From the Chairman:
“2019 marked the 60th anniversary of GlobalPittsburgh, which started out as the Pittsburgh Council for International Visitors. This organization has spanned 12 U.S. presidents, and borne witness to an astonishing array of global events and new ‘everythings’ that have impacted virtually aspect of our lives – in government, academia, business, and civil society.
These events have included: the Cold War, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the conflicts in Northern Ireland, Perestroika, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the collapse of the Soviet Union, the end of apartheid in South Africa, the September 11th attacks, and so much more. The ‘everythings’ that have permeated and influenced our society and that of the world have included: Barbie dolls, integrated circuits, Motown music, fiber optics, Woodstock, Star Wars, humans walking on the moon, the American civil rights movement, personal computers, GPS, cellphones, and social media, to name a few.
The U.S. Department of State has responded to the world’s challenges and opportunities with projects that have brought international professionals from all walks of life to the U.S. to share best practices and responses to challenges. GlobalPittsburgh has been a valued implementer of these projects as well as developing and offering a diverse palette of its own vibrant programs.
The results for GlobalPittsburgh have been enduring and inspiring. Over the years, children of host families have grown up and become host families themselves. Immigrant entrepreneurs who started new businesses that have become staples within our region, have engaged with GlobalPittsburgh in telling their stories of hard work, dedication, and becoming a valued part of a community, and are now a part of the GlobalPittsburgh community.
Take part in a GlobalPittsburgh event, Meet our visitors from around the world. Learn first-hand their stories and share yours. I am certain that you will come away feeling part of something much bigger than yourself – you will be a part of the GlobalPittsburgh family, and can proudly say, ‘We are GlobalPittsburgh! Connected Everywhere!'”
– John W. Hindman, Board Chair