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Monthly Member Spotlight

November 2011 “Empowering Communities, Changing Lives”

ULYP: Change Agents Cultivating Connections

Name: Robert Underwood Age: 23 Education: Carnegie Mellon University (2009). Bachelor's in Mathematical Sciences Occupation: Quality Control Reviewer for Servicelink in Moon Township.

ULYP-GP President Marisa Bartley with “The Three Doctors” — (from left) Dr. Rameck Hunt, Dr. Sampson Davis, and Dr. George Jenkins —- at The State of Black Pittsburgh

African American Heritage Parade Saturday, October 1, 2011, 11:00am, Downtown Pittsburgh

cityLIVE: “Looking Forward to Immigration (with Rich and Raja)” Tuesday, October 18, 2011, 6:00pm, New Hazlett Theater

Five members of the ULYP Executive Committee braved the elements and marched in the African American Heritage Parade alongside the staff of the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh and students who participate in affiliate programs. Afterwards, several ULYP members volunteered for the post-parade activities at the August Wilson Center.

ULYP served as one of several hosting organizations for a discussion on immigration with Allegheny County Executive candidates Rich Fitzgerald and D. Raja. The discussion was moderated by Melanie Harrington, CEO of Vibrant Pittsburgh. The Pittsburgh area was recently named the second least diverse metropolitan area in the nation, and the candidates were asked how they would use their position as County Executive to attract and retain more diverse talent in the region. Both candidates agreed that job creation and making people feel welcome are important, but neither New Members Orientation candidate actually provided concrete steps for doing so, Saturday, October 8, 2011, 9:00am-12:00pm, Urban League much to the chagrin of the over 150 people in attendance. Ms. Harrington proposed that another discussion be held of Greater Pittsburgh with the County Executive elect to discuss an action plan for making the Pittsburgh region more attractive to immigrants and minorities. Eleven new ULYP members attended the ULYP New Members Orientation, where they were formally introduced to the Urban League movement, acclimated to the Pittsburgh chapter, and provided a forum to share ideas on how to make the Discover Pittsburgh-Work (Sponsored by PNC organization stronger. New Member Orientations will be held Bank) quarterly to accommodate the steady influx of new members.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011, 6:00-8:00pm, Allegheny HYP Club

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011, 6:00pm, Urban League of career advancement for young professionals. Panelists included Todd Owens from Dewey & Kaye; Dan Striker from Greater Pittsburgh Approximately twenty young professionals attended the October General Body Meeting where special guest CJ Handron, a Management Consultant for the Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence (IEE) at the University of Pittsburgh, conducted a short workshop on entrepreneurship. The IEE equips current and potential entrepreneurs with the skills and resources to become successful business owners that will contribute to economic development in the region.

the Pittsburgh Human Resources Association; and Hope Vaccaro from PNC Bank. The discussion was moderated by Erin Molchany from PUMP. Panelists discussed several issues, including the increased importance of creating and maintaining a LinkedIn profile, building and relying on strong networks for employment opportunities, and how to effectively gain upward mobility both within a company and externally.

What made you decide to concentrate your studies in Mathematics? And do you feel there is a need in the Pittsburgh area for young professionals in your field? One of the things that I have always enjoyed doing was playing with numbers. I enjoy not only crunching the numbers but figuring out what they mean and presenting my findings. It just seems so natural to me. Also, there is always a need for young professionals who understand mathematics, especially in Pittsburgh. Everyone from the cashier at McDonald's to the highest paid doctor and bankers use it on the daily basis. It is a universal language that will never become obsolete. You're a new member of the Urban League Young Professionals. What would you like to get out of ULYP-GP? I joined ULYP-GP for three reasons. 50% of it is for community service. I believe that it is everyone's responsibility to leave this world better than we came in and to give more than what we take. We must give back to those who helped us and help prepare the next generation for the challenges that they will face. 30% is for professional development. One of my goals to expand my network and seek new opportunities that I would not have had access to before. The last 20% is the social aspect as I do need to get out more.


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Organization Work hard, play harder: ULYP members after a hard-fought PUMP kickball game ULYP MIX (Sponsored by Reed Smith)

We’re on the Web! Reed Smith Thursday, October 27, 2011, 5:30-7:30pm, James Barnes, Esq., Chair of the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh Board of Directors and Partner for Reed Smith, hosted approximately sixty young professionals for a networking event. Mr. Barnes highlighted the work that ULYP has done in the community over the past few years, but also gave a call to action for everyone to continue to serve the community, as there is still plenty of work to be done. Three people joined ULYP at the mixer event.

General Body Meeting: "JOBS: How Do We Find Them?" Special Guest: Dennis Yablonsky, CEO, Allegheny Conference on Community Development Wednesday, November 9, 2011, 6:00pm7:30pm Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh (610 Wood Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222) Please bring your resume; we will have an HR specialist available to critique. Please email for more details. Thanksgiving Giveaway Saturday, November 12, 2011, 8:00am4:00pm Help make Thanksgiving brighter for members of our community by volunteering for the Urban League's annual Thanksgiving food giveaway. For more details, please email Membership Appreciation (Sponsored by Enterprise) Thursday, November 17, 2011 Winery at Wilcox (1940 Settlers Ridge Drive Pittsburgh, PA 15205) The event is free to paid ULYP members and $10 for non-members. Please RSVP at before Nov. 14th

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Adopt-a-Highrise Thursday, November 24, 2011, 10:00am Nazarene Baptist Church (7053 Hamilton Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15208) Spend a couple hours on Thanksgiving Day Over 400 people attended the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh’s annual State of Black Pittsburgh Conference. This delivering meals to the senior members of year’s focus was education. The morning featured a job fair and several concurrent workshops on African American our community and putting smiles on their families and student achievement for the adults, while the children enjoyed the August Wilson Center exhibits and fun faces. activities with members of the Pittsburgh Power arena football team. For want more to details, This story can fit 175-225 words. here. You may referplease your readers to email forms any other of communication that If yourkeynote newsletter is featured folded and mailed, this by the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh President & CEO Esther Bush’s address a co-presentation you’ve created for your organization. “Three Doctors”, Drs. Sampson Davis, Rameck Hunt, and George who made a pact to become storyJenkins, will appear on the back. So, it’s adoctors good while Help to change a child’s performance in growing up in the inner city of Newark. The panel emphasized the need for a sense of urgency around educating the school by allowing them to be fully to make it easy to at a glance. youth. Many African American youth grow up in the projects idea and have incarcerated andread drug-addicted parents, but it You can also use this space to remind prepared and more confident. Join ULYPshould not be viewed as an excuse for not succeeding. As Dr. Hunt remarked, “It’s not your circumstance that puts a readers to mark their calendars for a regular A question is a good way with GP as we help provide uniform blazers for halt on your future; it’s your attitude.” The panel encouraged the students inand the answer audiencesession to surround themselves event, such as at a breakfast for the students the Urbanmeeting League Charter positive influences, and called for professionals to mentor a child at leastcapture one hour perattention month. of readers. tofor quickly the School. every Go tothird and vendors Tuesday of the month, You can either compile questions that you’ve donate today! or a biannual charity auction. received sincefree thegiveaways. last edition you can Following the keynote, attendees enjoyed lunch and were entered to win Thisoryear’s State of Black Pittsburgh was highly successful and very well-received by the community at you have summarize some generic questions that are If Email spaceus is available, this is a goodif place to any questions or concerns. frequently asked about your organization. insert a clip art image or some other graphic. Saturday, October 29, 2011, 9:00am-2:00pm, August Wilson Center

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