Jefferson Forum


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            4th Annual Jefferson Forum:              Creating Our Story

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

7:45 am – 3:00 pm

Crowne Plaza Pittsburgh South

This year’s annual gathering of 250 community and nonprofit leaders committed to improving the lives of residents in the South Hills and lower Mon Valley will include inspiring storytellers, intensive workshops, afternoon café discussions with peer-chosen topics, a photo booth, and more. Join us to learn, network and share your insights! 

Note:  Registration limited to two people per organization, but exceptions may be granted—contact Mary Phan-Gruber at 412-267-6771



Featured Speaker:  Stephen Smith, Director of the WV Healthy Kids and Families Coalition


Community Storytelling

  • Todd DePastino – Veterans Breakfast Club
  • Julie Strickland-Gilliard – Global Links
  • Khara Timsina – Bhutanese Community Association of Pittsburgh
  • Ashely Potts – Allegheny Health Network Center for Inclusion Health


Morning Workshops:

  • Building Sustainable Organizations (for Executive Directors/CEOs) – Dan Seitam & Paulette Duderstadt, PD Marketing Pittsburgh
  • Motivational Interviewing Basics – Stephanie Murtaugh, Director of Clinical Services, Pittsburgh Mercy
  • Leading from the Grassroots – Stephen Smith, Director, West Virginia Healthy Kids and Families Coalition
  • Improving Outcomes through Language Access – Doug Masiroff, Coordinator, Pittsburgh Language Access Network, Center for Hearing & Deaf Services and Mary Jane McCullough, Executive Director, Global Wordsmiths
  • The Challenge of Addiction – Ashley Potts, Social Worker, Allegheny Health Network and Dr. Mitchell West, Medical Director of Addiction Medicine, Allegheny Health Network 
  • Mindfulness – Dr. Stephanie Romero, Awaken Pittsburgh


Photo Booth: What’s Your Story?

  • A photographer will be available throughout the day to help you share a story of your organization with custom interactive storyboards


Saltworks Performance

  • Saltworks Theatre Company will share a scene from their newest production focused on Opioid Addiction


Jefferson Community Café: Peer-Driven, Issue-Based Open Table Discussions

  • The Jefferson Café will be an open discussion time with Table Topics selected and hosted by Forum participants! During the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to join Table Discussions for 2 different topics that you will choose at the Forum. Table leaders will be asked to share a key idea from their tables during the closing session and we will collect the insights on topics for the Jefferson Community Collaborative. (If you are willing to lead a table discussion, the registration form includes a section were you will have the option to register to be a table leader on a specific topic, or suggest a topic of your own to lead.)


Jefferson Community Café Results: Continuing Our Story


Sharing Our Story Slideshow