The best ideas start as conversations...
— Jonathan Ive

Celebrate the Power of Conversation…!


...9 Years…274 Table Hosts….274 Conversations…and more to come!!!

Since 2009, more than 2,300 dynamic, diverse, engaged & interested participants from different walks of life have gathered each spring to share a meal, share ideas and communicate in an effort to effect positive changes in our region.

Program to Aid Citizen Enterprise (PACE) had a unique idea to “set the table” and provide a forum for meaningful conversations, with the goal to foster connections that would put us on the path toward a more inclusive and understanding Pittsburgh. Now, more than ever, the need for these conversations remain critical and PACE is pleased to once again “set the table” for these important, thought-provoking conversations that are so important to our region.

The 10th annual Inclusive Voices Conversationalists included:

  • Shirley Yinka Aganga-Williams, PhD - Executive Director, Acculturation for Justice, Access and Peace Outreach (AJAPO)

  • Will Allen - Founder, Will Allen Foundation

  • Barbara Baker, PhD - President & CEO, Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

  • Brian R. Burley - Author & Chief Vision Officer, Young Black Pittsburgh (YNGBLKPGH)

  • Esther L. Bush - President & CEO, Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh

  • Richard Bynum - Regional President, PNC Financial Services Group

  • Kelauni Cook - Founder, Black Tech Nation

  • Leon Ford - Leon Ford Speaks

  • Jake Goodman - Executive Director, The Opportunity Fund

  • Sean Gray - Pittsburgh Area Director, All Star Code

  • Divya Rao Heffley - PhD, Senior Program Manager, Hillman Photography Initiative, Carnegie Museum of Art

  • Helmut Hegger, PhD - President, Bayer US, LLC

  • Zaheen Hussain - Millvale Sustainability Coordinator, Borough of Millvale

  • Reverend Torrey O. Johnson - Priest-in-Charge, Church of the Holy Cross

  • Haakan Jonsson, PhD - President & Managing Director, Covestro, LLC

  • Katharine Kelleman - Chief Executive Officer, Port Authority of Allegheny County

  • Elizabeth E. Krisher - CPA, President & Managing Partner, Maher Duessel, Certified Public Accountants

  • Mark S. Lewis - President & CEO, POISE Foundation

  • Marian Lien - Executive Director, Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition

  • Leah Lizarondo - Co-founder & CEO, 412 Food Rescue

  • Jayne Miller - President & CEO, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy

  • James (Jay) Nesbitt, Jr. - Chief Creative Officer, Choolaah

  • Scot MacTaggart - Creator & Host, The Pitchwerks Podcasts

  • Michelle L. McMurray - MSW, Senior Program Officer for Health & Human Services, The Pittsburgh Foundation

  • Angelica Ocampo - President & CEO, World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh

  • Neil Parham - Director, Community Affairs, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield

  • Guillermo Perez - President, Pittsburgh Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA)

  • Elizabeth Rodgers - PhD, MPH, Epidemiologist and Health Services Researcher, Gateway Health

  • Rick Sebak - Producer/Documentarian, WQED Multimedia

  • Kate A. Sphar - Senior Program Officer, McCune Foundation

  • Tim Stevens - Chairman and CEO, The Black Political Empowerment Project (B-PEP)

  • William Strickland, Jr. - President & CEO, Manchester Bidwell Corporation

  • Derrick Tillman - Founder and President, Bridging the Gap Development, LLC

  • Patriece Thompson - Investor Relations Manager, Allegheny Conference on Community Development

  • Melia P. Tourangeau - President & CEO, The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

  • Patricia Waldinger - Chief Executive Officer, American Red Cross of Western Pennsylvania

  • Tishekia Williams - Assistant General Counsel of Regulatory, Duquesne Light Company

  • Nancy D. Zionts - MBA, COO & Chief Program Officer, Jewish Healthcare Foundation

Communication leads to community, understanding and mutual value.
— Rollo May