Hesselbein Global Academy Hosts Dinner Dialogues

Issue Date: 
August 21, 2012

Hesselbein Global Academy participantsPitt School of Social Work Dean Larry E. Davis hosted a Dinner Dialogue on July 22 at his Highland Park home for participants in the fourth annual Student Leadership Summit of the Pitt Hesselbein Global Academy for Student Leadership and Civic Engagement.

Launched in 2009 by the University in conjunction with Pitt alumnus Frances Hesselbein, the Hesselbein Global Academy seeks to inspire and nurture accomplished student leaders so they can meet the challenges of tomorrow. From July 21 to 24, 44 students from across the globe participated in workshops and personalized leadership-training sessions and interacted with professional mentors and civic leaders. This year’s summit included six Pitt students.

During the Dinner Dialogues, Pittsburgh-area leaders share their leadership paths with summit participants. Dinners also were hosted by Pitt officials Cheryl Finlay, director of the Office of Career Development and Placement Assistance; Ronald Frisch, associate vice chancellor for human resources; Robert Hill, vice chancellor for public affairs; Kathy W. Humphrey, vice provost and dean of students; Sheila Rathke, assistant provost for strategic and program development; and Sam Zacharias, Pitt Trustee and principal of Gateway Financial. Additional dinner hosts were Kevin Bolding, vice president of the Greater YMCA of Pittsburgh; and Patricia Waldinger, CEO of the Southwest Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Red Cross.