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While the city’s different neighborhoods and its great food scene are a close second and third, what LaTrenda Leonard Sherrill has always treasured the most about Pittsburgh is the ability for an individual to have an impact. In her role as the deputy chief of education for the Office of Mayor William Peduto, she witnesses this impact firsthand, with some of her responsibilities including securing equal access to pre-k, summer learning activities, and after-school programs for Pittsburghers. In all her experiences, she’s been impressed by her peers. “Young professionals in Pittsburgh are grinding! They are making moves, starting businesses, running for office, and challenging the status quo. I know many who are inclusive and creative, and are carving out spaces for themselves that others have not yet,” she says. Up next on her agenda? With Mayor Peduto placing a high priority on ensuring school-age children stay safe and continue 50

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to learn throughout the summer, Leonard Sherrill is eagerly gearing up to promote positive youth activities, from summer camps to summer jobs. And, she’s looking forward to serving as a coordinating ambassador for One Young World Summit, touted as the second largest gathering of countries (after the Olympics), where the young talent from 196 nations gathers to find ways to resolve the most important issues we face today. This year, the Texas native hopes to connect more local young professionals to the conference. For more information, visit pittsburghpa.gov and oneyoungworld.com. FAVORITE PITTSBURGH RESTAURANT: “Culture! It’s located Downtown, and I love the vibe. From the live jazz to the Manhattans, it’s my type of place!”

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WHIRL Magazine: March 2016  

In this issue: 13 Under 30, breast cancer survivors, and WHIRL @Home.

WHIRL Magazine: March 2016  

In this issue: 13 Under 30, breast cancer survivors, and WHIRL @Home.