• Congressional Candidate and Alum 

    Addresses Heinz College Students


    Joel Rubin is no stranger to conflict. As staffer, advocate, and politician, he has maintained a resolutely progressive stance on hot-button issues concerning energy, the economy, and foreign policy. An outspoken advocate of President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, Rubin was also one of the first individuals to testify to Congress during the Benghazi hearings in 2015.

    Rubin says his confidence and conviction in the face of potential conflict and criticism are due in large part to the data-driven strategy he began developing as a student at H. John Heinz III College nearly 18 years ago.

    “It’s a Heinz thing maybe, but I’ve always maintained that the best ways to win advocacy arguments is to have the data,” he said in a recent appearance before a crowd of Heinz College students and faculty. “When the data is on your side, you’ve got the high ground.”

    But for that data to win the day, it must be grounded in a firm grasp of the issues at stake.

    “If you’re meeting a member of Congress to present an issue, you might find you only have minutes to make your point,” explained Rubin. “It’s important to know the data so well that you can make the most of the time you’ve got to communicate the value and the meaning of that data.”

    It’s a strategy that has served him well. Less than two decades have passed since Rubin graduated with a joint degree in Public Policy and Management and Business Administration from CMU’s Heinz Colleg...]]>

    Congressional Candidate and Alum Addresses Heinz College Students

    Joel Rubin is no stranger to conflict. As staffer, advocate, and politician, he has maintained a resolutely progressive stance on hot-button issues concerning energy, the economy, and foreign policy. An outspoken advocate of President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, Rubin was also one of the first individuals to testify to Congress during the Benghazi hearings in 2015.

    Rubin says his confidence and conviction in the face of potential conflict and criticism are due in large part to the data-driven strategy he began developing as a student at H. John Heinz III College nearly 18 years ago.

    “It’s a Heinz thing maybe, but I’ve always maintained that the best ways to win advocacy arguments is to have the data,” he said in a recent appearance before a crowd of Heinz College students and faculty. “When the data is on your side, you’ve got the high ground.”

    But for that data to win the day, it must be grounded in a firm grasp of the issues at stake.

    “If you’re meeting a member of Congress to present an issue, you might find you only have minutes to make your point,” explained Rubin. “It’s important to know the data so well that you can make the most of the time you’ve got to communicate the value and the meaning of that data.”

    It’s a strategy that has served him well. Less than two decades have passed since Rubin graduated with a joint degree in Public Policy and Management and Business Administr... ]]>

  • Grant Oliphant Shares 

    Leadership Strategies at Heinz College


    Recently, dozens of Heinz College students and faculty members gathered in Hamburg Hall to hear Grant Oliphant recount his personal public policy and leadership journey. A philanthropist, community leader, and President of The Heinz Endowments, Oliphant shared his insights on what it means to lead in today’s society.

    “The defining challenge of our times is how we reacquaint ourselves with a relationship with our broader humanity,” he said.

    For Oliphant, the first and most crucial step to doing this is to approach leadership with full awareness. This includes having an awareness of your own story – both how it empowers you and limits you. 

    “So many of you are here because of stories that control you, and you don’t even know it. You will be a more powerful leader if you can understand those stories,” he said.

    Oliphant first began to appreciate the value of full awareness when he was hired as Press Secretary for the late Senator John Heinz in 1988. As Oliphant recalled, Senator Heinz’s own story was one of incredible work ethic. And for Oliphant, Senator Heinz’s unwavering commitment to public service was infectious.

    “John’s mantra was action over talk,” said Oliphant. “He never focused on the certainty of calamity. Instead, he focused on finding a path forward.”

    For Senator Heinz, one way was holding countless town hall meetings in order to learn what his constituents needed from him.

    “Most of the time when we’r...]]>

    Grant Oliphant Shares Leadership Strategies at Heinz College

    Recently, dozens of Heinz College students and faculty members gathered in Hamburg Hall to hear Grant Oliphant recount his personal public policy and leadership journey. A philanthropist, community leader, and President of The Heinz Endowments, Oliphant shared his insights on what it means to lead in today’s society.

    “The defining challenge of our times is how we reacquaint ourselves with a relationship with our broader humanity,” he said.

    For Oliphant, the first and most crucial step to doing this is to approach leadership with full awareness. This includes having an awareness of your own story – both how it empowers you and limits you. 

    “So many of you are here because of stories that control you, and you don’t even know it. You will be a more powerful leader if you can understand those stories,” he said.

    Oliphant first began to appreciate the value of full awareness when he was hired as Press Secretary for the late Senator John Heinz in 1988. As Oliphant recalled, Senator Heinz’s own story was one of incredible work ethic. And for Oliphant, Senator Heinz’s unwavering commitment to public service was infectious.

    “John’s mantra was action over talk,” said Oliphant. “He never focused on the certainty of calamity. Instead, he focused on finding a path forward.”

    For Senator Heinz, one way was holding countless town hall meetings in order to learn what his constituents needed from him.

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  • The Sundance Film Festival 

    Experience


    This story was originally published on the www.cmu.edu website. It is republished with permission.

    On a snowy January morning in 2012, Roxanne Benjamin met with students from Carnegie Mellon University’s Master of Entertainment Industry Management (MEIM) program in a condo at the Sundance Film Festival on one of the most important days of her career.

    Benjamin, a MEIM alumna and emerging film producer, was preparing to screen a midnight showing of her first feature film, “V/H/S,” at the festival in Park City, Utah.

    Later that night, in a packed theater of 600 patrons — including more than 20 MEIM students — “V/H/S” premiered. A few days later, Benjamin’s hard work paid off. The Hollywood Reporter was one publication to share the good news.

    “‘V/H/S’ was acquired for north of a million dollars by Magnolia Pictures,” recalled Dan Green, MEIM program director.

    Engaging with a film producer who is shopping a major project is just one of the many experiential learning opportunities more than 150 students have enjoyed while attending the Sundance Film Festival as part of the MEIM program.

    Since 2009, MEIM students have traveled ...]]>

    The Sundance Film Festival Experience

    This story was originally published on the www.cmu.edu website. It is republished with permission.

    On a snowy January morning in 2012, Roxanne Benjamin met with students from Carnegie Mellon University’s Master of Entertainment Industry Management (MEIM) program in a condo at the Sundance Film Festival on one of the most important days of her career.

    Benjamin, a MEIM alumna and emerging film producer, was preparing to screen a midnight showing of her first feature film, “V/H/S,” at the festival in Park City, Utah.

    Later that night, in a packed theater of 600 patrons — including more than 20 MEIM students — “V/H/S” premiered. A few days later, Benjamin’s hard work paid off. The Hollywood Reporter was one publication to share the good news.

    “‘V/H/S’ was acquired for north of a million dollars by Magnolia Pictures,” recalled Dan Green, MEIM program director.

    Engaging with a film producer who is shopping a major project is just one of the many experiential learning opportunities more than 150 students have enjoyed while attending the Sundance Film Festival as part of the MEIM program.

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  • Dean Ramayya Krishnan 

    Honored with 2015 Nayudamma Award


    Ramayya Krishnan, Dean of H. John Heinz III College and William W. and Ruth F. Cooper Professor of Management Science and Information Systems at Carnegie Mellon University, is the 2015 recipient of the Nayudamma Centre for Development Alternatives (NCDA) Nayudamma Award.

    The NCDA presented the award to Krishnan at a special ceremony on December 21 at his undergraduate alma mater, the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT-Madras), in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. Krishnan also delivered the 21st Professor Yelavarthy Nayudamma Memorial Lecture at the ceremony.

    The Nayudamma Award honors individuals for their significant contributions around the world in areas of sustainable development. Krishnan is being honored for his research and leadership in making data-driven decisions in key societal domains, including transportation, smart cities, and living analytics.

    “As a scholar, Krishnan’s work on data-driven decision making in cyber physical environments is well known for its multi-disciplinary contributions to the fields of Operations Research and Information Systems. This work and that of his colleagues at the intersection of information technology, public policy and management is having a significant impact on organizations in both the public and private sectors via the multiple research centers he has helped...]]>

    Dean Ramayya Krishnan Honored with 2015 Nayudamma Award

    Ramayya Krishnan, Dean of H. John Heinz III College and William W. and Ruth F. Cooper Professor of Management Science and Information Systems at Carnegie Mellon University, is the 2015 recipient of the Nayudamma Centre for Development Alternatives (NCDA) Nayudamma Award.

    The NCDA presented the award to Krishnan at a special ceremony on December 21 at his undergraduate alma mater, the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT-Madras), in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. Krishnan also delivered the 21st Professor Yelavarthy Nayudamma Memorial Lecture at the ceremony.

    The Nayudamma Award honors individuals for their significant contributions around the world in areas of sustainable development. Krishnan is being honored for his research and leadership in making data-driven decisions in key societal domains, including transportation, smart cities, and living analytics.

    “As a scholar, Krishnan’s work on data-driven decision making in cyber physical environments is well known for its multi-disciplinary contributions to the fields of Operations Research and Information Systems. This work and that of his colleagues at the intersection of information technology, public policy and management is having a significant impact on organizations in both the public and private sectors via the mult... ]]>