Allegra Elson

Allegra Elson

Director of Training and Development, Vibrant Pittsburgh

Allegra B. Elson serves as Director of Training and Development with Vibrant Pittsburgh. She is responsible for the strategy, design, management and administration of Vibrant Pittsburgh’s diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) educational programming. Allegra’s extensive experience includes teaching, facilitation, project management, curriculum design and implementation for both nonprofit and for-profit industries. She taught English as Foreign Language in China, Indonesia, Italy, and Turkey. She taught Italian language and culture at the University of Pittsburgh, Kent State University, and Duquesne University. As a member of AmeriCorps, she served as an ESL (English as a Second Language) and ABE (Adult Basic Education) instructor. Allegra is embedded in the immigrant, refugee, and international communities as a member of the Immigrants & Internationals Advisory Council at the Allegheny County Department of Human Services along with co-chairing its LGBTQ+ subcommittee. She also serves on Mayor William Peduto’s Welcoming Pittsburgh Advisory Council. A native Pittsburgher, Allegra has a Master’s degree in Italian Language and Literature from the University of Pittsburgh and a TESOL Certificate from Teachers College, Columbia University. She was the recipient of the Outstanding Teacher Award from the Pennsylvania Department of Education and was named one of Pittsburgh’s 40 under 40 by Pittsburgh Magazine.

2:30 pm - 3:45 pm

Afternoon Workshops

Inclusive Leadership
Inclusive leaders commit to ensuring all team members are treated equitably, feel a sense of belonging and have the resources and support they need. Creating feelings of belonging for all employees is one of the best things you can do to improve employee engagement, performance, and help support institutional goals. Without an inclusive company culture, recruiting a diverse workforce could lead to a revolving door of candidates and employees from underrepresented groups.
In this training participants will:

  • have a better understanding of the key features of inclusive workplaces;
  • learn about how to increase workplace fairness and respect;
  • understand the conditions that to bring all members of the team closer to feelings of belonging, thus creating the conditions that build confidence and enable innovation.