PR: Focus is on Inclusive Innovation at Inaugural Pittsburgh Collective Community Impact

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Danielle Davis, 412-407-2499

PITTSBURGH, PA ( — Approximately 100 community leaders, entrepreneurs, and business owners are expected at the region’s inaugural Collective Community Impact Forum taking place on August 18 from 10 – 2 at Point Park University. Morning or afternoon sessions available. All are welcome to attend; registration required.

The Forum is chaired by Rev. Danielle Davis, founder of Davis Consulting Solutions, doctoral student and adjunct professor within the Point Park University’s Community Engagement program and co-chaired by Dr. Patrick Mulvihill, Rowland School of Business. It is designed to support the economic development efforts of regional leaders across the City of Pittsburgh in bringing the vision of a new, inclusive model of urban growth to life. In addition to a robust line-up of speakers, the event features keynote speaker Melinda Emerson, “The SmallBiz Lady” and Forbes #1 Influential Woman for Entrepreneurs.

The morning will begin with an expert panel discussion on Creating Livable and Sustainable Business Communities, moderated by Ola Jackson, founder and CEO of OWN: Onyx Woman Network:

  • Bill Flanagan, Chief Corporate Relations Officer, Allegheny Conference on Community Development
  • Rhonda Carson Leach, Director, Entrepreneurial Fellows Center & Director, Urban and Community Entrepreneurship University of Pittsburgh Innovation Institute
  • Valerie McDonald Roberts, Chief Urban Affairs Officer, Office of Mayor Bill Peduto, City of Pittsburgh
  • Dr. Kelly Hunt, District Director, U.S. Small Business Administration, Pittsburgh District Office
Then attendees can engage in one of five breakout sessions with representatives of various industries from business, government, and area universities to gain expertise and resources in the areas of:
  • technology,
  • construction & redevelopment,
  • urban agriculture & aquaponics,
  • engineering & architecture,
  • and a special breakout:  “The Importance of Honesty and Integrity in Business.”

The full agenda and ticket information can be found online at

The Forum is sponsored in part by Point Park University’s Ph.D. in Community Engagement program; the Allegheny County Department of Minority, Women, and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises; Comcast Business; Sisters Saving Ourselves Now; Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh; Poise Foundation, and Volunteers of America of Pennsylvania.

About Davis Consulting Solutions

Davis Consulting Solutions (DCS) was founded in 2011 by Pittsburgh native Danielle Davis to provide services that support strategic execution of economic development and talent management, by working with public and private sector organizations, groups, and individuals. DCS services include innovative coaching, training, consulting, and other custom solutions to help address unique challenges related to entrepreneurship, small business performance, workforce development, non-profit capacity building, and connections to resources. DCS is state and federally certified as a small, diverse, minority, woman-owned business. Visit to learn more.

Contact: Danielle Davis, 412-407-2499


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