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Make a gift today to grow a diverse workforce and a brighter future for our region. Email Melanie Harrington or call 412.281-8600.

Vibrant Pittsburgh Mini Grants Initiative

This year, Vibrant Pittsburgh is partnering with the Urban Affairs Foundation, which is a part of the Community Relations Council of Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh — to launch the Mini Grants Initiative: 2014 Civic Inclusion & Engagement Fund. This Fund will promote diverse communities in the Pittsburgh region and support them in creating opportunities for civic engagement that result in a more inclusive, and engaged multicultural region.

Grant application available here! Deadline for submission is 5pm December 13th.

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Don’t miss your chance! Enter to win a $250 gift card when you submit your photos to the Vibrant Pittsburgh Photo Contest, Pittsburgh: A City Transformed! To submit, visit the ‘Photo Contest’ app on ourFacebook Page!
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November Diversity Holidays
  • November is National Native American Heritage Month

  • November 3 marks the start of Diwali

  • November 11 is Veterans Day

  • November 12 is Birth of Baha’u’llah

  • November 13-14 is Ashura

  • November 20 is Transgender Day of Rememberence

  • November 27 (sunset) – December 5 is Hanukkah (Chanukah)

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Employers that have come together to grow the diversity of the region.  Interested in becoming a Vibrant Pittsburgh Employer Member? Contact us at

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November 2013
Hello Friends,

On December 5th, we are hosting our Vibrant Leaders Summit, for emerging leaders in collaboration with the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and ALPFA Pittsburgh. This engaging half-day summit is a forum for networking, and professional and personal development to inspire and support emerging leaders as they develop strategies to advance their careers. Our feature story below, explains why such an event is needed in our region.  As the workforce within the Pittsburgh region continues to age, it is important to position the region as a destination where individual development and career maturation is valued and supported.
More than 70 people from companies, universities, government agencies and nonprofits attended our Inclusion Best Practices Series last week featuring Shari Slate, Chief Inclusion and Collaboration Strategist for Cisco's Americas Region and Candi Castleberry-Singleton, Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer at UPMC as moderator.  In a fascinating presentation, Shari shared how she is leveraging Cisco’s inclusion strategy in combination with the organization’s technology strategy to drive more effective talent engagement and team collaboration to achieve business results.  Our next Inclusion Best Practices session will take place on February 12, 2014.  We hope you will save the date.
As we approach Thanksgiving, we hope you will make the most of this giving time of year and offer to mentor a newcomer in the region, mentor a young person entering the workforce, or invite someone with a different background to a gathering of your friends or colleagues. Take a chance with someone new this holiday season and have Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Vibrant Pittsburgh!

Be Vibrant,
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Melanie Harrington
President & CEO, Vibrant Pittsburgh


Calling All Emerging Leaders!
Vibrant Leaders Summit 2Attracting and retaining diverse, young, professional talent is critical to our region’s economic prosperity. As an economic development organization, Vibrant Pittsburgh works closely with other local professional and community-based partners to grow a more diverse and inclusive region. In collaboration with the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and ALPFA Pittsburgh, Vibrant Pittsburgh is hosting an engaging half-day summit for emerging leaders on December 5.

The Vibrant Leaders Summit will create a forum for connection and personal development for more than 250 diverse, young and mid-career professionals who are looking to launch and advance their career in the Pittsburgh region, and who are invested in transforming Pittsburgh into a diverse, thriving and welcoming region of opportunities.  The Summit is an opportunity for emerging leaders to network with other leaders in the community, reflect on their personal and professional development, learn tips for career advancement and be inspired to thrive in the Pittsburgh region.

The Summit will feature a keynote address by Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, President of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County who captivated the attention of employers and young professionals alike in his TEDx talk and on 60 Minutes. The half-day event also includes a hands on professional development workshop on honing one’s personal brand.

If you are an emerging leader in Pittsburgh, we invite you to attend the Vibrant Leaders Summit on December 5 at 7:30am at One PNC Plaza!

Why This Matters

The aging workforce is a growing national concern. As a large majority of the labor pool reaches retirement age, there is not an adequate supply of younger workers with the skills needed to fill the gap. As these older workers retire they also take with them their skills, knowledge, experience and relationships.
The Pittsburgh region is no exception. Over the last 30 years, Pittsburgh has transformed from a steel town into a thriving and diversified economy and a hub for innovation and progress. However, the region still faces a number of challenges including an aging population, decades of population decline and one of the lowest minority and foreign-born populations of the top metro areas in the country. According to the 2010 US Census, over 25% of the population is 55-years old or older.

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In 2012, Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board (TRWIB) released its aging report, “Does Age Matter? Workforce aging and its implication for collaborative talent management in the Pittsburgh region”. The report revealed that the gap between available talent and the retiring workforce in our region is expected to increase significantly in the next 10 years, which will in turn have a great impact on the region’s economic viability. The report identified the following key findings:
  • The region's workforce is older and has less younger talent than the national average.
  • Traditional goods-producing industries are older and age faster than the service-providing industries.
  • About half of those employed in manufacturing, education, health care, trades and utilities and financial services are 45 years old or older.
"As a region, we need to do better to find innovative, creative and effective avenues for young people to engage in meaningful career exploration activities and pursue strategies to engage aging workers in the development of youth workforce pipeline," said Stefani Pashman, TRWIB chief executive officer.
Vibrant Pittsburgh is answering the call-to-action with our Vibrant Leaders Summit. Our emerging leaders are the future of Pittsburgh and can make a difference in the region. It is imperative that we invest in this young talent and provide them the necessary support to succeed in our region.

Join us on December 5th at 7:30am at One PNC Plaza for our Vibrant Leaders Summit!
Register today.

Diversity and Inclusion Headlines & Resources

What is Diversity? (The Winters Group, Inc.)

Executive attitudes on diversity positive, but actions lagging, Korn/Ferry Institute survey finds (The Wall Street Journal)

Study: LGBT people of color amongst most disadvantaged in American workforce (Pink News)

“The Business Case for Racial Equity” quantifies the cost of racism in the U.S. (W.K Kellogg Foundation)


Events Around The Region
(Vibrant Pittsburgh sponsored events are highlighted. For more events, visit our website or follow us on facebook)

  • Vibrant Pittsburgh employer member Highmark is hosting The Veterans’ Symposium On the Front Line: Working With Veterans A Capacity Building Conference at Penn Avenue Place (PAP) – Highmark Auditorium on Thursday, November, 21st. For more information, email
  • Educating Teens about HIV/AIDS is hosting its Ninth Annual Red Ribbon Gala in observance of World AIDS Day on Sunday, December 1st at Omni William Penn Hotel. The Red Ribbon Reception begins at 4:00pm and dinner is at 5:00pm. This event is black tie optional. Tickets are $100 per person, $1000 per table. Please RSVP by November 28th at at
  • The Vibrant Pittsburgh Vibrant Leaders Summit will be held on December 5th.
*Connect with other emerging leaders
*Learn how to advance in your career
*Be inspired by the speakers
*Reflect on your (personal/professional) development
*Share your experiences
Register today!
  • Vibrant Pittsburgh is now accepting applications for its Mini Grants Initiative: 2014 Civic Inclusion & Engagement Fund. This year, Vibrant Pittsburgh is partnering with the Urban Affairs Foundation, which is a part of the Community Relations Council of Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh. This Fund will promote diverse communities in the Pittsburgh region and support them in creating opportunities for civic engagement that result in a more inclusive, and engaged multicultural region. Deadline for Submission: 5pm, Friday, December 13th. Grant application available here!
  • The United Rays Corvette Club of Pittsburgh will be hosting its annual Christmas Party Dinner on Saturday, December 14th at 3 Lakes Golf Course in Penn Hills and is requesting your participation. The dinner will be held from 7-9p.m. and from 9p.m. until the Corvette Club will host a holiday party extravaganza. Tickets are $30 each and includes dinner. Tickets and additional information can be obtained from Ernie Groover 412-512-5522 (
  • Kappa Scholarship Endowment Fund of Western PA (KSEF) is once again looking for talented minority high school seniors that will be attending college in the fall to apply for our scholarships.  Each year KSEF awards 4 full-time tuition scholarships as well as 4 financial assistance awards to deserving students in our region.  Applications are due January 31, 2014. For more information contact Mr. Michael Phillips at 412.263.2903 or
  • The English Language Institute (ELI) at the University of Pittsburgh offers non-credit English as a second language community education courses for internationals in the Pittsburgh community and at the University of Pittsburgh. A variety of courses are available Summer, Fall and Spring. For more information, visit the website.
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