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Hesselbein Lecture featuring multidisciplinary artist Shaun Leonardo: Friday, Feb. 19, 1:00 pm

In this virtual event, “Transforming Systems Through Art,” Shaun Leonardo will share insight into repairing the harms of systemic racism through initiatives like Assembly, a nonprofit program he founded to fight mass incarceration through arts education. 

Leonardo’s multidisciplinary work negotiates societal expectations of manhood, along with its notions of achievement, collective identity, and experience of failure. His performance practice, anchored by his work in Assembly—a diversion program for court-involved youth at the Brooklyn-based, nonprofit Recess—is participatory and invested in a process of embodiment.

This event is free and open to the public.

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Calling all Nonprofits! Application now open for Mutual of America's Community Partnership Award 

Annually, nonprofit organizations from across the country that are helping to move our nation forward by building healthier, more equitable communities are recognized by Mutual of America.

 

Mutual of America awards $100,000 to one national award-winning program and produces a documentary video of that program. In addition, four honorable mention recipients will receive a $50,000 grant.

Completed Community Partnership Award applications must be submitted no later than April 1, 2021.

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Louis Carter’s Best Practice Institute to Facilitate Study on Most Loved Workplaces

The Forum will partner with Best Practice Institute to study small and mid-sized businesses around the United States, and will focus on helping leaders to build a work culture that employees will love and that will empower companies to support the workforce of tomorrow.

 

The initial year-long study will begin with companies participating in an employee survey that was designed through years of research, and which will provide leaders with areas of success and necessary areas of improvement to be considered a Most Loved Workplace. The survey will be readministered throughout 2020 to determine progress, and the results will be featured in the December 2021 issue of the Forum's Leader to Leader Journal. 

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Alan Mulally, former CEO of Boeing and Ford to Match all December donations!

Former CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes and The Ford Motor Company, Alan Mulally, will match all donations on Giving Tuesday and through the month of December up to $50,000 to help ensure that Frances Hesselbein’s “To Serve Is To Live” leadership philosophy will continue to inspire students preparing to be public servants and leaders at every level, in every sector.

"My approach to leadership has always been to first recognize that it is an honor to serve. Frances has dedicated her life to serving, and she has contributed to meaningful and compelling visions for countless organizations. Frances is someone I talk with about leadership, and her commitment to continuously improving, contributing, and serving, is very inspiring to me," said Mulally. 

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Brigette Bethea to Serve as the Hesselbein Forum’s Executive Coach, Mentoring Students and Advising Faculty during Spring Semester

Brigette M. Bethea, Owner and Lead Strategist of ULEAD, a training and development firm, whose career has spanned the intelligence, defense, public education, and nonprofit sector, has been named the Frances Hesselbein Leadership Forum’s first virtual Executive Coach in the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA).

 

As Executive Coach, Ms. Bethea will support GSPIA students, faculty, and staff through leadership development workshops, one-on-one mentoring and coaching, network building, and class visits beginning this month, through the 2021 spring semester.

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"Work Is Love Made Visible"  Awarded One of the Top "Must-Read" Leadership Books of 2020

Frances Hesselbein's latest book, "Work is Love Made Visible: A Collection of Essays About the Power of Finding Your Purpose From the World's Greatest Thought Leaders," was recently awarded one of the Top Must-Read Leadership Books of 2020.

 

The award recognizes books on leadership that are "must-reads." It outlines 33 Best Leadership Books of 2020, and features "Work is Love Made Visible" as one of the top leadership books.

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Hesselbein Forum launches 2020 Crowdfunding Campaign! 

With more than 70 years of public service—and still going strong—few individuals have had as profound and as far-reaching of an impact on educating future leaders in all sectors as University of Pittsburgh distinguished alumna Frances Hesselbein. 

Our goal is to raise $30,000 over the course of this campaign (through 12/31/20), which will support the Forum’s student-centered leadership development activities for one year. We have established this crowdsourcing tool so that leaders at every level who have been inspired by Frances might have the opportunity to give back.

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Fall Hesselbein Lecture: Heather Anderson, CEO Global Health Corps

In this distinctive, virtual keynote, Heather Anderson, CEO Global Health Corps, shared insight based on her experience training leaders and collaborating with diverse partners while working toward solving complex health challenges.

 

This is the sixth in a series of Hesselbein Forum Lectures and was a *virtual* event, free and open to the public. 

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Fall Leader to Leader Journal 

According to Leader to Leader Managing Editor, Bruce Rosenstein, "Workplaces are coming to grips with racial injustice, as they continue to contend with a pandemic and the attendant human and economic misery. While this entire issue is relevant for these and related topics, beginning with Frances Hesselbein’s powerful column “Battling Racial Injustice,” we open with two articles in particular that focus on racial injustice (and related areas) inside and outside the workplace."

 

Authors include Mary-Frances Winters, CEO of The Winters Group, Inc., Marilyn Gist, professor and associate dean, Kara Goldin, founder and CEO of Hint, Inc., Kevin Vallely, an explorer, leadership mentor, author, and architect, and Amy Posey, a leadership facilitator, keynote speaker, and former executive at The AIP Group and Deloitte.

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Leader to Leader Journal Honored with 2020 Apex Awards for Excellence 

Apex Awards for Publication Excellence again recognized the Forum's quarterly Leader to Leader Journal in two categories: Magazines, Journals and Tabloids for Writing Excellence and Writing - Regular Departments & Columns.

 

The award-winning entry for Writing was Leader to Leader #92, Spring 2019 which included social entrepreneur Bill Strickland and Harvard Business School leadership professor Amy Edmondson, among other seasoned authors. 

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Summer Leader to Leader Journal 

According to Leader to Leader Managing Editor, Bruce Rosenstein, "If the events of recent months have taught us anything, it's that for the world to move further ahead in better, more sustainable ways, we will have to do many things differently. That goes especially for leaders, who found themselves over-night in dangerous and unfamiliar territory."

 

Authors include Alex Soojung‐Kim Pang, who offers his perspective on shorter work weeks, former corporate executive and therapist Kathy Caprino, and former U.S. attorney for Western Pennsylvania, Frederick W. Thieman.

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Leadership Landscape Survey Results, "Leading Through Coronavirus"

In the spring of 2020, we surveyed our Hesselbein community of leaders, representing the public, private and social sectors. 50 leaders were eager to share with us their own challenges and digital opportunities during this uncertain time. 

 

Nearly 40% of leaders cited difficulty working in an uncertain environment, as it relates to their work goals and future planning. 

 

Overwhelmingly, leaders shared that their professional roles have taken on a new, deeply supportive dimension.

"Leading Through Coronavirus" FREE Special Virtual Issue of Leader to Leader Journal

April 01, 2020

The Hesselbein Forum has curated and published a free Virtual Issue of our Leader to Leader Journal, "Leading Through Coronavirus.”

 

We've selected articles that leaders will find relevant and practical as they navigate through this uncharted and challenging landscape.

The authors and their perspectives represent a cross-section of leadership disciplines and experience, including Bill George (former chair and CEO of Medtronic), Bob Johansen (former president and currently distinguished fellow with the Institute for the Future), Lindsey Anderson (Deputy Director, Operational Coordination Division - Field Operations Directorate of FEMA), Amy Jen Su (managing partner and co-founder of the executive coaching firm Paravis Partners), and the coauthors Eric J. McNulty, Leonard J. Marcus, and Joseph M. Henderson (of the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative at Harvard University). 

Spring 2020 Leader to Leader Journal

March 16, 2020

As the articles in this issue convey, there are many different ways that leaders can approach their responsibilities, if they are willing to widen the lens of their thinking and perceptions. In our featured article, AARP chief executive officer (CEO) Jo Ann Jenkins, author of the book Disrupt Aging: A Bold New Path to Living Your Best Life at Every Age, shared how longevity is influencing the workplace: more people are living longer and in generally better health; more nonphysically demanding jobs are available; the need to continue earning is a reality, and the desire to keep contributing to society is a desire.

Winter 2020 Leader to Leader Journal

February 01, 2020

Many leaders may feel that they are so overwhelmed with their day-to-day tasks, and future priorities, that spending adequate time on development of their own leadership skills seems like a luxury. However, the articles in this issue show that this thinking can be dangerous and self-defeating. In our featured article by La’Wana Harris, she elaborates on her experience working in the field of DEIB (diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging), in “Inviting New Perspectives for Diversity Beyond Lip Service.” 

Leaders in Action Profiles | Interviews with Values-Based Leaders

January 06, 2020

In collaboration with executive coach and author Jason Womack, the Hesselbein Forum publishes interviews with leaders representing the public, private or social sector who inspire great ethical leadership. Nearly 20 interviews in Question & Answer format are housed on our website, and share leadership routines, tips and insight from a diverse set of leaders. 

Our latest interview is with Brig Gen Troy E. Dunn, the Director of Military Force Management Policy, Deputy Chief of Staff for Manpower, Personnel and Services, for the U.S. Air Force in Arlington, Virginia.

Fall 2019 Leader to Leader Journal

September 02, 2019

Sometimes leaders must confront the way they work and make decisions, and deliberate about which activities can be changed, improved, or discontinued. The articles in our Fall 2019 issue challenge us to question our assumptions, easy
answers, and previous conceptions of best practices. In our featured article by Amy Jen Su, “Self-Care for Leaders: Make Restoration a Part of the Job,” she elaborates on the term restoration in this context, which may be unfamiliar to some readers, describing it as “periodic times for rest, recharging, and self-care.” 

Leader to Leader Journal Honored with 2019 Apex Award for Excellence

August 01, 2019

Apex Awards for Publication Excellence again recognized the Forum's quarterly Leader to Leader Journal in the category of Magazines, Journals and Tabloids for Writing excellence. The award-winning entry was Leader to Leader #90, Fall 2018 which included authors Denise Lee Yohn, Carmine Gallo, Shoma Chatterjee Hayden, Bob Rosen, Torin Perez, and Hesselbein Leader-in-Residence Lindsey Anderson, among other seasoned leaders.

Summer 2019 Leader to Leader Journal

July 01, 2019

The articles in our Summer 2019 issue challenge the "status quo." Many leaders develop habits and workflows that can mean that they rarely question their day-to-day policies, behaviors, and assumptions. This can affect who gets hired and why, who speaks up in a meeting and doesn't, and whose careers get a boost, rather than others. In our featured article by Sylvia Ann Hewlett, "What Every Leader Needs to Know about the Power of Sponsorship," Hewlett, founder of the Center for Talent Innovation, a think tank, lists and explains "seven steps to effective sponsorship," which in her words are: Identify potential protégés, Include a variety of perspectives, Inspire to tap into passion and purpose, Instruct to fill skill gaps, Inspect your prospects, Instigate a deal, and Invest in three ways.

VIDEO REPLAY Spring 2019 Hesselbein Lecture

May 01, 2019

In this distinctive keynote, "Opening Pathways to Opportunity," held on April 2, 2019 at the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public & International Affairs, as part of its Frances Hesselbein Leadership Forum's lecture series, ​Skip Spriggs, President and CEO of the Executive Leadership Council, shares insight on diversity and inclusion. 

Spring 2019 Leader to Leader Journal

April 01, 2019

The Hesselbein Forum's Spring 2019 issue of the award-winning Leader to Leader Journal is now in print. Our perceptual lens of leadership is widening. Older views of who becomes a leader are changing, based on examples all around us in daily life. This issue demonstrates that leaders emerge in many different settings and for a wide variety of reasons. One of our authors, Bill Strickland, founder of Manchester Bidwell Corporation, contributes the article, "How to Reach a Half Century of Making People Whole." 

Hesselbein Lecture Series: Skip Spriggs

March 01, 2019

Skip Spriggs, President and CEO of the Executive Leadership Council, an organization that helps advocate and prepare Af-rican Americans for corporate leadership positions in the C-suite and on boards of directors will deliver the keynote address for the fourth in a series of Hesselbein Forum Lectures on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 in Pittsburgh. 

Winter 2019 Leader to Leader Journal

December 01, 2018

The Hesselbein Forum's Winter 2019 issue of the award-winning Leader to Leader Journal is now in print. Effective leaders set goals (for themselves and others) and pursue opportunities as individuals and for the organizations they represent. The details in these pursuits can be daunting. The articles in this issue help to bring clarity to these and related subjects. Bill O'Rourke, who lectures frequently on business ethics, contributes the article, "Leading with Integrity." 

VIDEO REPLAY Fall 2018 Hesselbein Lecture

October 16, 2018

In this distinctive keynote held on Sept. 21 at the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public & International Affairs, as part of its Frances Hesselbein Leadership Forum's lecture series, Lloyd J. Austin III, General, U.S. Army (Retired), who oversaw the U.S. military presence in 20 countries in the Middle East, Central Asia, and Southeast Asia, shared global insights into his values-based leadership philosophy including teamwork and the importance of respecting all people.

Frances Hesselbein Publishes New Busines Book

October 08, 2018

Frances Hesselbein, Executive Coach Marshall Goldsmith and Co-Author Sarah McArthur will publish a new leadership book

October 23, 2018, Work Is Love Made Visible: A Collection of Essays about the Power of Finding Your Purpose from the World's Greatest Thought Leaders (Wiley; 9781119513582; October 2018).

Work is Love Made Visible offers insight and commentary from distinguished management gurus, contemporary entrepreneurs and dynamic corporate leaders as they tackle one of life's most difficult treasure hunts: finding purpose. This book poses profound questions to individuals who have followed their purpose and succeeded on a global scale.

Fall 2018 Leader to Leader Journal

September 03, 2018

The Hesselbein Forum's Fall 2018 issue of the award-winning Leader to Leader Journal is now in print. The diverse group of articles points to the fact that our organizations, communities, and countries can achieve brighter futures if leaders reach
out to the right people, study the optimal resources, and continually assess their own habits and behaviors. Hesselbein Forum's first executive-in-residence Lindsey Anderson contributes the article, "Leadership During Crisis: Navigating Complexity and Uncertainty." 

Hesselbein Lecture Series: GEN(R) Lloyd J. Austin III

August 15, 2018

General Lloyd J. Austin III, U.S. Army (Retired), 12th Commander of United States Central Command (CENTCOM) and former Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army, will deliver the keynote address for the third in a series of Hesselbein Forum Lectures on Friday, September 21, 2018 in Pittsburgh. 

Leadership During Crisis Podcast | Special Episode now LIVE

August 13, 2018

Hesselbein Forum Executive-in-Residence Lindsey Anderson, Former Senior Advisor in the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and her students explore stories from leaders who have led through a dynamic crisis in the Leadership During Crisis Podcast

This final "special episode" is published in two parts and delves into specific behaviors common among effective leaders in crisis. Part I focuses on crisis planning. Part II focuses on leadership presence and mental resilience in advance of a crisis. 

Leader to Leader Journal Honored with 2018 Apex Award for Excellence

July 16, 2018

Apex Awards for Publication Excellence again recognized the Forum's quarterly Leader to Leader Journal in the category of Magazines, Journals and Tabloids for Writing excellence. The award-winning entry was Leader to Leader #86, Fall 2017 which included authors Annie McKee, Dave Ulrich, Erik Wahl, Frank Sesno and Kim Scott. 

Student leaders from around the world to convene at Pitt for 10th annual Hesselbein Summit

July 09, 2018

Distinguished student leaders and professional mentors from around the world will convene at the University of Pittsburgh for the tenth annual Hesselbein Global Academy for Student Leadership and Civic Engagement Summit, July 20 – 24, 2018. During this intensive, five-day program, delegates will participate in a series of workshops, receive mentorship from government and business leaders, and take part in hands-on problem solving sessions at local community agencies. Over the course of its 10-year history, the Hesselbein Academy Network has grown to include 450 alumni, representing 72 countries.

Summer 2018 Leader to Leader Journal

July 02, 2018

The Hesselbein Forum's Summer 2018 issue of the award-winning Leader to Leader Journal is now in print. As is evident in this selection of articles, by maintaining the proper awareness and actions, leaders can gain the tools to thrive at work, and especially can help others achieve this crucial goal themselves. 

VIDEO RESPONSE to Families Being Separated Under “Zero-Tolerance” Immigration Policy

June 20, 2018

Chairman Frances Hesselbein shares a proactive stand to end family separation by encouraging action. 

Frances Hesselbein Interviewed on The Future of Work Podcast

May 21, 2018

Author and futurist Jacob Morgan interviews Frances Hesselbein in his weekly podcast profiling in-depth discussions with senior executives and business leaders around the world on the future of work. 

Leadership During Crisis Podcast | Episode 3 now LIVE

May 18, 2018

Hesselbein Forum Executive-in-Residence Lindsey Anderson, Former Senior Advisor in the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and her students explore stories from leaders who have led through a dynamic crisis in the Leadership During Crisis Podcast

Episode 3 explored effective leadership through international search and rescue efforts in response to the 2010 Haiti earthquake. 

Spring 2018 Leader to Leader Journal

April 02, 2018

The Hesselbein Forum's Spring 2018 issue of the award-winning Leader to Leader Journal is now in print with articles on the latest technological and digital tools being utilized by leaders, and also the importance of the human factor. 

Leadership During Crisis Podcast | Episode 2 now LIVE

March 05, 2018

Hesselbein Forum Executive-in-Residence Lindsey Anderson, Former Senior Advisor in the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and her students explore stories from leaders who have led through a dynamic crisis in the Leadership During Crisis Podcast

Episode 2 explores both the concept of crisis and leadership from unique dimensions: what local leaders are doing about short-term emergencies reflected in the recent boil water alerts, and what they're doing in the mid and long-term to avoid a more significant crisis like what occurred in Flint, MI. 

Winter 2018 Leader to Leader Journal

January 15, 2018

The Hesselbein Forum's Winter 2018 issue of the award-winning Leader to Leader Journal is now in print with articles on technology’s impact on organizations and the employee experience, among other timely topics. 

VIDEO REPLAY Hesselbein Lecture Series: Marshall Goldsmith

January 01, 2018

Dr. Marshall Goldsmith, business educator, coach, bestselling author and Dartmouth Tuck School of Business professor delivered the keynote address for the second in a series of Hesselbein Forum Lectures on Friday, January 26, 2018 in Pittsburgh. 

Leadership During Crisis Podcast | Episode 1 now LIVE

January 01, 2018

GSPIA's Center for Disaster Management (CDM) and the Hesselbein Leadership Forum have launched the Leadership During Crisis Podcast.  

 

Over the course of the academic year, Hesselbein Forum Executive-in-Residence Lindsey Anderson, Former Senior Advisor in the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and her students will explore stories from leaders who have led through a dynamic crisis. 

Episode 1 tells the stories of three leaders who each took action outside their normal roles to help their community understand and respond to the recent wildfires in northern California. 

VIDEO REPLAY Inaugural Hesselbein Lecture

October 02, 2017

Dr. Diane Ryan (U.S. Army, Ret.), Associate Dean of Programs & Administration, Tisch College of Civic Life provided the inaugural keynote address for the Hesselbein Forum Lecture Series. Dr. Ryan explored values-based leadership development; the pursuit of passion; defining moments; and the importance of inclusion and diverse perspectives.  

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00:00 Dean John Keeler, Intro
09:15 Dr. Kevin Kearns, Intro
19:15 Dr. Diane Ryan, Keynote

Fall 2017 Leader to Leader Journal

September 30, 2017

The Hesselbein Forum's Fall 2017 issue of the award-winning Leader to Leader Journal is now published. Articles on motivation, team development, self-management, and maximizing a leader’s productivity and efficiency are included. 

Hesselbein Lecture Series to launch September 28, 2017

September 04, 2017

Dr. Diane Ryan, Associate Dean of Programs & Administration in the Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University, and former Professor and Deputy Head in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership at the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY will kick off the Hesselbein Lecture Series on Thursday, September 28, 2017 in Pittsburgh. 

The University of Pittsburgh Introduces the Hesselbein Forum in partnership with Frances Hesselbein

August 14, 2017

The University of Pittsburgh, in collaboration with Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Frances Hesselbein, is pleased to announce The Frances Hesselbein Leadership Forum, part of the Graduate School for Public and International Affairs (GSPIA). 

 

According to Frances Hesselbein, “My journey — lifelong learning, civic engagement, and “To serve is to live” philosophy began long ago at my beloved University of Pittsburgh — and continues to this day. The establishment of The Hesselbein Forum is one of the greatest honors of my life.”

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