus been a GSPIA alumnus, and working with him are five other GSPIAns in manager-level staff positions; approximately 25 more GSPIA alumni are also currently employed by the city. The success of these alumni reflects GSPIA’s commitment to training students for local public service since the founding of the school by Dean Donald Stone, whose first job was in the mayor’s office in Cincinnati.
The Workforce Development Global Alliance (WDGA) will honor GSPIA Professor Kevin Kerns for his commitment to servant leadership with the 10th Annual Dr. Wangari Maathai Humanitarian Award, Tues., November 3. According to WDGA’s announcement, the award recognizes Kearns for his "unprecedented levels of servant leadership, commitment and impact to mankind from local to global communities."
On Sept. 21, 2015, the Ford Institute for Human Security welcomed Dr. Des Gasper to give this year’s Saul M. Katz Lecture titled “Human Security and Human Rights: Competitive or Complementary?” Dr. Gasper is a professor at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague, part of Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands. He delivered a talk to a standing-room only crowd based on his current paper entitled “Human Security, Undermining Human Rights?”
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