Dennis Yablonsky presenting at TEDx Pittsburgh, November 2011 / Photo Copyright Leadership Pittsburgh Inc.

Late last year the Pittsburgh region hosted a TEDx conference. For more than 20 years TED conferences have brought together thinkers and doers across the fields of technology, entertainment and design (TED) to share ideas and collaborate on future possibilities. Since 2009, creative thinkers outside of TED’s home base in northern California have been hosting related events dubbed TEDx. In November 2011, Leadership Pittsburgh brought together presenters who included engineers, musicians, business leaders and writers from all over Pennsylvania and the tri-state region. Scholars and educators from Carnegie Mellon University, Pitt, Duquesne and WVU were among the presenters and participants at the gathering at the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in the Laurel Highlands, Fayette County.

We’ll highlight several of those presentations (most at a digestible five minutes each) here on the blog of the Allegheny Conference and its Affiliates in the coming weeks.  (You can also check out all of them any time at We begin with Allegheny Conference CEO Dennis Yablonsky, who explains how the region went from 18 percent unemployment in the early 1980s to a diversified, robust economy thanks in part to innovative public-private partnerships. And we hear from Greg Babe, president and CEO of Bayer MaterialScience and Bayer Corp.’s North America headquarters, both located in Robinson Township, about how the United States can transform itself from a nation of consumers back to a nation of creators.

Dennis Yablonsky, CEO of Allegheny Conference on Community Development

Greg Babe, CEO of Bayer Corp. North America and Bayer MaterialScience North America
Chair, Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce