McKeesport native Brandon Short will deliver the keynote remarks at Penn State Greater Allegheny's second-annual Crossing Bridges Summit.
The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. May 2 at the Wunderley Gymnasium on the McKeesport campus. General admission tickets are free, but an RSVP is required. VIP tickets are $15. For more information, visit the university's website.
Short is a 1995 graduate of McKeesport Area High School, where he was a standout athlete, lettering in both basketball and football. He was part of the team that won a state football championship in 1994, and was named Associated Press Pennsylvania Big School Player-of-the-Year during his senior year.
At Penn State, Short was a four-year starter for the Nittany Lions football team, serving as team captain for two years, and was named an All-American in 1999.
Following graduation, Short played seven seasons in the NFL as a linebacker with the New York Giants and Carolina Panthers.
After retiring from the NFL, he earned his MBA from Columbia University and began a career as an investment banker for Goldman Sachs.
In 2013, he co-founded World Business Partners UAE, which specializes in loans for small- and medium-sized companies located in the Middle East that need to comply with Islamic rules governing investments.
He now lives and works in London, where he serves as a vice president of Round Hill Capital, an investment management firm, and is currently running for a seat on the Penn State University Board of Trustees.
The Crossing Bridges Summit is designed to examine ways that Penn State Greater Allegheny can serve as a catalyst for social change and bridge racial divides in the community, a campus spokesman said.
For the summit, Short will engage in a conversation with fellow Penn State graduate Wanda Hope, chief diversity officer for Johnson & Johnson Worldwide. Short will share his personal journey and his experiences living as a black man in the United States and abroad.
After the event, attendees will be invited to join Short for further conversations and reflections in the classroom in Wunderley Gym. Refreshments will be provided.
For more information, call Erica Tachoir in the career services office at (412) 675-9117.
Originally published April 25, 2018.