Never a Spectator Campus Event

Network with the Region's Most Prominent Civic Leaders

Feb. 28, 2019!

The Never a Spectator campus event is a unique opportunity for Pitt students to network with some of the region’s most prominent leaders, including elected officials, foundation executives, and nonprofit and business leaders. Students join these visionaries for an 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 one of America’s premier cities. 
During the event, students learn about the incredible legacy of Elsie Hillman, enjoy a keynote presentation from a prominent civic leader, and finally, enjoy an intimate round table discussion with three different community leaders. Students and leaders will share visions of the future, elaborate on leadership skills, and identify existing and new avenues for civic engagement. In short, this event aims to inspire students, connect them with community leaders, and open their eyes to the difference they can make in every corner of our world.
To view last year's agenda click here.

When is this program offered?

This one day event will take place on February 28, 2019! 


  • Connect and grow relationships with established regional leaders
  • Learn how you can make a difference by getting involved with civic engagement programs at Pitt
  • Earn Outside the Classroom Curriculum (OCC) credit
  • Free food!


All University of Pittsburgh students pursuing any major or degree are welcome to register and attend. 

Registration Deadline

Registration for the February 28, 2019 event will be available online on January 7, 2019. Registered 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 22

2018 Community Mentors

Stay tuned for the 2019 keynote speaker and mentors!

The 2018 Never a Spectator Event keynote presentation was from Grant Oliphant, President of The Heinz Endowments, and the following list details the event's community mentors. 

  • Mr. Aerion Abney, Former Program Officer, POISE Foundation 
  • The Honorable Albert “Chip” Abramovic, Commissioner, Venango County
  • Ms. 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