What’s a HUB?

The NPC holds quarterly HUB events (Host. Unify. Blend.). Organized collaboratively by two or more NPC organizations, they provide a regular forum for members and other guests to socialize, communicate, learn about and connect with one another. Each HUB has a different program that is determined by the partners involved.  Check out our HUBs so far below – and join our mailing list so you don’t miss an invite to our next one!

Connecting PGH 2013

On July 17, over 200 young professionals gathered at ALCOA for the 3rd Annual Connecting PGH HUB! The NPC partnered with Vibrant Pittsburgh, Urban Innovation 21, and CAST-P to offer a chance for newcomers to the community to learn more about Pittsburgh and the opportunities for professional development and advancement.

Sala Udin, community advocate, political activist, and former President and CEO of the Coro Center for Civic Leadership in Pittsburgh gave the key note address. Prior to Mr. Udin's remarks, participants enjoyed a networking hour and light refreshments. Following the talk, participants played "networking bingo" - which challenged guests to find the back story and interesting facts about their fellow young professionals.

*Partners include CAST-P, Vibrant Pittsburgh, Urban Innovation 21 and The New Pittsburgh Collaborative.

On May 13, NPC President Dan Law met with a delegation of young professionals from Jordan at the offices of Global Pittsburgh. The group is currently visiting multiple American cities through the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). The program is ran through the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

While in the U.S., the group intends to explore "Developing Leadership and Civic Engagement" in an effort to improve strategic engagement strategies and leadership initiatives for young people in Jordan. The group represents various organizations, including the Arab BankAll Jordan Youth Commission, Associates in Development Association, as well as others. 

The NPC connected Pittsburgh with members of the international community through shared experiences in programming, social media outreach, and public policy efforts.

To learn more about IVLP, click here!

Mayoral Forum 2013Pittsburgh Mayoral Forum for Young Professionals – May ‘13

On May 1, PUMP partnered with the New Pittsburgh CollaborativeUrban League Young Professionals, Leadership Pittsburgh, and the Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership to present the 2013 Pittsburgh Mayoral Forum for Young Professionals

Over 200 young professionals gathered at the August Wilson Center to engage in an open forum with mayoral candidates Councilman Bill Peduto, former Auditor General Jack Wagner, and State Representative Jake Wheatley. Topics for discussion revolved around public assets, the economy, a "vision" for Pittsburgh, and other pressing public policy issues. 

A vast majority of the attendees were undecided voters. 

After the forum, Leadership Pittsburgh sponsored an post-event reception during which young professionals representing multiple sectors in the Pittsburgh community were able to network and engage with each other. 


NPC Presents: ‘Burgh Meets (One Young) World– October ‘12
Hosts: City Councilman Bill Peduto, Junior League of Pittsburgh, PUMP, Pittsburgh Magazine, Shalom Pittsburgh, World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, Coro Center for Civic Leadership, J’Burgh, Silk Screen: Asian Arts Organization, YWCA Young Leaders Board

While 100+ Pittsburgh families hosted private home dinners to showcase Pittsburgh to the 1,800+ international young leaders in town to discuss global issues at the lauded One Young World Summit, the NPC threw a large-scale young professional party to remember – and the only open-registration opportunity for Pittsburgh’s diverse community to personally connect with a large group of One Young World attendees from across the globe. Read the news coverage and view more photos!

Leadership – Is it Better to be Liked or Respected? – April ‘12
Hosts: Leadership Pittsburgh Inc. and Junior League of Pittsburgh

Would you rather be liked or respected?  Approximately 50 members of the NPC network gathered at the Allegheny HYP Club to address that question and make some great networking connections in the process. David Lassman, Carnegie Mellon adjunct professor and LEEDS VP of Operations, led a dynamic discussion uncovering that while great leadership requires balance, employees tend to value warmth (being likable) over competence (garnering respect) – and that leaders perceived as warm garner more success from their teams, even if their “colder” counterparts have deeper expertise. 

April 2012

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Strategic Volunteering: Turning Community Involvement into Personal and Professional Success – December ’11
Hosts: Urban League Young Professionals of Greater Pittsburgh, J’Burgh

Approximately 30 young professionals attended the H.U.B. event, hosted by Urban League Young Professionals of Greater Pittsburgh and J’Burgh, where panelists Ryan Mundy (Pittsburgh Steelers) and Kate Whitlatch (Urban Mommies) discussed the importance of volunteering from both a personal and professional standpoint. The conversation was moderated by marketing consultant Shawn Graham. Mundy described the impact mentors had on him during his upbringing and the duty he feels to return the favor today through volunteering at his alma mater, Woodland Hills High School, and through philanthropic efforts such as the Thanksgiving turkey drive he held in November. Whitlatch explained how volunteerism was ingrained in her as a child and how it has helped her to grow her business and her networks in Pittsburgh. ULYP and J’Burgh plan to collaborate on a community service project in the upcoming year as a follow-up to the H.U.B. event.

Read moderator Shawn Graham’s take on the event

December 2011

Hosts: Regional Internship Center, Vibrant Pittsburgh

CONNECTING PGH brought together nearly 100 summer interns, young professionals, and employers in Pittsburgh for fun, networking, and connections. The event, held at American Eagle Headquarters, was an opportunity for the NPC and partners to feature the region's employers and other young professional organizations and display the benefits of living and working in the region.

Participants utilize a visual community map to illustrate organizations and networking connections. Melanie Harrington of Vibrant Pittsburgh, Regina Anderson of the Regional Internship Center and Misti McKeehen of the New Pittsburgh Collaborative spoke to the crowd about the many benefits this region provides. Special thanks to American Eagle Outfitters for their generous support of CONNECTING PGH.

December 2011

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Who Will Run the 21st Century? The Impact of Education on Global Leadership – December ‘10
World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP), Leadership Pittsburgh, Inc.

The NPC hosted a diverse crowd of local business professionals, educators, students and nonprofit representatives at Bricolage Production Company for a dynamic discussion to broaden the global education.  It featured keynote speaker Dr. Michael Goering, CEO of the German Zeit Foundation, along with regional education experts Melanie Harrington, CEO of Vibrant Pittsburgh; Seth Hufford, Program Director at CMU’s Carnegie Bosch Institute; Mayada Mansour, Program Director at A+ Schools; and Jennifer Stancil, Executive Director of Educational Partnerships at WQED Pittsburgh.

December 2010

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Share Your Vision, Make an Impact: NPC + Power of 32 – October ‘10
Hosts: Allegheny Conference on Community Development, Public Allies Pittsburgh

Some 30 members of the NPC network weighed in on our collective future at City Theatre to share their unique perspectives on what the future of our 32-county (super)region should look like. Part of the Power of 32 community input/data collection process, these insights help represent the young professional voice in this important regional visioning initiative.  And, the small group conversations facilitated a lot of great interpersonal connections!

Read the press release


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Liquid Knowledge: The NPC Debrief on How Water Matters! and What You Can Do  – June ’10
Global Solutions Pittsburgh, Green Building Alliance and Pittsburgh WED Partnership

more minglingWe set out to educate and engage our network in the issues discussed at the World Environment Day (WED) Water Matters! Global Water Conference.  A savvy group gathered at Bricolage to get short recaps of the conference’s three panels from young professionals who attended them; catch the premiere of the official Water Matters! video before it went public; discuss what can be done to help address water-related challenges affecting the Pittsburgh region; and enjoy the high-energy, high-impact networking for which NPC events are quickly becoming known! 

View event photos + and get resources to learn and do more

Young Professional Service Opportunities – April 14, 2010
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh, GLENDA (Gay and Lesbian Neighborhood Development Association) and Urban League Young Professionals

ypcServiceHost. Unify. Blend… for the Greater Good!The first HUB of 2010 was all about discovering rewarding service opportunities and organizations ripe for young professional involvement. We met at the new Fate Lounge in the Strip District to exchange ideas, learn about the presenting organizations, promote service opportunities and have a great time!  And a great time we had, indeed.   

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Breaking the Rules: Creativity & Sustainability at the Intersection of Art + Business
Hosts: Pittsburgh Emerging Arts Leaders, The Rivers Club Young Executives Society
Media Sponsor: Pop City.  Read the “Hot Event” article from Pop City!
Pittsburgh merged its right and left brains at this unique event produced by two unlikely partners who came together to Break the Rules with NPC and the help of Deeplocal CEO, artist and “deviant” Nathan Martin at the Cabaret at Theatre Square on Monday, October 26. This creative conversation was thought-provoking and fun, drawing a diverse group of 65+ people.  Bonus attractions were the made-on-the-spot business card sculpture and some really good raffle prizes. Download a copy of Nathan Martin’s presentation. 

Check out more pics of the event on flickr.

Read the press release

Pittsburgh Summit (G-20): Behind the Scenes – August 25, 2009
Hosts: NPC, Leadership Pittsburgh, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, PUMP, Pittsburgh G-20 Partnership, GlobalPittsburgh, Global Beats Pittsburgh

As our third 2009 HUB, the NPC jumped at the chance to join a larger regional partnership to provide 300+ community members with inside info (from VisitPittsburgh and the Allegheny Conference) about how Pittsburgh would welcome the world on Sept. 24-25, what to expect and how to be great regional ambassadors.  Check out some highlights in this article from the Tribune Review.

NPC HUB: Wheeling Through History South Side Bike Tour, May 19
Hosts: Young Preservationists Association, Leadership Pittsburgh Inc., Pittsburgh Young Professionals group of cyclists cruised the South Side trails while taking in their historic surroundings. Afterwards, a larger group met for food, drinks and an update on regional trail developments from Friends of the Riverfront at the OTB (Over the Bar) Bicycle Café.

Get a wrap up and check out some pictures of the event

Grant Panel Discussion with Local Foundations
Hosts: CORO and J’Burgh
Roughly 50 guests gathered at the Hillel Jewish University Center of Pittsburgh for a grant panel discussion with representatives from The Heinz Endowments, the McCune Foundation, The Sprout Fund and the Jewish Healthcare Foundation. These experts provided insights positioning initiatives for funding, and how the current economic climate has influenced those decisions.