Senior Lecturer Kathy Buechel recently participated in an interview for the Pittsburgh Magazine article, “The Give Guide: Learn how to live and give your best to charities, non-profits and more.” Read article.

Fifteen years ago, Darell Hammond started KaBOOM! with a vision for “a place to play within walking distance of every child in America.” Today, KaBOOM! has helped build over 2,000 playgrounds across America, mobilizing community members, corporations and politicians in “the movement to save play.”

The Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership, in collaboration with the Institute for Social Innovation (Carnegie Mellon University), will present Darell Hammond, CEO of KaBOOM! in conversation with John Fetterman, Mayor of Braddock, at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 14 in the Schenley Ballroom, Holiday Inn University Center.

The Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership partnered with the Coro Center for Civic Leadership, Pittsburgh by sponsoring its 2011 Leadership Luncheon Series.

Story Courtesy of Melody Joachim

“The world needs you now more than ever,” proclaimed Dr. Kathleen Connell, MPIA ’72, in her address on April 28 to the graduating class of 2011. Connell challenged students to “find opportunities that expand your perspective, demand full engagement of your intellect, and empower others to achieve their goals.” She shared her version of the “Six i’s” of leadership: innovation, initiative, independence, integrity, introspection and insight. She encouraged students to be creative, risk failure, take time to rest, and establish a reputation for integrity, “the essence of everything successful.” Finally, Connell challenged graduates to “live each day as if it is your singular opportunity to make a difference.”

Story by Christine Waller

Name some of the largest and most devastating crises that the U.S. has faced in recent history, and it is almost certain that Admiral Thad Allen (ret.) was there. Before retiring, Admiral Allen was the Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard where he led recovery efforts following Hurricane Katrina. More recently he led the federal government’s response to the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico. For his leadership during these crises and more, Admiral Allen is the recipient of this year’s Exemplary Leadership Award from the Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership.

Story by Dr. Kevin Kearns and Lauren Ackerman

A key objective of the Johnson Institute’s Leadership Portfolio Program (LPP) is the opportunity for students to learn formal principles of leadership and apply them to real-life experiences. As a component of such experiences, Johnson Institute hosts a bi-monthly LPP book club to analyze and reflect on the skills, values and ethics of outstanding leaders. This semester, the LPP students read John Prendergast’s book, “Not On Our Watch,” and met with Prendergast to ask him about his work in Sudan and how he advocates for policies to protect international human rights.

The University of Pittsburgh will host a Feb. 25 conference with the American Association for Budget and Program Analysis (AABPA) titled “Transparency 2011: The Budget and Your Career.” The daylong conference will feature two panel discussions regarding federal funding and transparency from regional and federal governmental perspectives. The event is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. in the University Club, 123 University Place, Oakland.

GSPIA has just hired Luke Condra, now a Postdoctoral Scholar at UC-San Diego’s Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, to serve beginning in the fall as an Assistant Professor of International Affairs.

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