Pittsburgh Magazine and PUMP are celebrating the 25th anniversary of their 40 Under 40 awards with an inspiring class of changemakers hard at work in the region. Among the list are two GSPIA alumni, Sabrina Yow-Chyi Liu and Dan Law.
Since 1998, the 40 Under 40 awards program has recognized nearly one thousand entrepreneurs, executives, artists, scholars, leaders in industry, public figures, and more. With a variety of passions and backgrounds, honorees are diverse but united by a shared commitment to transforming our region while paving the way for others to follow.
Congrats to Sabrina and Dan! Here's more about their current roles and impact:
Sabrina Yow-Chyi Liu began working for United Steelworkers in 2014. When she spoke up about something at her workplace, an employee used her immigration status to retaliate against her. This experience, learning firsthand how power imbalances in the workplace can impact worker’s rights, led Liu to create the Pittsburgh chapter of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance. Her organization helps Pittsburgh residents of Asian and Pacific Islander descent learn about their rights both in and out of the workplace and provides information on available resources around the region. She has led efforts to protect and serve human rights in Pittsburgh and around the world, including leading voter outreach focused on public school funding and immigrant worker justice, documenting human rights violations in Bangladesh and campaigning for migrant worker rights in Jordan.
Before taking on the role of Associate Director at the Andy Warhol Museum earlier this year, Dan Law had worked as a part of the museum family for nearly five years. He designed and launched The Pop District, now overseeing this $65 million initiative focused on transforming the eastern North Shore through the power of arts, creativity, and economic development. With youth education and training programs, public art installations, live event venues, and a home for creative workplace development, Law’s vision is extensive. Yet as the former producer of the Thrival Music + Innovations festival and co-founder and chairman of the nonprofit Partnership to Advance Responsible Technology (P.A.R.T.), it’s safe to say he’s no stranger to dreaming up and executing big ideas.
You can read the full list of the 2023 awardees here.
Photos by Becky Thurner Braddock