The best ideas start as conversations...
— Steve Jobs

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. JohnsonPriest-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 OcampoPresident & 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 StevensChairman 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. TourangeauPresident & 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