Women of Influence 2020 – Peggy Morrison Outon

The Pittsburgh Business Times’ Women of Influence 2020
Peggy Outon is the the executive director of the Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University. In this role, she advises representatives of nonprofits on management issues, fundraising and best practices. A nationally recognized consultant and trainer, she has worked with more than 700 nonprofits. She also is founding director of the Centers for Effective Nonprofit Management and the founding board chair of the Alliance for Nonprofit Management.

If you could switch jobs with anyone for a week, who would you choose and why?
Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa who makes people feel welcome and loved and exceptionally well-fed.

What three words best describe you?
Enthusiastic, curious, engaged

What’s your top piece of advice to women starting out in the workforce?
Pay close attention to what you love, seek to understand what you are called to do with your one precious life.

What’s the biggest challenge to maintaining work-life balance?
Work and ubiquitous technology

What businesswoman would you most like to have breakfast or lunch with, and why?
Lisa Schroeder at The Pittsburgh Foundation to understand her vision for a more just Pittsburgh.

What past challenge has most shaped your current thinking?
The recession of 2008 and its effect on nonprofits’ ability to achieve their missions.

Describe an ideal day off.
Nice, France. Going to the market, buying herbes de Provence to take to cooking school where you make delectable chicken and lemon souffles before going to the Chagall Museum to hear music.

Age: 69

Education: B.A., government and drama, University of Texas

First job: Supernumerary for Dallas Opera, non-singing set dressing in Suor Angelica and Medea

Family: Husband, Paul Outon; son, Ross; daughter, Katie

Hobbies: Taking cooking classes while traveling (13 countries so far), constant reading, mostly fiction

Community involvement: Serves on 34 boards, eight as president, including August Wilson African American Cultural Center, Global Pittsburgh, Community House Presbyterian Church

By   – Special Projects Editor, Pittsburgh Business Times