June 2016

This Month’s Featured Events


The Implications of Brexit on the Future of Europe

Just days before the United Kingdom’s referendum determining its fate in the European Union, the Council hosted a timely discussion on Brexit and the political and economic implications of this vote.

Panelists Dr. John T.S. Keeler, Dean of the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh, and William Adams, Senior International Economist with The PNC Financial Services Group, along with moderator Dr. Allyson Lowe of Carlow University, addressed a packed house of interested guests during the June 13th luncheon hosted at Reed Smith.


DSC_0053Cultural Diversity Series Grows in Popularity

On June 6, the Council hosted a panel of female leaders from Pittsburgh’s African-American community to discuss cultural diversity and inclusivity in Pittsburgh. The panel featured  Atiya Abdelmalik (Highmark), Dina Clark (Covestro), Melanie Harrington (Vibrant Pittsburgh), and was moderated by Sabrina Saunders (Strong Women, Strong Girls). This event was the third panel discussion since May as part of our Diversity through the Eyes of Women series. The May 18th panel was focused on women from the Latino community, and featured Betty Cruz (Office of the Mayor), Rosamaria Cristello (Latino Family Center), and Gisele Fetterman, (Braddock Free Store). Each of the engaging and educational discussions left the audience inspired and eager to do more.

The positive reception of these discussions and requests to be featured from other cultural communities in Pittsburgh have led the Council to extend this series to put a spotlight on many more of Pittsburgh’s culturally diverse communities. Look out for more details about date, time and location later this summer.


Education Program Highlights


Global Leadership Showcase

In May, the Council held its inaugural Global Leadership Certificate Showcase. Students gave lightning talks and multimedia presentations about their Capstone projects, which included a global audit of a school, a cultural night, a global news production, a student talent show and fundraising event, and an audit of a school’s globally-focused offerings.

In addition to highlighting student work, the Council also presented the George C. Oehmler Award for exemplary performance on the part of a teacher to Mary Quirk, an Enrichment Coordinator at South Fayette High School. The night was a tremendous success, and we look forward to our next Showcase in May 2017!


Journalist Visits CAPA Students

Polish journalist Joanna Skrzypiec, a Transatlantic Media Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, discussed U.S presidential elections and European politics during a recent visit to Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12.


Special WESA’s Broadcast Brexit and the Future of Europe

On June 8th WESA’s broadcast of Essential Pittsburgh featured William Adams, Vice President and Senior International WESA (9) (002)Economist with The PNC Financial Services Group, sharing thoughts on the Brexit. If you missed it, click here to listen.


Don’t Miss Our Upcoming Events!

Young Professionals Happy Hour in Partnership with Global Pittsburgh
Thursday, July 7, 2016 at 5:30 pm
Roland’s Seafood Grill

The Arab Spring: Where are we Today?
Monday, July 25, 2016 at 6:00 pm
Alphabet City Tent (City of Asylum)


Listen Up: The Council’s Coverage of Global Issues

Each week, the Council hosts a half-hour conversation on global issues. Tune in to the Global Press Conference on 1410 KQV AM radio every Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. If you missed any of our last five broadcasts, you can catch up here:

  • Life as a foreign service officer with Dale Giovengo, Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Embassy in Iraq
  • What does it mean to be a global citizen? Jonathan Hill, Principal at The Compton Group shares his thoughts
  • Understanding the economic and political situation in Brazil with Dr. Barry Ames, Andrew Mellon Professor of Comparative Politics, University of Pittsburgh
  • Exploring Pittsburgh’s diversity explosion with William H. Frey, Senior Fellow of the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings, and Brandon Mendoza, Manager of Government Affairs at the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce
  • A discussion on Syria with Ross Harrison, Professor of International Affairs at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service


Meet the Team

Every month, we would like to introduce you to someone from our board members, staff members, interns, or volunteers.

In this edition, we are excited and proud to feature two of our new board members, who are outstanding members of the local community:

Gabe Pellathy From PPG

profile_1Gabe Pellathy is Managing Director of Government Affairs of PPG Industries. He joined PPG in this role in 2013, leading PPG’s global government affairs activities and is the Executive Director of PPG’s political action committee. He serves as the Chairman of the International Investment and Finance Committee of the National Association of Manufacturers. Pellathy began his career as an attorney with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, then worked at the U.S. Department of Commerce as Chief of Staff and Deputy Director.

Patrick Forster From PwC

profile_2As a senior consulting executive and leader with over 20 years of healthcare experience, Patrick has structured, planned, and led numerous enterprise transformation projects within Healthcare organizations focused on aligning the people, process, and technology with their strategy and vision.Patrick has led and participated in over 25 business transformation projects for some of the most well-run and widely recognized health systems including Presence Health, The Methodist Hospital System, AdvantageCare Physicians (Emblem Health), Piedmont Healthcare, UPMC, Lahey Clinic, UVA Medical Center, Henry Ford health system, and UC Davis Medical Center, to name a few.


Must Reads From Our Region

Pittsburgh’s becoming known as a global gumshoe in unmasking international hackers and crime bosses.

We are also providing the blueprint for citywide maker education.

International companies (especially from Germany) increase presence in Pittsburgh


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