“If you have a great idea – from an arts initiative to startup business – you can access the community and financial support to make it happen in Pittsburgh.”
As a consultant in communications and change management, Abby Bolton is typically on the front end of cultural shifts in Fortune 1000 companies. Often, these firms have installed new technology or made other changes that require employees to perform differently than they have before. “We identify patterns that are deeply ingrained in an organization and positive or negative influencers that can help drive or deter the new way.” It’s Abby’s job to ease the transition through targeted communications that help employees understand the new environment and the role they will play in it.
Her comfort level with change and new horizons extends to her professional volunteer work as well. She is leading a rebranding initiative with the New Pittsburgh Collaborative, a coalition of diverse, civically-engaged organizations focused on critical issues affecting the Pittsburgh region’s future. She is also on the board of City Theatre and appreciates that they “push the envelope” in creative performance. In fact, Abby believes the arts are one of the best things about Pittsburgh. “There are a ton of interesting, creative events going on all the time here.” She especially enjoys the Three Rivers Film Festival, the variety of neighborhood galleries throughout the city, other innovative theaters like Bricolage and Quantum Theatre, and the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts – the site of her 2011 wedding reception after a blue-sky ceremony in nearby Mellon Park.
At home in her Regent Square neighborhood, Abby loves the combination of historic homes, convenient location, abundance of dogs and dog walkers and distinct local eateries, such as D’s Six Pax and Dogz, known for its selection of hundreds of domestic and imported beers, many of them microbrews.