Thursday, October 15, 2009


I thoroughly enjoyed the E2 Conference today at the McGregor Memorial. Thank you Bizdom U for making it possible for me to attend.

Thomas J. Murphy, the former Mayor of Pittsburgh, gave an inspirational keynote speech on making things happen-- or what can be accomplished when you get off the hamster wheel and aspire to a higher level. He was a bundle of energy, ideas, leadership and vision. He spoke of some of the remarkable things Pittsburgh has achieved, much of it done with a combination of public and private money. And it wasn't a picnic either. He developed brown-fields, ignored the opposition and did what he thought was the right thing to do (hard things too)--whether it got him re-elected or not. He made tough decisions and eventually things started to happen. Things changed. My favorite quote from him was he started as "a community organizer" but is now a firm believer of "benevolent dictatorship".