Word of Mouth - December 2018

December 2018


SheEO Semifinalist! SheEO is a radically redesigned ecosystem that supports, finances, and celebrates female innovators. The model brings together 500 women (called Activators) in each year’s cohort, who contribute $1100 each as an Act of Radical Generosity. The money is pooled together and loaned out at zero percent interest to five women-led Ventures selected by the Activators. Global Wordsmiths has been selected as a semifinalist for the chance to compete for this capital. Wish us luck, and thank you for your steadfast support!

Pitchwerks Podcast #109 - Listen to Mary Jayne talk about Global Wordsmith’s mission, Social Entrepreneurship, Language Accessibility, and more. Big thanks to Scot MacTaggart and the Epicast team for the opportunity.

Global Pittsburgh Immigrant Champion Award Finalist. Forty entrepreneurs and professionals from twenty-seven countries around the world have been nominated for awards in seven categories, and we are proud this month that our founder and director, Mary Jayne McCullough has been nominated in the Immigrant Champion category. Thank you, Global Pittsburgh!

With love, always.

Mary Jayne


Wishing you happy holidays and a joyful new year.



In 2018, American literature no longer means literature written by Americans, for Americans, about America. https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2018/11/ferrante-knausgaard-translation-rise/575482/



With Scarce Access To Interpreters, Immigrants Struggle To Understand Doctors' Orders https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2018/08/15/638913165/with-scarce-access-to-medical-interpreters-immigrant-patients-struggle-to-unders


Client Spotlight: ACHIEVA

ACHIEVA is a nonprofit parent organization that has comprehensive services and supports and serves thousands of individuals with disabilities and their families each year. ACHIEVA was founded in 1951 by a group of family members who all desired the same thing, to ensure their children with disabilities had the same chances in life that all children should be given. Their commitment helped to establish a nationwide movement that changed the long history of isolation and segregation for both children and adults with disabilities. ACHIEVA is the only agency of its type in southwestern Pennsylvania that provides lifelong supports. From early intervention therapies, in-home support, to older adult protective services for medically fragile senior citizens, ACHIEVA provides services through the entire life-span.

Contact in Allegheny County: (412) 995-5000 or (888) 272-7229



Afro-Brazilian Week at Casa Brasil Nov. 29 - Dec 2 at Casa Brasil https://www.facebook.com/events/198680584352350/

Sembène Film Festival: The Prophet December 1, 3:00pm at Alphabet City http://www.alphabetcity.org/events/sembene-film-festival-the-prophet/

Clement Kalombo, Renowned Congolese Guitarist & Singer December 1, 9:00pm, 305 Gist Street https://www.facebook.com/events/274947369828225/

90’s Night for Casa San José December 1, 9:00pm - 2:00am at Belvedere’s Ultra-dive https://www.facebook.com/events/186904568899046/

Nationality Rooms Holiday Open House December 2, 12:00 - 4:00 at the Cathedral of Learning https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/main/

NYE Giant Puppet-Making Workshop December 2, 2:00 - 5:00 at Latino Community Center https://www.facebook.com/events/200690700829276/

Global Pittsburgh Holiday Painting Night December 2, 5:00 - 8:00pm at Kiln-N-Time https://www.facebook.com/events/990530824481346/

Speak Out Against Public Charge December 3, 6:00 - 8:00pm at Allegheny County DHS http://www.justharvest.org/event/speak-out-against-public-charge/?fbclid=IwAR0tR5g_zYmBrU2xP_CeXMu1536lv3km_iEI3Cok6FiVO1dMvlK4aoNvSxk

Traces in the Snow Screening December 4, 12:00pm at Posvar Hall https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/crees/content/traces-snow-dir-vladimir-kozlov

Careers in International Organizations & Policymaking: World Bank December 4, 2:30 - 3:30 at Posvar Hall https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/global/careers-international-organizations-policymaking-world-bank

Kitsuke: The Art Of Kimono December 4, 5:30 at Posvar Hall https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/asc/node/467

Residência: The Hungry Cao "Gourmet Chinese Tasting Dinner" December 4, 6:30pm at Casa Brasil https://www.casa-brasil.com/copy-of-residencia-saludpgh-mofongo

Krampusnacht 2018 December 5, 7:00 - 10:00 at Market Square https://www.facebook.com/events/2210308205907369/

English Conversation Group for Adults Dec 5 & 12 at 3:30pm, St. Andrew Lutheran Church https://www.facebook.com/events/309099003210225/?event_time_id=309099029876889

Global Pittsburgh First Thursdays December 6, 5:30 - 8:00 at Gandy Dancer Saloon https://www.facebook.com/events/325313071384685/

Pandemic Dance Party December 7 at 9:30pm, Brillobox https://www.facebook.com/events/345483906034009/

Jerusalem 3D December 7 - 18 at Carnegie Science Center http://carnegiesciencecenter.org/rangos-giant-cinema/jerusalem/

Julbord December 7, 6:30pm at IKEA https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ikea-pittsburgh-julbord-tickets-51916059331?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

Charity Cycle Class for Casa San José December 8, 8:30am at X Shadyside Health and Fitness https://www.facebook.com/events/952790808239424/

Public Comment on Public Charge Legislation Period Ends December 10, 2018 https://protectingimmigrantfamilies.org/#take-action

Vibrant Pittsburgh End of Year Celebration December 12, 6:00pm at Hotel Indigo-Technology Center https://www.showclix.com/event/excellence-in-style-celebration-

Global Pittsburgh Immigrant Entrepreneur Celebration Awards December 13, 5:00 - 8:30pm at Rivers Club https://www.facebook.com/events/293670371234605/ Kaleta & Super Yamba Band December 13, 7:00 at Alphabet City http://www.alphabetcity.org/events/kaleta-super-yamba-band/

How Does Russia See the World? December 13, 12:00pm at The Duquesne Club https://www.worldpittsburgh.org/event/russia/

Alegría: Christmas Music from Spain & the New World December 14 - 16 at St. Nicholas Church https://www.showclix.com/event/cb-alegr-a-spanish-christmas-millvale

Shahram Shabpareh Live in Pittsburgh December 15, 6:30pm at Cohon UC Rangos Ballroom https://www.eventbrite.com/e/shahram-shabpareh-concert-live-in-pittsburgh-shabe-yalda-tickets-51683374364?aff=ebdssbcitybrowse

Paz y Armonía Concert by Coro Latinoamericano & Friends December 16, 3:00 - 4:30 at First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh https://www.facebook.com/events/2029688967074445/ Jazz ‘N’ Samba December 28, 8:00 at Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3895127?fbclid=IwAR25L36BapaNQ0FmB2WeV87Uj5Aw1oLFEFmVhnEpuCKPQ5mOWokFuW3rl9M