Elsie Hillman Civic Forum

Never a Spectator Campus Event

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Inspiring the next generation of leaders

The Never a Spectator campus event is a unique opportunity for Pitt students to network with some of the region’s most prominent leaders. Students will join regional visionaries for an intimate evening and dinner reception devoted to sharing a vision for public service, inspiring action, and developing the pipeline of leadership needed to foster sustainable growth and regional transformation as Pittsburgh continues to evolve as on one of America’s premier cities. 

We are pleased to welcome respected leaders from various sectors, each of whom have helped shape our region. Community mentors will foster an open discussion on current civic needs and foster dialogue on how to demonstrate courageous and ethical leadership in a polarized world. Pittsburgh is consistently hailed as one of the most livable cities because of the innovative programs, leadership, and caring spirit that each of the mentors have brought to the community. To view last year's agenda click here

Is this event open to all students?

Yes, the Never a Spectator program is open to all University of Pittsburgh students. It is important to the Elsie Hillman Civic Forum that participation reflects the diversity of our campus and region. Preference will be given to students who apply early.

How do I apply?

Registration will be available online. Selected students will receive a formal invitation and confirmation of attendance. We are very excited to host many regional leaders; therefore, we are looking for robust participation. It is requested that you do not register for the program unless you are committed to attending, as space is limited.

Application Due Date: February 28

Why should I participate?

The Never a Spectator campus event will connect students through intimate round table discussions with three different local leaders. Through shared dialog students and established leaders will share visions of the future, elaborate on leadership skills and identify existing and new avenues for civic engagement. In a nutshell this event aims to inspire, connect, and grow relationship, providing students with a glimpse of the difference they can make in every corner of our world.

What are the goals of this event?

  • To introduce students to the “Elsie way” of leadership – Engagement of others to inspire dramatic change!
  • Engage in intimate round table discussions with fellow students and community leaders from different sectors of our society.
  • Share in visions for the future with established leaders
  • Strengthen leadership skills and identify existing and new avenues for civic engagement
  • Be inspired, grow relationships, and receive a glimpse of the difference you can make in every corner of our world.

2018 Community Mentors

The 2018 Never a Spectator Event keynote presentation was from Grant Oliphant, President, The Heinz Endowments. The list of community mentors for last year's event are as follows:

  • Mr. Aerion Abney, Former Program Officer, POISE Foundation 

  • The Honorable Albert “Chip” Abramovic, Commissioner, Venango County

  • Samantha Balbier, Executive Director, Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership

  • Ms. Diana Bucco, President, The Buhl Foundation

  • Ms. Esther Bush, President and CEO, Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh

  • Mr. G. Reynolds Clark, Former Vice Chancellor and Special Assistant to the Chancellor, University of Pittsburgh

  • Mr. John Denny, Chair, Elsie Hillman Civic Forum, Principal, Denny Civic Solutions

  • The Honorable Hal English, Member, PA House of Representatives

  • Ms. Anna Hollis, Executive Director, Amachi Pittsburgh

  • Commander Eric Holmes, Commander, City of Pittsburgh, Bureau of Police

  • Mr. Ronald Kaufman, Senior Strategic Advisor and Independent Consultant, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP

  • Ms. B.J. Leber, President and CEO, Adagio Health

  • Ms. Kathy McCauley, Manager of Strategic Planning, Allegheny County Department of Human Services

  • Mr. Wasi Mohammed, Executive Director, Islamic Center of Pittsburgh

  • Mr. Mark Nordenberg,  Chair, Institute of Politics, and Chancellor Emeritus, University of Pittsburgh

  • Ms. Soo Song, First Assistant U.S. Attorney, Western District of Pennsylvania

  • Rabbi Ronald B.B. Symons, Senior Director of Jewish Life, Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh

  • Ms. LaToya Warren, Assistant Deputy Director, Forensic Services, Allegheny County Department of Human Services