Jim Withers, M.D., Operation Safety Net
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
4:30-6:00 p.m. 
Frick Fine Arts Building, 125 Lecture Hall

The Ford Institute for Human Security and Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership are co-sponsoring a photo exhibit by Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer, Martha Rial, at 6 p.m., Thurs., Sept. 29 at the Gallery 937, 937 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh.

2016 Emerging Leader Award
Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership 
Honoring Mr. Alec Karakatsanis
October 19th at 4 p.m., Ballroom A, University Club, University of Pittsburgh

Alec is the founder of an organization called Equal Justice Under Law.  He was recently named Trial Lawyer of the Year by Public Justice.  We are giving Alec our 2016 Emerging Leader Award for his remarkable work in pursuit of justice for persons who have been ignored or, worse, systematically disadvantaged under the current justice system. Largely in Southern states, Alec has successfully fought successfully against the money bail system, debtors’ prisons, and many other injustices that have ruined lives and fractured families, and clogged our legal system and our correctional facilities with people who have committed non-violent crimes.  You can learn a bit more about his work in this video.

RSVP: or 412-648-1336

New Student Orientation

Friday, October 7, 2016
6:30-8:30 pm
Alumni Hall, Fifth Floor
4227 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15260
To RSVP, click here.

The Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership announces the 2016 Exemplary Leadership Award event. Susan Collin Marks, Peace Ambassador and John Marks, Founder and Former President of Search for Common Ground are the event’s honorees. The event will take place on Thursday, April 21, 2016 in Ballroom B of the University Club, from 3:30-5:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

November 6, 2015
3:30-5:00 p.m.
3911 Posvar Hall

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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

The Johnson Institute will host a panel discussion focusing on “Women in Leadership—Milestones and Challenges”, at 2:00 p.m., Friday, March 20 in the O’Hara Student Center (4024 O’Hara Street, Pittsburgh).  The panel includes: Barbara Mistick, president, Wilson College (Moderator); Marisa Bartley, executive director of the PNC YMCA;  Müge Finkel, assistant professor of International Development, GSPIA; Terry Miller, director, Institute of Politics, University of Pittsburgh; Lourdes Sanchez Ridge, Esq., Pittsburgh Solicitor, and Chief Legal Officer.  Event is free and open to the public. RSVP:

The University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs will host the 2015 Honors and Graduation Ceremony at 4 p.m., Thursday, April 23 in Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum in Oakland. Read more.

Join GSPIA Career Services at 1:00pm  in Posvar 3610 for a workshop on how to give effective presentations!

Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership
3917 Wesley W. Posvar Hall, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15260