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.

Story Courtesy of Christine Waller

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.

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