Thursday, October 19, 2017

GlobalPittsburgh to celebrate immigrant entrepreneurs on December 13

The second annual Immigrant Entrepreneur Celebration and Award Ceremony will be held at the Rivers Club on December 13, 2017, from 6:00-9:00 PM. Forty-four entrepreneurs and professionals, from every sector of the local economy and every corner of the globe, nominated by community members, will compete for awards in seven categories. The nominees have come to Pittsburgh from 25 different countries.

The awards will be determined by the following distinguished  panel of judges: Max F. Miller, Raise Your Spirits; Kit Needham, Project Olympus, CMU; Angelica Ocampo, World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh; Dorit Brauer, The Brauer Institute of Holistic Medicine; Mila Sanina, PublicSource; Nevena Staresinic, Moderna Relocation; Francois Gau, velocityHUB; Kevin Deacon, eMER LLC; and Viviana Altieri, Istituto Mondo Italiano.

This year’s award categories include Technological Innovation; Startup Business; Arts and Culture; Social Entrepreneurship and Community Engagement; Service Industry; and Immigrant Professional Excellence. A Lifetime Achievement award will be presented as well. A new this year Immigrant Champion category features local U.S. born residents with a significant contribution to the cultural and economic progress of immigrants, a greater public understanding or positive view of immigration.

The evening will begin with a VIP reception from 5:00-6:00 PM presenting Kassia Ensemble with performers originating from Armenia, China, and the USA. Mayor Bill Peduto has been invited to speak at the event.

Tickets are available HERE.

The Immigrant Entrepreneur Celebration was launched in 2016 to showcase the talent, tenacity and innovative thinking of the “newest newcomers” who have made Pittsburgh their home and helped to make it a world-class city. Eight foreign-born business owners and professionals received awards in 2016.

Since 1959, GlobalPittsburgh (founded as the Pittsburgh Council for International Visitors) has cultivated a local network of resources and created valuable contacts for the region worldwide through its work with federally-funded international professional exchanges. GlobalPittsburgh has a network of over 500 members, volunteers, and citizen diplomats who ensure that visiting leaders’ and students’ feel welcome in the Greater Pittsburgh community. For more information about GlobalPittsburgh programs, please visit www.globalpittsburgh.org, call 412.392.4513, or send an email to info@globalpittsburgh.org.

To learn more about the Immigrant Entrepreneur Celebration or to register to attend, please contact Nadya Kessler at nkessler@globalpittsburgh.org or call 412.392.4513.
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Monday, October 2, 2017

GlobalPittsburgh welcoming ten YLAI Professional Fellows to Pittsburgh

GlobalPittsburgh is pleased to announce that it will host participants from the U.S. Department of State’s Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows Program in October and early November 2017. As part of the Fellowship, ten young business and social entrepreneurs from Belize, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Sint Maarten, and Venezuela will travel to Pittsburgh on October 7 and build lasting partnerships with local entrepreneurial organizations and companies.   
The five-week YLAI Professional Fellows Program will place business and social entrepreneurs in relevant businesses and startups, non-governmental organizations, and similar entities in Pittsburgh.  The participants will arrive in the U.S. on October 3 and will further develop their business or social venture plans by engaging in skills-building workshops.  They will also have the opportunity to learn from U.S. counterparts by participating in day-to-day operations at their U.S. host organizations or collaborating on a joint project.  YLAI Professional Fellows will develop stronger ties with other participants from Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as with their U.S. Fellowship Hosts.  They will use the knowledge gained to effectively contribute to social and economic development in their communities.  
To complement the U.S.-based program, up to 45 Fellowship Hosts from across the United States will travel to the region in spring 2018 to learn from the Fellows’ businesses, share best practices, and participate in a project benefitting the local community. 
GlobalPittsburgh has placed its YLAI Fellows at the following companies and organizations: Idea Foundry, Inc.; Treasure House Fashions; Shift Collaborative; Pittsburgh Trophy Company; Bike the Burgh Tours; the Andy Warhol Museum; Homewood Children’s Village; Regency Global Transportation Group; and the Better Business Bureau.
The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State funded this program.  GlobalPittsburgh is proud to work with grantee Meridian International Center, a premier nonprofit, global leadership organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. Meridian is also proud to partner with Atlas Corps and Entrepreneurs’ Organization for this program.  The ylai.state.gov website includes information about the YLAI Professional Fellows Program.
For further information, please contact Gail Shrott, Director, International Leaders Program at GlobalPittsburgh  at gshrott@globalpittsburgh.org/412-392-4513.

About U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA)
The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) builds relations between the people of the United States and the people of other countries through academic, cultural, sports, and professional exchanges, as well as public -private partnerships and mentoring programs. These exchange programs improve foreign relations and strengthen the national security of the United States, support U.S. international leadership, and provide a broad range of domestic benefits by helping break down barriers that often divide us. Visit https://eca.state.gov  for more information.

For information on the YLAI Professional Fellows Exchange Program, please visit https://ylai.state.gov/

For press inquiries, please contact ECA-Press@state.gov.  

About the Pittsburgh Council for International Visitors dba GlobalPittsburgh

Since 1959, GlobalPittsburgh (founded as the Pittsburgh Council for International Visitors) has been developing a local network of resources and creating for the region a pool of valuable contacts worldwide through its work with federally-funded international professional exchanges. GlobalPittsburgh has a network of over 500 members, volunteers, and citizen diplomats who ensure that visiting leaders’ and students’ feel welcome in the Greater Pittsburgh community. For more information about GlobalPittsburgh programs, please visit www.globalpittsburgh.org,
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Monday, April 10, 2017

GlobalPittsburgh To Host Second Annual Immigrant Entrepreneur Celebration! Now It's Time to Nominate!

We are happy to announce that GlobalPittsburgh's second annual Immigrant Entrepreneur Celebration and Award Ceremony will take place on Wednesday, December 13, from 6:00-8:30 p.m. at the Rivers Club in downtown Pittsburgh. Please save the date!
 
We now invite you to nominate a friend or a colleague who is an immigrant entrepreneur or professional, or a non-immigrant but has made a significant and noteworthy contribution to the cultural and economic progress of immigrants in our region. 
 
The nominations will be accepted from April 3 until July 3, 2017. If you have questions about the nomination process, please do not hesitate to contact me at nkessler@globalpittsburgh.org. 
 
Before you begin filling in the nomination form, please make sure that you have the correct spelling of your nominee's full name, country of origin, email address, company name, and his/her title.
 
For the second annual Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards, we have chosen to highlight a broader range of contributions made to our community by modifying last year's awards categories to the following:
 
ARTS AND CULTURE
A foreign-born artist, writer, musician or performer, who is currently active in any field of the arts and cultural sector, whether for profit or otherwise, and regardless of institutional affiliation, budget or grant level, staff size, or nature of medium or discipline.
 
TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION
A foreign-born person who  alone, or as part of a joint or collective effort, has invented, patented, marketed, or introduced for commercial purposes,  a new product, process, or device.
 
STARTUP BUSINESS
A foreign-born person who, in 2012 or later, founded or led in an executive capacity a business, limited partnership, or other commercial enterprise which is commercially active at the time of nomination.
 
SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
A foreign-born person who founded or led in an executive capacity a not-for-profit business, organization, or social enterprise.
 
IMMIGRANT PROFESSIONAL EXCELLENCE
A foreign-born person who has made a significant and noteworthy contribution through the practice of one or more of the learned professions.
 
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT
A foreign-born person who has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to altruism, philanthropy, or professional or public excellence with a broad and substantial positive impact on the immigrant and larger community of southwestern Pennsylvania. 
 
IMMIGRANT CHAMPION 
A non-immigrant who has made a significant and noteworthy contribution to the cultural and economic progress of immigrants, or to a greater public understanding or positive view of immigration, in southwestern Pennsylvania
 
Please submit your nomination when you are ready!


Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about the nomination process or the upcoming event. As we develop 2017 Immigrant Entrepreneur Celebration, the details will be revealed on our website.
 
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Friday, March 10, 2017

Pittsburgh’s leaders pledge support for newcomers


GlobalPittsburgh Immigrant Entrepreneur 2016 Awardees
 By Monte Bohna, GlobalPittsburgh's Study Pittsburgh Initiative Coordinator

In two forums recently, Mayor Bill Peduto of Pittsburgh has made it clear that the city welcomes newcomers from other countries: “we wanted to let them know the city has their back”. 

At a Feb. 21 gathering at the home of Gisele and John Fetterman, mayor of Braddock, Mayor Peduto signed a “shared commitment” which included a pledge to welcome to the region “all nationalities, faiths, and cultures” not only for reasons of morality and justice, but also because “our economy, our institutions, our culture, our vibrancy…are all strengthened when we uphold the rights of all of our neighbors”.  In addition to the two Mayors Fetterman and Peduto, the declaration is signed by The Most Rev. David Zubick, Roman Catholic bishop of Pittsburgh, The Rt. Rev. Dorsey McConnell, Episcopal bishop of Pittsburgh, Rabbi Aaron Benjamin Bisno of Rodef Shalom, Imam Abdu’Semih Tádéşe of the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh, United States Senator Bob Casey, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, and others.  

The Braddock meeting was followed on March 10 with a meeting between Mayor Peduto, Pittsburgh police chief Scott Schubert, and other city officials with representatives of local Latino, Muslim, Turkish and Sudanese and refugee organizations.  Mr. Peduto acknowledged the anxiety and “concern coming from the Latino community and the Muslim community”, drawing attention to the efforts of the city’s Welcoming Pittsburgh initiative to create an hospitable environment for newcomers.  

GlobalPittsburgh will hold the Second Annual Immigrant Entrepreneur Celebration in December 2017, building on the success of 2016’s event where, with Mila Sanina of Public Source and Susanne Cook of Cohen & Grigsby presiding, awards were presented in six categories to immigrants who have made a notable contribution to the city’s economic and cultural life: Dorit Brauer, Masa Uzicanin, Edgar Alvarez, Viviana Altieri, Dr. Jacques Chelly, Anne Flynn Schlicht, Luis von Ahn and Mikhail Khalil.





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Friday, December 9, 2016

GlobalPittsburgh Holds Immigrant Entrepreneur Celebration


PITTSBURGH, PA, December 8, 2016 – GlobalPittsburgh is hosting the Immigrant Entrepreneur Celebration and Award Ceremony at the Rivers Club on December 14, 2016.

* Thirty-two professionals and entrepreneurs, from every sector of the local economy and every corner of the globe, have been nominated for awards in six categories.

* Mila Sanina, executive director of PublicSource, will be Master of Ceremonies for the event. Formerly deputy editor at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, she is originally from Kazakhstan but “Pittsburgh owns her heart”.

* Susanne Cook, Senior Partner and chair of the International Business Group at Cohen & Grigsby, will present the awards.

* Councilman Dan Gilman will present a City Council proclamation at the event in honor of the nominees, award winners and GlobalPittsburgh.

The event will showcase the talent, tenacity and innovative thinking of the “newest newcomers” who have made Pittsburgh their home and helped to make it a world-class city. The awards, for lifetime achievement and in six area categories, were determined by a panel of four judges: Terri Glueck, Innovation Works; Max F. Miller, Raise Your Spirits; Rachel Mauer, German American Chamber of Commerce, Inc., and Babs Carryer, Innovation Institute, University of Pittsburgh.

The evening is sponsored by the law firm of Cohen & Grigsby, the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, Istanbul Sofra restaurant, Aesthetic Skin & Laser Center, Brother's Brother Foundation, Highmark and Carnegie Mellon University.

By the time of the 1910 US Census one in five Pittsburghers was foreign-born, and it’s a rare Pittsburgher who can’t share a family story about coming to American and Pittsburgh. Some of our most famous citizens, such as Andy Warhol, Andrew Carnegie, and August Wilson, were immigrants or the children of immigrants.

Mayor William Peduto has said, "I'd like to thank GlobalPittsburgh for creating this opportunity to celebrate and recognize immigrants as valuable contributors to the economic and cultural landscape of our city. Our history is rooted in the contributions of immigrants and our future is based on the innovation of what the next generation of immigrants will bring”.

“We are excited to recognize the achievements of some of the many entrepreneurs who have enriched our region with their talents and tenacity,” said John W. Hindman, GlobalPittsburgh Board Chairman. “We are a region that was built on the hard work and innovation of immigrants, and that continues to this day thanks to newer generations of immigrant entrepreneurs.”

Since 1959, GlobalPittsburgh (founded as the Pittsburgh Council for International Visitors) has cultivated a local network of resources and created valuable contacts for the region worldwide through its work with federally-funded international professional exchanges. GlobalPittsburgh has a network of over 500 members, volunteers, and citizen diplomats who ensure that visiting leaders’ and students’ feel welcome in the Greater Pittsburgh community. For more information about GlobalPittsburgh programs, please visit www.globalpittsburgh.org, call 412.392.4513, or send an email to info@globalpittsburgh.org.

To learn more about the Immigrant Entrepreneur Celebration or to register to attend, please contact Nadya Kessler at nkessler@globalpittsburgh.org or call 412.392.4513.
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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

International Peace Day and the Japan Peace Bell

By Monte Bohna, PhD, Coordinator, Study Pittsburgh Initiative 













One of the most unusual gestures in the cause of international peace has been recalled with the sound of a tolling bell in the heart of New York City. 

Today, September 21, is International Peace Day, first declared in 1982 by resolution of the United Nations General Assembly, and “devoted to commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples”. 

Little noticed in the United States – and agonizingly distant to the people enduring any of the twenty-nine armed conflicts now raging around the world – International Peace Day is traditionally marked at the United Nations Headquarters with a ceremony during which the UN Secretary General strikes the Japan Peace Bell, the centerpiece of a garden and pagoda built in the style of a Shinto shrine on the grounds of the UN complex. 

The bell was given on behalf of the Japanese people to the United Nations in 1954, at the initiative of Chiyoji Nakagawa, mayor of Uwajima.  The bronze for the bell, inscribed in Japanese characters with the phrase “Long live absolute world peace”, was made from coins collected by children from delegates of the 60 nations represented at the 1951 Paris General Conference of the United Nations. The bell normally sounds on only one other occasion each year, on Earth Day, the day of the vernal equinox or first day of spring.  In the half-century since the presentation of the UN bell the World Peace Bell Association, founded by Nakagawa, has endeavored to raise awareness of the world peace movement by presenting Japanese temple bells in sixteen countries around the world, including several each in Japan and the United States. 

International Peace Day is not the only commemoration dedicated to the promotion of peace around the world.  In 1967 Pope Paul VI, inspired by his predecessor John XXIII’s encyclical Pacem in terris, proclaimed “World Day of Peace” as a feast day of the Roman Catholic calendar on January 1, a date it shares with another Roman Catholic feast day, the Solemnity of Mary Holy Mother of God. 
However, perhaps the best-known, and certainly the most widely-observed, commemoration of world peace is tied forever to the “war to end all wars”.  On November 11, 1918, at the eleventh hour – 11 a.m. – the armistice negotiated on a rail-siding in the Forest of Compiègne took effect, ending the First World War on the western front. 

In the United States, by proclamation of Pres. Wilson, the commemoration of November 11 was originally known as “Armistice Day”.  From 1938, by Act of Congress, the day was officially dedicated “to the cause of world peace”.  After the Korean War, the act was amended to rename the day “Veterans Day”, signifying, in the words of President Eisenhower’s official proclamation that year, “homage to the veterans of all [American] wars who have contributed so much to the preservation of this Nation”.  Since that time, the focus of the commemoration has tended to rest on the specifically military “sacrifices of all those who fought so valiantly”, replacing - if not quite eclipsing - the hope for universal world peace which was prominent in the early decades of Armistice Day observance in the U.S. 

Conversely, in many countries formerly part of the British empire, “Remembrance Day” is a generally-observed occasion, marked by the wearing of red lapel poppies by all generations and walks of life, and by a minute of silence at the stroke of 11:00.  According to the Manchester Guardian, the very first minute of silence, on 11 November 1919, brought the city to a reverential halt:

The tram cars glided into stillness, motors ceased to cough and fume, and stopped dead…Someone took off his hat, and with a nervous hesitancy the rest of the men bowed their heads also. Here and there an old soldier could be detected slipping unconsciously into the posture of 'attention'. An elderly woman, not far away, wiped her eyes, and the man beside her looked white and stern. Everyone stood very still…The hush deepened. It had spread over the whole city and become so pronounced as to impress one with a sense of audibility. It was a silence which was almost pain ... And the spirit of memory brooded over it all.

Today, students and public servants crossing the lawns of Queen’s Park and the University of Toronto Student Union, to whom the First World War is a matter of family stories and grainy old photos, slow their pace in the name of peace, until the minute’s silence is finally broken by the carillon of the bells of Soldier’s Tower.  Even London’s Heathrow Airport adjusts its arrivals and departures before and after 11:00 each year on Remembrance Sunday, in order to preserve the silence. 

Among continental European countries peace commemorations are, unsurprisingly, often connected in one way or another with the traumatic events of the first half of the 20th century.  In France and Belgium, the November 11th Armistice is commemorated annually both as a day of hope for future peace and in memory of the human cost of the two world wars, and in both countries the role of military forces are highlighted in a way similar to the United States.  Italy follows in the same tradition, with a focus on military service, except that its “Giorno dell'Unità Nazionale e delle Forze Armate” is held on November 4, the day of the end of fighting on the Alpine front, rather than November 11th.  In Germany, Volkstrauertag, the Day of National Mourning, is dedicated both to German military casualties and also to victims of violent oppression, is marked by a solemn address from the ceremonial head of state to the Bundestag, followed by the singing of the national anthem and I hatt‘ einen Kamaraden, the German equivalent of “Last Post“ or “Taps“.   Instead of the date of the 1918 Armistice, still a sensitive and contentious memory to many Germans, Volkstrauertag is observed on the second Sunday before Advent, in mid-November.  
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GlobalPittsburgh Immigrant Entrepreneur Celebration and Award Ceremony is at the Rivers Club on December 14, 2016


The Immigrant Entrepreneur Celebration will take place on the evening of Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at the Rivers Club. Mayor William Peduto has been invited to speak at the event. "I'd like to thank GlobalPittsburgh for creating this opportunity to celebrate and recognize immigrants as valuable contributors to the economic and cultural landscape of our city”, said Mayor Peduto. “Our history is rooted in the contributions of immigrants and our future is based on the innovation the next generation of immigrants will bring”.

This new annual event will showcase the wide range of enterprises and services in the Pittsburgh region provided by immigrant entrepreneurs. “We are excited to recognize the achievements of some of the many entrepreneurs who have enriched our region with their talents and tenacity,” said John W. Hindman, GlobalPittsburgh Board Chairman. “We are a region that was built on the hard work and innovation of immigrants and that continues to this day thanks to newer generations of immigrant entrepreneurs.”

From a pool of ninety people suggested by friends, family and colleagues, forty individuals have been nominated for six awards.  Reflecting the truly global origins of new Pittsburghers, the forty nominees represent every continent and all the major sectors of the city’s economy.  The evening will begin with a reception in honor of several new Pittsburghers who have made notable contributions to the city’s life, followed by dinner and the presentation of the awards. 

Since 1959, GlobalPittsburgh has developed a network of valuable local and worldwide resources for the Pittsburgh region through its work with federally-funded international professional and educational exchanges. GlobalPittsburgh depends on the support of more than 500 annual members, volunteers, and citizen diplomats who help to connect visiting leaders and students to the community.

To learn more about registering to attend the Immigrant Entrepreneur Celebration, please contact Nadya Kessler at nkessler@globalpittsburgh.org or call 412.392.4513. 

For more information about GlobalPittsburgh programs, please visit www.globalpittsburgh.org, call 412.392.4513, or email info@globalpittsburgh.org
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