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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On Thursday, January 27, Margaret McKenna, President of the Walmart Foundation, delivered a presentation entitled, “Corporate Philanthropy: Tackling Tough Problems with New Approaches,” at the University of Pittsburgh. The event, hosted by GSPIA’s Philanthropy Forum and Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership, shed light on key topics like strategy, collaboration and volunteerism in the charitable sector.

GSPIA Alumnus Nitin Madhav is highlighted in The Washington Post article: "Providing U.S. aid to the poor and suffering abroad." Read more.

GSPIA’s Philanthropy Forum will host Margaret McKenna, President of the Walmart Foundation at 3:30 p.m. Thurs., Jan 27 in Ballroom A at the University Club. Her presentation, “Corporate Philanthropy: Tackling Tough Problems with New Approaches,” will address changes in corporate philanthropy using new tools to tackle serious social problems.

GSPIA will honor Distinguished Alumna Kathleen Connell, MPIA ’71, during an award presentation and reception at 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 10 at the Pittsburgh Athletic Association in Oakland, (4215 5th Avenue, 2nd Floor Library).

Lauren Ackerman, MPIA ’11, was recently selected as one of 16 master’s degree students nationally to participate in the 2010 Japan Travel Program for U.S. Future Leaders sponsored by The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP), in collaboration with the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA).

Kathleen Buechel, Senior Lecturer and Director of GSPIA’s Philanthropy Forum, will be one of seven women honored for her work in the Pittsburgh community by the YWCA during the 28th annual “A Tribute to Women Leadership Awards Luncheon" on May 19. The YWCA recognizes and honors women from the Greater Pittsburgh area who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in the workplace and in the community, and for their contributions to the goals of the YWCA – the empowerment of women and girls and the elimination of racism.

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