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Shad Henderson Discusses our All-In-Pittsburgh Initiative with Local Leaders working in Sustainability

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On June 26th, Shad Henderson, our Director of Community of Partnerships and Investments served as a panelist on the Leadership Forum convened by the Sustainable Community Development Network (SCDN) of Southwestern Pennsylvania to discuss our All-In-Pittsburgh equitable development initiative.

SCDN supports municipal and community officials who are working on issues of sustainability in the 10-county region of Southwestern Pennsylvania. Its membership includes elected officials, municipal staff and community and economic development leaders in the region. The Leadership Forums are convened by Sustainable Pittsburgh and the Local Government Academy.

The June 26th Leadership Forum- Equitable and Inclusionary Policies to Benefit your Community and the Region was held at the City Hall Chambers in Duquesne PA. The conversation centered on ideas and best practices to better ensure that people of all ages, races, incomes, religions, genders, abilities and others can benefit in an equitable way from the policies and practices of municipalities and organizations. The panelists and practitioners joined together to share strategies to foster a more vibrant workforce through inclusionary policies. In addition, the conversation reinforced the importance of placing equity, diversity and inclusion considerations at the forefront when creating and implementing community policies and municipal laws. Shad’s portion of the presentation focused on our equitable development strategies and how other organizations and initiatives can align with and join us as we walk the path to an All-In Pittsburgh.

Fellow panelists included:

  • Melanie Harrington, Executive Director of Vibrant Pittsburgh, discussed how to cultivate proactive leadership to foster diverse workforces that accelerate economic growth and workplace success.
  • anupama jain, Executive Director, City of Pittsburgh’s Commission on Gender Equity, introduced her new role with the city and shared experiences from her extensive academic and organizational work with gender equity solutions.
  • Shon K. Worner, Senior Associate, Campbell Durrant Beatty Palombo & Miller, P.C., specializes in labor and municipal law and explored the legal aspects of equitable access to employment and human resources.
  • Wasi Mohamed, Executive Director, Islamic Center of Pittsburgh and a steering committee member for Change Agency, discussed the creation of programming that can provide simple actionable steps to improve community equity.
  • Laura Poskin, Director of Age Friendly Pittsburgh – an initiative of Southwestern Pennsylvania Partnership for Aging, illustrated the need for policies that address the varied ages and abilities of residents and how it will create a stronger, more resilient region.

Neighborhood Allies was honored and delighted to share our All-In Pittsburgh and equitable development work with Leadership Forum and look forward to forming stronger partnerships with the SCDN and our fellow panelists!

For more information on our All-In Pittsburgh Initiative and to get involved, visit our NEW website!

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