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The Johnson Institute recently honored Fagan Harris, the founder and CEO of Baltimore Corps, with its Emerging Leader Award.  The Emerging Leader Award is granted annually and recognizes the accomplishments of people who, relatively early in their professional careers, have demonstrated exceptional leadership qualities and high promise of future accomplishments. This year’s recipient Fagan Harris is an incredibly compassionate, innovative emerging leader who seeks to address the multifaceted challenges that faced his home town.  

On Thurs., Sept. 28, Colonel Diane Ryan, the inaugural speaker for the Frances Hesselbein Forum Lecture Series, met with students of the Johnson Institute’s Leadership Portfolio Program for a Q&A session.  Col. Ryan is an esteemed veteran who has moved up the ranks of the US Army serving 29 years before moving into academic roles. She spent the last nine years as a faculty member and senior administrative leader at the United States Military Academy at West Point (USMA). There Col. Ryan was instrumental at implementing programming and coursework with a focus on civic engagement.

Dr. Diane Ryan will deliver the inaugural lecture of the Hesselbein Forum at 5:00 p.m. on Thurs., Sept. 28 at the Twentieth Century Club.  During her talk, Dr. Ryan will explore values-based leadership development as well as share research that demonstrates the importance of quality, character, mind-set, values, and principles in today’s rapidly evolving world. 

The University of Pittsburgh, in collaboration with Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient and Pitt alumna Frances Hesselbein, has established The Frances Hesselbein Leadership Forum at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA).
 
Since 1990, Hesselbein has been at the helm of a leadership institute founded as the Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management. In 2012, the organization was renamed to honor Hesselbein and her ongoing contributions. It continued its work and mission as The Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute by providing social sector leaders with essential leadership wisdom, inspiration and resources to lead for innovation and to build vibrant social sector organizations. The institute has chosen to transfer many of its assets to the University of Pittsburgh to establish The Frances Hesselbein Leadership Forum.

The Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership released its annual report for the 2016-2017 academic year. Dr. Kevin Kearns, a GSPIA professor and director of the institute, highlighted the new and ongoing programs that make the Johnson Institute such a valuable asset to Pitt, the Pittsburgh community, and the world beyond. This year, the institute received the largest single foundation grant in its history from the Richard King Mellon Foundation in recognition of its community outreach initiatives such as the Leadership Portfolio Program and the Nonprofit Clinic. 

In a landslide victory, GSPIA Alumnus and incumbent Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto (MPPM ’11) garnered nearly 70% of the votes in the May 16th primary election, securing the Democratic Party nomination. As no Republican challengers have appeared, the path is clear for Peduto to assume a second term as Pittsburgh’s mayor.  

By Mamadou Ndiaye Jr.

On March 28, Dr. Jim Withers received the Exemplary Leadership Award from the Johnson Institute. Dr. Withers was recognized for his work with Operation Safety Net and the Street Medicine Institute. These organizations focus on healthcare provision to the homeless in communities in Pittsburgh and across the globe. At the luncheon held in his honor, Withers spoke about his career path and the need within the healthcare system to become more "humanized.” 

The Johnson Institute’s Case Study Series features the accomplishments of the Institute’s Exemplary Leadership Award Winners. This is the sixth case study in the exemplary leader series and it documents the leadership of Pitt alumnus Bill Strickland, CEO, Manchester Bidwell Corporation.  Mr. Strickland founded the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild in 1968 and in 1972 assumed leadership of the Bidwell Training Center. The two now operate side by side in a beautiful facility in Pittsburgh’s Manchester neighborhood.

By Nancy Jones, (MPA)

Select cities around the world are acting to mitigate their impact on the environment and must develop plans to adapt to climate change. This past summer I wrote a case study comparing climate adaptation and mitigation policies in the city of Copenhagen.  Specifically I wanted to understand the rationale for the adoption of the two distinct policies. I chose Copenhagen because the city consistently ranks among the top 10 Green City Indices and other sustainability metrics, actively reduces the use of carbon-intensive systems in its portfolio, and must cope with increased flooding as a result of climate change. I applied for funding to carry out qualitative research with industry experts and was afforded the exceptional opportunity to visit the city during the first week of September. 

On October 19, 2016, the Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership at GSPIA gave its annual Emerging Leader Award to Alec Karakatsanis. Alec is the founder and executive director of Civil Rights Corps which provides pro bono legal services to those most in need and works to change the systemic issues that create unjustifiable inequalities in the criminal legal system. Prior to this, Alec co-founded Equal Justice Under Law, a non-profit organization dedicated to “ensuring that the legal system protects the important principles of human and civil rights, equality, and fairness.”

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