Chatham News

Director of Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship graduates from Leadership Pittsburgh Class XXVII

By: Amanda Ritchie, Senior Public Relations Specialist
June 30, 2011

(June 30, 2011) … Rebecca Harris, director of Chatham’s Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship, recently graduated from Leadership Pittsburgh Inc.’s (LPI) flagship program, Leadership Pittsburgh (LP). The program’s highly competitive selection process brought together a diverse cohort of 60 senior leaders representing significant spheres of influence within their organizations and communities within the Pittsburgh region to form the 27th class of LP.

Since its creation in 1983 by the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, LPI has evolved into an organization that serves as a national benchmark for community leadership identification, connection, and enhancement. According to LPI, more than 1700 LPI alumni are represented in every major business, academic, nonprofit, medical, legal, social service, government, and faith-based organization in the region and the impact of LPI programs can be felt in many areas of our community.

“My experience with Leadership Pittsburgh has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my professional career,” says Ms. Harris. “The educational programming was challenging and high-level, the staff was dedicated and extremely hard working, and the guest speakers were people I would normally never have had a chance meet.”

Ms. Harris also notes, “My classmates were some of the most interesting and dynamic individuals I have ever met, and I can now call them colleagues and friends.”

The nine month long LP curriculum exposed participants to varied points of view about our region, helped them better understand critical community issues through a public policy lens and engaged them in multi-disciplinary approaches and solutions. The program exposed participants to our regions strengths and challenges in areas including government and public policy, regional economy, inclusion, human services, local government, and the arts.

Ms. Harris and her LP Class XXVII classmates reflected an array of backgrounds, professional disciplines, and organizations. In addition to Mr. Harris’ participation, Leadership Pittsburgh’s Class XXVII attracted senior leaders from such organizations as Bayer Corporation, Giant Eagle, PNC, UPMC Health Plan, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Pittsburgh, Pop City, The Hillman Foundation, FedEx Ground, and other top Pittsburgh businesses, nonprofits, and public institutions.