The Allegheny Conference has announced that Rosamaria Cristello (MPPM) is the inaugural recipient of the Barbara McNees Spirit of ATHENA Award Scholarship. Cristello is the director of the Latino Family Center in the Hazelwood neighborhood of Pittsburgh.

It is with great sadness that we announce the recent passing of Glen R. Johnson, good friend and benefactor of the Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. Glen passed away Monday, August 1, peacefully and with his family by his side. Glen was an extraordinary leader in all three sectors – government, business and nonprofit. He was beloved as a husband, father, grandfather, and friend. Those of us who were fortunate enough to know and work with Glen have lost an inspiring mentor. We will honor his memory by continuing the important work of the Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership. We extend our deepest condolences to his wife, LaVonne, and to Glen’s family. We are planning to honor Glen’s extraordinary life during one of our upcoming events this fall. Until then, you may share your thoughts and notes of condolence with Glen’s family by visiting

Tyler O'Daniel (MPIA '17), a member of the Johnson Institute Leadership Portfolio Program, was recently chosen to participate in the selective Hesselbein Global Leadership Summit.  The Summit, which will take place July 23-26 at the University of Pittsburgh, prepares students to excel as effective, ethical, and innovative global leaders. Fifty participants from around the world work alongside distinguished mentors who share their experience and guide students through leadership training.  The Summit is named in honor of Frances Hesselbein, one of the most highly respected experts in the field of contemporary leadership development, who has joined with the University of Pittsburgh and colleagues worldwide to strengthen leadership among college-age students.

The Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership will honor Susan Collin Marks, Peace Ambassador and John Marks, Founder of the Search for Common Ground at 3:30 pm, Thursday, April 21 at the University Club.

By Aileen St. Leger

For many years, the City of Pittsburgh was said to be suffering from “brain drain,” the phenomena caused by students receiving a rigorous education from one of Pittsburgh’s prestigious institutions, and then leaving the city in search of better economic opportunities in other regions, explained John Delano on a recent segment of the Sunday Business Page.

The Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership is pleased to release its 2015 annual report featuring exemplars of leadership, teaching, research, and the ongoing public service efforts of the institute.

By Sarah Boal

The students of the Leadership Portfolio Program recently met with former Secretary of the Treasury, Paul O’Neill. The retired Alcoa Chairman and CEO made the trip to campus to share his insights on leadership with the group.  Mr. O’Neill has long been known for the emphasis he places on workplace safety and has carried this ideal with him through posts in all three sectors at Alcoa, The RAND Corporation, and even the Department of the Treasury.

The Johnson Institute is pleased to announce that a team of GSPIA faculty, staff and alumni recently received an honorable mention for best paper at the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action Conference.  Director Kevin Kearns, Institute Administrator Lydia McShane, and alumni David Bell (PhD) and Bobbi Deem (MPA) conducted intensive interviews with CEOs and board chairs for their exploratory study, How Nonprofit Leaders Evaluate Funding Sources: An Exploratory Study of Nonprofit Leaders. To read the paper, click here.

The Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership is one of a few University of Pittsburgh institutes to take part in the launch of the Elsie Hillman Civic Forum. The Forum is designed to bring together community leaders and young people for educational programs, research projects, and mentoring. The forum’s purpose is to encourage students to become involved in the Pittsburgh region’s civic growth.  Read More.  

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."

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