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Thursday Rundown: Honoring a Local Humanitarian and Self Improvement in Work & Life

Allegheny County DHS

These topics air Thursday January 30, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA. To leave a question or comment before or after the show dial 412-256-8783. Join the conversation LIVE between 12pm & 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002. More Essential Pittsburgh segments can be heard here.Lifetime Achievement
For over 17 years Marc Cherna has served as the director of the Allegheny County Department of Human Services. In that time he has implemented system wide changes resulting in significant improvement in the lives of children and families. He’s been recognized for his work in this field with the awarding of the Casey Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Child Welfare Leadership from the Casey Family Programs. We’ll meet Marc Cherna and learn about his work.

Solving Social Problems
Behind every tough problem lie human behaviors. Understanding what and why we do the things we do can be a key to solving tough social problems. This is the focus of work done by Ideas 42 which played a significant role in devising Propel Schools’ innovative 2013 savings initiative.  Josh Wright is the executive director of Ideas 42 and he’s in Pittsburgh to take part in the University of Pittsburgh Philanthropy Forum.

On the Job with Sasha King
We’re in the first month of a new year and chances are you’ve made resolutions to improve aspects of your life. Whether it’s finding a new job or making the most of your current position, having a strategy is a good starting point. Joining us with tips on how to set goals at work is Sasha King, an independent career consultant.

Florida Beaches
Cole Porter’s lyric said it best when he advised listeners to, “Get out of Town.” It wouldn’t be surprising if people heeded that advice in light of the recent cold snap. Where better to escape than a nice warm beach? Travel contributor Elaine Labalme offers up some of her favorite low-key escapes.