Friday, October 5, 2018

GlobalPittsburgh Announces Call for Nominations

GlobalPittsburgh has announced the call for nominations for the 3rd annual Immigrant Entrepreneur Celebration and Award Ceremony. The celebration will take place at the Rivers Club on Thursday, December 13 from 6:00 - 8:30 PM with a cocktail reception beginning at 5:00 PM. The event will honor immigrant entrepreneurs and professionals from around the globe that have made an impact on the greater Pittsburgh community.

Nominations will be accepted through October 31, 2018, for the following eight categories: Technological Innovation, Health & Wellness, Lifetime Achievement, Immigrant Champion, Social Entrepreneur, Rising Star, Immigrant Professional Excellence, and Entertainment Industry.

Nominations, including self-nominations, can be made 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, professionals, and immigrant champions received awards in 2016 and seven received awards in 2017, including Luis von Ahn of  Duolingo, Ellen Freeman of Porter Wright, Betty Cruz of Change Agency, Masa Uzicanin of Sevenzo, Anne Flynn Schlicht of Chatham's Women's Business Center, and other talented influencers.

Tickets for the 2018 Immigrant Entrepreneur Celebration and Award Ceremony will go on sale on November 1, 2018, and will be available at

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, call 412.392.4513, or send an email to

2018 Immigrant Entrepreneur and Immigrant Champion Awards


Tuesday, September 25, 2018

GlobalPittsburgh welcomes new international students at First Thursdays in September!

GlobalPittsburgh hosts its First Thursdays Happy Hour on the first Thursday of every month. Between 5:30 - 8:00 pm, we celebrate everybody and everything global in Pittsburgh and welcome new international visitors to the Pittsburgh region!

For Pittsburgh newcomers, our monthly event is a great way to connect with others who are experiencing or have experienced, being far from home. It is a night of networking and socializing where GlobalPittsburgh members and friends welcome State Department guests from abroad, international students and expatriates from all over the world. It's the easiest way to experience the world without leaving Pittsburgh! 

During our September First Thursdays, we welcomed new ELI students from Yasuda Women's University in Japan and Chosun University in South Korea. Thanks to DigiBooths, our guests, students, and host families enjoyed posing for photos at the complimentary Gif Booth. 

GlobalPittsburgh First Thursdays are sponsored Cohen & Grigsby law firm and UPMC. Thank you to our sponsors for enabling these great networking events!

Thank you to DigiBooths providing further entertainment to our event!

To local businesses:
GlobalPittsburgh offers opportunities to businesses and organizations to promote themselves at our events. Please consider setting up a vendor table at the First Thursdays event. We attract 100-150 people every month. If you are interested or would like to donate an item/gift certificate for a prize drawing, please contact me at 


Nadya Kessler