Race, Gender & Leadership Series

The University Center for International Studies (UCIS) furthers Pitt’s commitment to multidisciplinary understandings of healthy communities as the premier site driving our international and global engagement.  We create, support and coordinate University-wide international programming, activities, services and collaborations that connect the University of Pittsburgh to the world. This spring semester, we are partnering with the College of Business Administration, David Berg Center for Ethics and Leadership, Innovation Institute, Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences and World Affairs Council to host the “Race, Gender and Leadership Series: Health & Entrepreneurship in Asia.” 

Featuring celebrity Pitt alumnus, Samir Lakhani, this series celebrates healthy communities across Oakland and the Pittsburgh community when rooting the intersectionality between race, gender, class, health and well-being within a particular place and space. The series of events highlights the intrinsic connections between local and global issues through interactive programming aimed at multiple audiences throughout our region.  Each program will invite audience members to consider the humanitarian and environmental mission, practices and impact of Eco-Soap Bank, Lakhani’s Pittsburgh-based non-profit working in Cambodia to improve hygiene, protect the environment and positively impact local economies while empowering women. https://ecosoapbank.org/about/impact/

“Race, Gender and Leadership Series: Health & Entrepreneurship in Asia” will take place February 9, 2018, featuring Samir Lakhani, distinguished Pitt alumnus, social entrepreneur, and Top 10 CNN Hero of 2017.  Samir will share his story of developing and launching Eco-Soap Bank while a student at Pitt and highlight its positive health, economic and environmental impacts on the developing world. Events in this series include:


Friday, February 9, 2018

Alumni Hall, 7th floor
4227 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Keynote Address: EcoSoap Bank & Pitt’s Year of Healthy U is open to local business leaders, health professionals and practitioners; Pitt faculty, student, staff and friends; local activists and global leaders. TedTalk-style conversation with Samir on his work as a social entrepreneur dedicated to restoring health and dignity to developing countries, as profiled on CNN.

Register now at pi.tt/TalkWithSamir or join us via livestreaming.


630 William Pitt Union

Healthy Global Engagement and Social Entrepreneurship: How to work responsibly with/as an international NGO? An informal dialogue between Pitt students and Mr. Lakhani on best practices when seeking employment with non-profits or developing new NGOs to serve the needs of developing countries. Co-sponsored by the Asian Studies Center, Global Studies Center, and Study Abroad Office at the University Center for International Studies. Light refreshments provided.


UClub Gold Room

Fireside Chat: Health & Global Entrepreneurship is open to community leaders representing innovative and entrepreneurial communities across Pittsburgh. Conversation with Audrey Murrell, associate dean of the College of Business Administration, on ethics, leadership, health and global entrepreneurship in the 21st century.

REGISTER NOW AT www.cba.pitt.edu/samir