Transforming sentiment into organization change that is actionable, measurable and authentically Pittsburgh.

In 2021, Vibrant Pittsburgh hosted the Regional Economic Inclusion Summit. The Summit included in-person Pre-Summit activities, as well as the full-day virtual summit on October 13, and concluded with an in-person Post-Summit 10th Anniversary Celebration that evening.

Building on the success of the 2019 summit featuring former Senior Advisor to the President of the United States, Valerie Jarrett, our annual event included some amazing speakers. In addition, leading professionals spearheaded insightful talks and panel sessions as well as training workshops. These sessions/workshops focused on a variety of topics and industries as we examined what is needed and what is next for advancing workplace inclusion.


Summit Goals

Connect with diversity, equity, and inclusion leaders, home-grown and from around the globe

Convene virtually and in-person for cutting edge DEI conversations and workshops

Ignite DEI change in their organizations and workplaces with proven strategies and tools

Engage with a diversity of talent throughout the Pittsburgh region

Why is DEI MORE THAN A MOMENT for the Pittsburgh Region?

In 2020, the Pittsburgh region and communities across the country confronted longtime, systemic inequities. Going forward, we must ask ourselves: what makes our regional response more than a moment? What shifts a moment of awareness into a sustained movement resulting in greater diversity, equity, and inclusion for our region?

With the competition for skilled talent increasing around the world, our region needs to constantly assess its “value proposition” and engage a diversity of professionals currently living in the region in the crafting of solutions that will address the region’s growth aspirations. The Regional Economic Inclusion Summit provides resources, networking, and convening opportunities to our region’s businesses, furthering the conversation and commitment to the promising practices that move the needle for our region.

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Aleta Heard
CEO & Founder of Masters of Maternity

Alison Treaster
Senior Director of Talent, Allegheny Conference

Allegra Elson
Director of Training and Development, Vibrant Pittsburgh

Amanda Neatrour
Chair, Pittsburgh’s Gender Equity Commission

Andréa Stanford
BNY Mellon

Angela Reynolds, Ph.D
Chief Executive Officer, YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh

Caitlin McLaughlin
Chief People Officer, Lafayette Square

Carolyn Keller
Consultant and Founder of Curio412

Danielle Davis, Ph.D.
President and CEO, Davis Consulting Solutions

David Bubas
Senior Director, UPMC Center for Engagement and Inclusion

David Motley
Managing Partner, Black Tech Nation Ventures

Dawnn Clisby
Director of Staffing, EARN Staffing

Dayna Brown
Executive Director, Pittsburgh Hires Veterans

Donnie Bedney
President at PSP Metrics, Operating Partner at ScaleCo and Acquisition Entrepreneur

Doris Carson Williams
President & CEO, African American Chamber of Commerce WPA

Dr. James Taylor

Dr. Margaret Larkins-Pettigrew
SVP & Enterprise Chief Clinical Diversity Officer, Highmark Health /Allegheny Health Network

Dr. Paul David Spradley
Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Dollar Bank

Dr. Quintin Bullock
President, CCAC

Dr. Victoria Mattingly
Founder and CEO, Mattingly Solutions

Elisabeth A. Klar, CPLP, PhD
Vice President, Human Resources (Talent & Learning), Highmark Health

Evan S. Frazier
President and CEO, The Advanced Leadership Institute

Gina Winstead
AVP, Membership Development and External Relations, Vibrant Pittsburgh

Jack Manning
Beaver County Commissioner

Jeremy Shapira
Leads Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity at Giant Eagle

Jerome Jackson
Executive Director, Operation Better Block (OBB)

Jessica Brooks Woods
CEO and Executive Director, Pittsburgh Business Group on Health

Joshua Stewart
Senior Vice President, Director of Talent Solutions & Outreach, PNC

Karen Borchgrevink
Executive Director, LA Tech4Good

Mary Kay Babyak
Executive Director, The Consortium for Public Education

Neysha Arcelay
Founder and CEO, Precixa

Paloma DeNardis
Head of Inclusion and Diversity (I&D), DICK’S Sporting Goods

Rich Fitzgerald
Allegheny County Executive

Robert (Bob) Senz
Vice President and Director of Talent Enablement, PNC

Ryan Parker
Vice-President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), CGI U.S.

Sabrina Saunders Mosby
President and Chief Executive Officer for Vibrant Pittsburgh

Sara Oliver-Carter
CDO, Duquesne Light

Sertrice Grice
Co-Founder & Chief Consulting Officer, Mattingly Solutions

Susan Baida
Director of Diversity and Inclusion, UPMC

Tushar Lovalekar
Vice President of IT, Koppers

Valarie J. Cofield
President & CEO, EMSDC

Valerie Irick Rainford
Founder & CEO, Elloree Talent Strategies

Veronica Villalobos
Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Allegheny Health Network