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."

The Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership recently held its annual Exemplary Leadership award ceremony at the O'Hara Student Center in Oakland. Each year, the Johnson Institute honors an individual whose leadership exemplifies the values of the Johnson Institute – effectiveness, integrity, and accountability – in some form of public service. This year's recipient is Sandra Taylor, president and CEO of Sustainable Business International LLC, a consulting business she launched in 2008. 

On February 18 Professor Kevin Kearns, Director of the Johnson Institute, provided an executive seminar on Leadership and Strategy to battalion chiefs and other leaders of the Fire Department of New York (FDNY). Kearns is among experts from leading institutions around the country who have been retained by Columbia University to serve as faculty for the Fire Officers Management Institute (FOMI). Kearns has served in this role for three years.

Throughout the coming month, students enrolled in GSPIA’s Nonprofit Clinic will deliver final presentations to client organizations. Through the Nonprofit Clinic, students work in teams of 2-3 to provide professional quality management consulting services to nonprofit organizations. Consulting projects address needs like strategic planning, marketing, program evaluation, industry / competitor analysis, internal management systems analysis, and other topics. Over the past five years, the Nonprofit Clinic has provided management consulting services to over 50 nonprofit organizations.

Sandra Taylor, president and CEO of Sustainable Business International, has been named this year’s winner of the Exemplary Leadership Award by the Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership. The Exemplary Leadership Award ceremony and lecture will be held at 4:00 p.m., Friday, March 20 at the O'Hara Student Center. 

Coro Pittsburgh presented GSPIA Professor Kevin Kearns with the Distinguished Individual Leadership Award at the 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Awards and Celebration, Friday, January 23 at the New Hazlett Theater. According to Coro’s announcement, “Kevin Kearns not only demonstrates values based leadership in his own work and service but successfully instills those values in those around him.”

While a student at GSPIA, Evie Gardner (MPA ’13) gained valuable hands-on experience through the Johnson Institute’s Leadership Portfolio Program. As part of the program, Gardner spent a year as a voting member of the board of directors at the United Way of Westmoreland County.  Today, Gardner is a consultant for the Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management in Pittsburgh, and recently sat down with Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter Joyce Gannon to discuss her career path.

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