The Inaugural Vibrant Pittsburgh Regional Economic Inclusion Summit on September 12-13 was part of an effort by Vibrant Pittsburgh, its members, and sponsors, to bring together Pittsburgh business leaders committed to the advancement of people of color into executive roles, as well as to foster connections and strengthen networks.
The event attracted around 400 professionals from a variety of employers in the region. Guests enjoyed a keynote address by Carol Fulp, President and CEO of The Partnership in Boston, a nationally recognized organization that develops and prepares talent of color for leadership roles.
Breakout sessions followed, including a roundtable discussion led by Fulp and Grant Oliphant of the Heinz Endowment on elevation strategies and CEO engagement. Simultaneously, a panel of EBRG (Employee Business Resource Group) experts led a discussion on best practices.
At the conclusion of the summit, four Pittsburgh region companies with high-performing Employee Business Resource Groups (EBRGs) were recognized by Vibrant Pittsburgh their contributions. “Your work is important. Your work matters. Your work is a critical part of your success and the success of your respective organizations and our region,” said Melanie Harrington, Vibrant Pittsburgh’s President and CEO as she addressed the crowd. Bayer, FedEx, BNY Mellon, and Highmark were among the companies honored. EBRGs recognized included the Asian American EBRG, PNC Igen, the PNC Military EBRG, the African American EBRG, WOMEN Connect, and Pittsburgh PREP. “These groups are critical assets not only to their organizations, but to our region,” said Harrington. “We congratulate all of the award recipients for their great work and contribution to a thriving and inclusive Pittsburgh region.”
Overall, the event was well-received, indicating that similar events could be welcome in the future. As one attendee reported, “It was really refreshing to attend and participate in a Pittsburgh event that had such a diverse audience, speakers and awardees. We need more of these!”