Pittsburgh Quarterly asked three local leaders: “What’s the toughest leadership dilemma you’ve ever faced; how did you handle it; and what did you learn from it?”

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  • Issue Quarter Fall
  • Issue Year 2017
It’s not a secret, but I actually was born in Pittsburgh. I don’t talk about it, not because I’m not proud of Pittsburgh; Pittsburgh is great. But in Pittsburgh, if you say you were born here, everybody expects you to know everything about it. When I was a little kid, my family moved,…

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  • Issue Quarter Winter
  • Issue Year 2016
  • Sub Heading A life’s recounting in the subject’s own words
  • Sidebar Title J. Kevin McMahon
  • Sidebar Sub Title Arts & Culture Executive
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    • Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, President & CEO (2001 – present)
    • Carnegie Mellon University, Heinz College, Adjunct Professor (present)
    • Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C., Executive Vice President (19922001)
    • New School for Social Research, New York City, Vice President for Development (19831992)
    • City University of New York, MBA (1990)
    • Hiram College, BA, economics & psychology (1974)
Like everyone, I’ve been watching a lot of Paul Newman movies lately. A couple of his performances made me think about CEOs and how they seem to get better with age. It particularly strikes me when I watch him play two different Eddie Felsons in “The Hustler” and “The Color of Money.”

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  • Issue Quarter Spring
  • Issue Year 2009
  • Sub Heading Gray vs. green in CEOs
He has a super bowl ring, a friend in the Governor’s mansion, and he’s in charge of one of the country’s biggest law firms. To boot, he’s got a dinosaur exhibit to his credit.

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  • Issue Quarter Summer
  • Issue Year 2011
  • Sub Heading Would you trust this man? Some of Pittsburgh’s biggest names do.
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