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Porter Hired As Sr. Consultant For Community Outreach, Strategic Planning

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins
The Pittsburgh Penguins have hired Ron Porter as a Senior Consultant, responsible for community outreach and strategic planning, it was announced Monday by team president David Morehouse.


Porter, 62, a native of the Hill District and a lifelong resident of Pittsburgh, is an internationally recognized consultant, facilitator, trainer and speaker with expertise in team-building and collaboration between corporations and their communities. He is president of RDP Consulting Services in Pittsburgh and is an adjunct instructor of multicultural management at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz School of Public Policy and Management.

“Ron brings more than 40 years of experience in community outreach, corporate team-building and corporate human resources to this new position,” Morehouse said. “In addition, he possesses an intimate knowledge of the region and its people that can be of great assistance to the Penguins and our partners as we move forward into an exciting new era. We conducted a two-month search and it became very obvious to us that Ron Porter was the right person for the job.”

“I’m excited about the opportunity to work with the Penguins as we embrace this tremendous opportunity to have a positive, long-lasting impact on the city and the region,” Porter said. “I’m looking forward to helping the organization link with diverse elements in the community and continue to be good neighbors and corporate citizens.”

Porter is a frequent speaker at local, national and international conferences on issues related to ethnic, cultural and racial diversity – including conferences in England, Ghana, South Africa and Ethiopia. Before founding RDP Consulting Services in 1984, he spent 17 years as a corporate human resources professional. He serves on numerous boards, including Pressley Ridge Schools and Propel Charter Schools.

Ron has been married for 39 years to Dr. Barbara Porter, assistant dean of admissions for the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh. They have two grown sons and four grandchildren (the fourth of whom arrived Sunday).
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