Watch the 26th Annual Ronald H. Brown Leadership Awards Gala

Ronald H. Brown Leadership Gala

In 1996, the second year of her tenure as President and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh, Esther Bush and the Board of Directors established the Ronald H. Brown Leadership Gala, named after the former United States Secretary of Commerce and former National Urban League Vice President.  Endorsed by the Ronald H. Brown Foundation, this premier event highlights the relationship of mutual respect and partnership between the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh and the corporate community.

The initial Gala in 1996 was held at the Carnegie Music Hall and grossed $160,000.  Last year, more than 500 civic, corporate, foundation, and community leaders attended the event which grossed over $400,000.  More than 80 cents of each dollar received helps defray the costs of programs and services of the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh.

The Awards honor outstanding individuals, organizations or corporations in the Greater Pittsburgh community who exemplify leadership in improving the quality of life for African Americans.

 The 26th Annual Ronald H. Brown Leadership Awards Gala was virtually held on February 17, 2022.
Additional details including how to register for the event will be available soon. Bookmark this page and/or follow our Facebook feed for additional details.

Organizations interested in being a sponsor of the event can reach out to Mary Kay Dietrich, Vice President of Development and External Relations at or by phone at (412)227-4158

This year’s honorees include:

Community Leadership Honoree: Franco Harris
Community Leadership Honoree: Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

The 26th Ronald H. Brown Leadership Awards Gala is made possible in part by the year-long support of the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh’s Corporate Allies:

We are grateful to our corporate partners and proud to showcase their commitment to building a community in which a strong, diverse, and vibrant citizenry will be able to rise to its greatest potential.

Peoples :: An Essential Utilities Company
Dollar Bank
Highmark Wholecare
Highmark BCBS
BNY Mellon
Giant Eagle
Howard Hanna
Key Bank
Pitt Ohio