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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.

By Chris Gursky

Several GSPIA LPP students attended a lecture by Robert S. Mueller III, former Director of the FBI on November 19th, 2014 presented as a part of the Robert Morris University Speaker Series at Heinz Hall. Throughout his talk, Mueller toed the line between somber discussions of past and present security threats and more light-hearted jests about his personal life.

Sandra Taylor, executive director of Sustainable Business International, has been named the recipient of The Johnson Institute's Exemplary Leadership Award.

Dean’s Award Winner, Eamonn Berry (MPIA, 14), explains how he took advantage of GSPIA’s reputation and networking opportunities to gain professional experience. Mr. Berry is a business operations and implementation analysts for Maximus, a healthcare service delivery company, headquartered in Reston, VA. Listen to his story at YouTube.com.

The Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership annual report features the teaching, research, and ongoing public service efforts of the Institute.  This year’s annual report recognizes two local leaders that exemplify the mission and values of the Johnson Institute: Founder and CEO of the Manchester Bidwell Corporation Bill Strickland and Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto.

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