PDCDC Speakers Series at Point Park University

PDCDC Speakers Series at PPU logoThe PDCDC Speakers Series at Point Park University is a lecture series that encourages the community to engage with issues that affect Pittsburgh. Lecturers will speak on a variety of topics that pertain to the city in a small, intimate Downtown venue. In partnership with Point Park University, the PDCDC hopes to offer residents, area stakeholders, and community members a unique addition to Downtown Pittsburgh’s wide array of entertainment and cultural activities.

The series is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to info@pdcdc.org or call 412-235-7263.

We encourage you to share this event with friends and neighbors. You can share it on Facebook or view it in our calendar.

The PDCDC Speaker Series will resume fall 2017!

Past Events

PDCDC Speaker Series at Point Park University Presents CREATING AN URBAN VILLAGE

This event took place on January 23, 2017 and featured discussion of strategies, ideas, and issues that affect the city of Pittsburgh! This panel featured downtown innovators such as:

Pittsburgh City Councilman David Lavelle

Lauren Byrne of Allegheny County Economic Development

Randy Mineo of Core Realty

Rick Belloli of Q Development


PDCDC Speaker Series at Point Park University Presents COFFEE & CONVERSATION

This event took place on October 24, 2016 and featured an interactive panel of coffee aficionados! Representatives from some of Pittsburgh’s finest coffee establishments joined the PDCDC at Point Park to discuss their methods, strategies, history, and coffee brewing in Pittsburgh.

Panelists included:

Phil Johnson of The Commonplace Coffee Co.

Jordan Nicholas of Nicholas Coffee and Tea Co.

Vaughan Stephenson of Market Street Grocery

Chris Potenza of Rock ‘n’ Joe Pittsburgh

PDCDC Speakers Series at Point Park University Presents FASHION FORWARDS

This event was held on Monday, April 11. The series featured a live panel discussion with five Pittsburgh fashion gurus. They discussed their roles in the development of fashion and retail in the city, and why they believe this industry will be booming here in the next decade.

Panelists included:
Stephanie Taylor- Department Chair of Fashion Design and Fashion Marketing/ Management at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh
Tom Michael- President of Larrimor’s
Bear Brandegee- Style Strategist
Anna Ciaccio- of Boutique La Passerelle.

PDCDC Speakers Series at Point Park University Presents INNOVATIVE WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP

This event took place  on Monday, January 11. The series featured a live panel discussion with our five expert female innovators who are working hard as leaders and entrepreneurs in the Downtown Pittsburgh region to build new programs, develop coaching organizations and revitalize business in the city.

Panelists included Beth Caldwell, Pittsburgh Professional Women – Executive Director and Leadership Academy of Women – Founder; Natalie Bencivenga, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – Columnist and SEEN – Editor. Emily Levenson, Propelle Co-founder; Yvonne Campos, Campos Inc. CEO and Founder; Bevin Baker, Coro’s Women in Leadership Member and Dollar Bank, Business Banker. Moderating the discussion was published Author, Meredith Mileti.

The PDCDC Speaker Series at Point Park University will continue into 2016, with one other event already in the works for the spring. Each series will feature a unique topic related to the culture and industry of Pittsburgh and bring in local and national experts on that topic. The series is free and open to the public.
The floor will open up to the audience for the last 15 minutes to provide the audience with the opportunity to join the discussion with their question. The event with commence with ample opportunity to meet our panel and network with the attendees. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page.

PDCDC Speakers Series at Point Park University Presents DOWNTOWN’S TOP CHEFS

This Speaker Series event took place on Oct. 19 at 6 p.m. This series gave the chance to hear directly from four distinguished Downtown chef’s about the Steel City’s restaurant boom. Panelists included Bill Fuller, Corporate Chef for Big Burrito Group; Dan Forstner, Sushi Chef at AMPD Group’s upcoming Social House Seven; Keith Fuller, Chef and Owner of Root 174 and the upcoming Pork & Beans; and Josiah Henry, Executive Chef at Vallozzi’s.

The event was held at Lawrence Hall, 201 Wood St., on Point Park University’s campus.

PDCDC Speakers Series at Point Park University Presents HEALTHY EATING

This Speakers Series was held in January 2015 at Hundred Wood. The subject matter for the second in a continuing series was Healthy Eating, Locally-Sourced food, and Farm-to-Table Dining. Panelists included Leah Lizarondo from The Brazen Kitchen, food author and Downtown resident Meredith Mileti, food blogger Terri Dowd, and Anthony Hruska, the executive chef of Ten Penny.

PDCDC Speakers Series at Point Park University Presents FILM in PITTSBURGH

The inaugural event featured experts on film in Pittsburgh, and it took place on Tuesday, Oct. 14 at the Lawrence Hall Ballroom (201 Wood St.) on Point Park University’s campus.

Panelists gave a 2-3 minute introduction followed by a moderator presenting subjects for discussion.  After the panel discussion, we then opened up for questions from the audience.

Michael Capozzoli – CAPture Production Studios
Charlie Humphrey – Pittsburgh Filmmakers
Dawn Keezer – Pittsburgh Film Office
Carl Kurlander – Steeltown Entertainment Project

Light fare and non-alcoholic beverages were provided by Point Park University, wine and beer sold by Aramark.