CIF 2017-18: Dare to...

Each of this year’s Critical Issues Forum speakers owes a debt to daring. While their personal initiative has led them on different journeys, yielding different kinds of accomplishments, each can trace their path back to a pivotal moment when they paused, visualized, then leapt.

Now it’s your turn. For 40 years, the community has embraced this annual opportunity to engage with global experts on vital issues. Join us this year for a delicious meal followed by a rich discussion with these inspiring speakers. You can purchase single tickets, a 2-ticket series, or the traditional full 4-ticket series. Registration is now open! Reserve your tickets today

2017-18 Critical Issues Forum Speakers

Story Musgrave

Story Musgrave

October 5, 2017

For Story Musgrave, dreams are rocket fuel and not even the sky is a limit. He blazed a trail into space on six spaceflights as a NASA astronaut. Today, he is a multimedia producer/director, a landscape architect, an innovator with Applied Minds Inc., and this year’s Myron and Margaret Winegarten Visiting Professor at UM-Flint.

Dan Heath

Dan Heath

November 2, 2017

The ideas Dan Heath has championed have inspired actions in a wide variety of settings and situations. Dan is co-author, along with his brother Chip, of three New York Times bestsellers, including Made to Stick. Their newest book, The Power of Moments, will be released in October.

Shiza Shahid

Shiza Shahid

March 28, 2018

Shiza Shahid is a social entrepreneur, television personality, and women’s rights activist. She co-founded the Malala Fund with Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai and Ziauddin Yousafzai. Shiza is now focused on supporting startups, innovators, and entrepreneurs, particularly women, who are creating positive global impact.

Baron Batch

Baron Batch

April 11, 2018

Baron Batch, a former running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers, describes himself as a community facilitator, conceptual multimedia artist, and entrepreneur based out of Homestead, PA. He opened a creative arts incubator called The Hideout to support artists and like-minded creatives with a platform that empowers individuals to implement business and artistic strategies in the Pittsburgh community.