The Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership will honor Fagan Harris, CEO of Baltimore Corps, at 6:00 p.m., Friday, Oct. 20 at the University Club.

Johnson Institute: 2017 Emerging Leader Award
Friday, October 20, 2017
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
University Club, Ballroom A

Join the Johnson Institute for a discussion on the topic of shelter, broadly interpreting the topic to include homelessness, immigrant and refugee services, and protection of society's marginalized populations. Event is free and open to the public. RSVP: or 412-648-1336.

Leadership Roundtable: Shelter
October 5, 2017
4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
3911 Posvar Hall

Dr. Diane Ryan
Associate Dean of Programs & Administration
Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University
Thursday, Sept. 28
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Twentieth Century Club, Lecture Room
4201 Bigelow Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

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

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