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LUMOS! Illuminating Pittsburgh One Thought at a Time
by Rick Tony, I Want to be an Ambassador!, Director

The six of us began our meal with exclamations of “Cheers!” followed by the clinking of glasses. This gesture of fellowship evokes memories of good times and kicked off this evening’s festivities. Imagine my surprise when Zita, my Hungarian friend, politely chose to refrain from clinking her beer glass with others. A lesson in Hungarian history and diplomacy would accompany our paprika-laden goulash.

Zita explained that in 1848, amid a flurry of European revolutions not unlike the recent and ongoing Arab spring, a freedom-fighter named Lajos Kossuth demanded parliamentary government for Hungary in an historic speech.  The Hungarian revolution against Austria began within days. Rebels fought through the difficult winter of 1848 and Kossuth eventually declared independence from Austria in April 1849. Then the powerful Russian military intervened to quell the revolution and Kossuth fled Hungary. His successor surrendered to the Russians shortly thereafter and handed the army over to the Austrians. But in an act of cowardice and dishonor, 13 Hungarian rebel generals were executed by Austrian command. Each year on October 6th, Hungarians remember these martyred generals as a symbol of sacrifice for the ideals of freedom.

“And what does this have to do with the clinking of glasses?” I asked Zita as we dug into dessert. Legend has it that, as the rebel generals were being executed, the Austrians celebrated Hungary’s defeat by arrogantly clinking their beer glasses together. Hungarians vowed to refrain from such an act for 150 years. Some, including Zita, continue the practice to this day in memory of the lives lost in the pursuit of freedom for Hungary. For her, this seemingly small gesture carries with it the weight of no less than the independence of a country and the honor of fighting for it. So as we offered one more “Cheers!” as the meal concluded, we all recalled the sacrifice of the 13 martyred generals and paused to reflect on the freedom we enjoy. 

[Join Rick, Gina and other luminari during the 2012 I Want to be an Ambassador! camp for an experience of a lifetime. Sharpen cultural awareness, sensitivity and respect for others. Break down barriers and misconceptions by identifying the nuances of proper etiquette and protocol during any situation through group activities that embrace and celebrate our differences. Learn more today!]

The Power of Partnership

by Hilda Pang Fu, Founder and President, Luminari

As our lives become more connected and our world becomes increasingly interdependent, our success hinges on the ability to cooperate and to establish and encourage meaningful relationships. This is especially true for organizations such as Luminari.  Our philosophy is to cultivate the leaders of tomorrow through provocative programming that helps participants develop skills for the 21st century and beyond.
In that light, Luminari has been establishing partnerships to create even more effective and enduring outcomes. Our partners, like our instructors, are the "luminari" of their fields.
Luminari's success is shared through the stories of its participants, partners and patrons. So as summer approaches -- and with it two of Lumianri's spotlight programs, I Want to be an Ambassador! and Teen Writer! -- we salute the contributions of our partners, including Saturday Light BrigadeAmerican Middle East InstituteWQED Education DepartmentSenator John Heinz History Center and PAJC (Pittsburgh Area Jewish Committee).  In their own unique ways, each of these institutions ignites hope, passion and excitement in others to create a greater understanding and respect for all.

Matthew KudroyKUDOS!

Congratulations to Teen Writer Alumni Matthew Rudoy who published his first novel titled "Corruption." Mt. Lebanon Library hosted a book signing for Matthew to share his story with the local community. We look forward to many more works from this budding young author. For more information on Matthew's novel, visit his website or click here to purchase "Corruption." Is your child an aspiring author? Our Teen Writer! Fantastic Fiction Writers workshop can help them with the tools they will need to craft an interesting story with credible, real-life characters! Register today!
Luminari Newsletter | May 10, 2012

CEO Georgia Berner Thinks Beyond the Box
CEO Georgia Berner
Thinks Beyond the Box

Georgia Berner, President and CEO of Berner International Corporation of New Castle,  and winner of the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) Small Business Exporter of the Year for Western Pennsylvania, will be a member of the popular Business Roundtable during the I Want to be An Ambassador! camp in June. Ms. Berner leads the second largest manufacturer of air doors and air curtains in the United States. Her company was named one of 2011 Top Places to Work by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Ms. Berner will be joined by a special gathering of innovators and business leaders to inspire our campers on the role and power of diplomacy in business. She shares a few up-close and personal comments with Lumos!
When I am stressed, the comfort food I turn to: All food

I think the most influential man/woman in the world today is: Hillary Clinton

Three personality traits I hope to possess: Persistent, Balanced, Eccentric

The one word that I like to use a lot: Yes

The reality TV show I might want to participate on: Not! (the business world is reality enough)

The best movie I've seen based on a novel: "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo"

The one place where I could spend hours and be happy: Carmel, CA

The last thing that made me laugh: Geena Davis' address during the WPO conference

My favorite Pittsburgh neighborhood: Lawrenceville

My favorite local indulgence: Polish liver pate in the Strip

My favorite international (or national) indulgence: Swedish Princess Cake

I can’t let my subscription to "The New Yorker" expire

I like Luminari because: We need diplomacy. There is too much yelling and not enough listening in the world today. Diplomacy is the art of getting things done in a civilized way. It is a good skill for teens to learn, especially young women.
Learn something new every day!

Learn Something New Every Day!
The Japanese word for diplomacy is

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Parting Thought: Read about "From Amsterdam to Istanbul, Art and Diplomacy" in the New York Times!
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