2022 Katz Catalyst for Impact Symposium

Tackling Food Insecurity and Hunger through Ethical Analytics

Super Analytics Challenge 2022

Seven teams of graduate students from across Pitt leveraged their business skills and data acumen to develop innovative ideas around food insecurity and hunger in the Pittsburgh region.

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2022 Super Analytics Challenge

Pitt Year of Data and Society

Earn Credit: Inclusive Leadership Certification

Katz Students: Participate and earn credit toward the Inclusive Leadership Certificate.

2022 Katz Catalyst for Impact Symposium

Friday, April 8, 2022 – 9:00 a.m. EST
The University Club, Pittsburgh + Virtual Option

Analytics for Social Good

Data and analytics are powerful tools that can help us tackle society’s greatest challenges. The University of Pittsburgh, and Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, are building community and fostering innovative research that engages analytics as a catalyst of impact to improve the world around us.

The 2021-22 academic year was Pitt’s Year of Data and Society. All parts of our University were deeply engaged in inquiry about interactions and application of data across diverse societal contexts. Analytics have the capacity to make better, more informed decisions, whether they involve business operations, human well-being, or the greater social good.

You’re Invited: Address Food Insecurity

On Friday, April 8, 2022 the Katz Graduate School of Business, with support from the Year of Data and Society, led a discussion addressing food insecurity and hunger in southwestern Pennsylvania, grounded in research and community engagement. According to Feed America, 1 in 8 Americans goes hungry every day. In our region, a growing number of families struggle to make ends meet.

The symposium brought together perspectives from community, government, non-profit, and research to share knowledge and best practices, and promote data literacy and social responsibility centered on the issue of food insecurity.

Symposium Agenda & Speakers

Presentations and interactive workshops advanced the ethical use of data to create knowledge, generated ideas, and implemented programs that aimed to reduce the social impact of food insecurity.

 The agenda included:

  •  The Keynote was delivered in partnership: Lauren Lapinski, Feeding America; Marnie Schilken of Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank; and Manpreet Saini, SAP
  • Sessions on the use of data analytics in studying societal challenges and, separately, on the societal impact of hunger
  • Panel discussion on the diverse facets of food insecurity in southwestern Pennsylvania
  • 2022 Super Analytics Challenge – Poster presentations by the teams of Pitt graduate students on food insecurity solutions driven by data analytics

Pitt Business Virtual Food Drive

In order to continue to support our neighbors who are experiencing food insecurity during these difficult times, we hosted a virtual food drive! For every $1 donated, the Food Bank can provide up to 5 meals for the children, families, and seniors they serve across Southwestern PA. 


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