Skill Share Pairs Passion with Purpose

How it all comes together

The Allegheny Intermediate Unit (AIU), a PNC Grow up Great partner, saw a need to strengthen their job descriptions to recruit new staff, interview potential candidates, set organizational goals, and enhance performance management.  Through the Skill Share skills-based volunteering program at the Covestro Institute for Engagement, 3 professionals from PNC worked with the AIU Early Education program, conducting individual interviews to update 10 Head Start and Pre-K Counts position descriptions.

How did it all come together? With the help of our staff and volunteer project advisor, the team reviewed the existing job descriptions, spent hours collaborating with the AIU staff, analyzed the documents, and recommended a set of core skills for all positions, including job-specific competencies. With these recommendations, they sought the feedback of the bargaining unit, the policy council, and supervisors and then developed a professional and standardized format for the descriptions.

Here’s what the AIU director said about the program and their experience in skills-based volunteering…

This program was a grand slam. We have already implemented the PNC team’s recommendations to add competencies and behaviors to our job descriptions. In less than a month, we are already using their high-quality work to recruit, interview, and coach our staff. Their process was so professional and timely. They first listened to what we were already doing, asked good questions, took our ideas, applied their corporate skills, and did the work. Then they presented us with a prototype, and, after our feedback, replicated this with the next nine job positions in the group.

Because of this inclusive process and the guidance of the Bayer Center’s project advisor, their work gained the approval of the bargaining unit, our administration, HR, and our policy council easily. We now have a very professional-looking and implantable job description with measurable competencies. I can’t recommend this program highly enough. 

Chris Rodgick, Director, AIU3 Head Start

If you would like to participate in an upcoming Skill Share event, contact Jennifer Pease, program specialist, at (412) 397-6013 or


Your Shot at Networking: A Fun, Free Bayer Center Event

Your Shot at Networking   –  Register online! 
Monday, Oct. 30 from 6 – 8 p.m.

Put your networking skills into practice at Wigle Whiskey Distillery and Bottle Shop in the Strip. Get your handshake and business cards ready with top tips and tactics to make new connections and renew professional contacts. This fun workshop will be followed by time to put those learnings into practice. Bring your coworkers and friends. Topics include approaching new contacts; active listening; tips for shy people, your personal elevator speech; remembering names; handshake etiquette and graceful exits.

Instructors: Lynette Asson and Yvonne Hudson, New Place Collaborations

Fee: FREE, but RSVP is required

Location: Wigle Whiskey Distillery, 2401 Smallman St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Ready to Run™ Pittsburgh

JANUARY 27, 2018

8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Ready to Run: Campaign Training for Women


Chatham University – Shadyside Campus
Pittsburgh, PA


Early-Bird Registration before January 5, 2018: $65
Registration on or after January 6, 2018: $75


**Ready to Run™ Registration Fees are fully refundable up to 48 hours before the program.

Women and Girls Foundation is Hiring!

The Women and Girls Foundation is looking for a passionate, versatile, and enthusiastic individual to join the team in the role of GirlGov Program Manager.

The Program Manager will perform a wide range of duties focused on empowering  high school girls (GirlGov). GirlGov was created by teen women for teen women, and is designed to provide local girls with the opportunity to learn, first hand, about civics, government, philanthropy, community involvement, women’s history, and leadership.

To learn more visit:

Strengthening Your Team’s Accountability

Friday, July 14 from 9 a.m. – noon with
Len Petrancosta, Peak Performance Management

All nonprofits are feeling pressure to meet ever-increasing expectations with less time and money than ever before, and stress, burnout and disengagement are common. Yet nonprofits that embrace accountability, results, retention and morale flourish. Why? Because accountable team members negotiate clear agreements, build strong partnerships, and feel more control in outcomes, resulting in more productivity and less stress. Discover the powerful personal benefits of accountability and the strategies to make it happen. Register today!

Fee: $65 ($55 if paid online)

Win Two Free Tickets to “Beers for Babes: Not Your Typical Baby Shower”

Enjoy beer and burgers (veggie or meat) on  Sunday, May 21st from 2:00pm to 4:30pm in the courtyard of Mr Smalls Funhouse in Millvale. Learn about Global Links’ mission and help support women’s health initiatives. Pack a bag of much-needed items for a soon-to-be mom. Participate in interactive games and activities focusing on access to health care. Spend your Sunday afternoon eating, drinking, and doing good!

Through our Welcome Baby Project, Global Links has partnered with clinics in resource-poor communities throughout Latin America and right here in Pittsburgh, to provide an incentive for women to make the often difficult choices required to seek prenatal care.

What can you do?
Buy your $15 ticket today and have fun with us while supporting this initiative.
Note: This is a 21+ event. Please bring your photo ID. Questions? Call 412-361-3424

Be the first to email Carrie Richards at and you get two tickets to this event!