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2018 Symposium Videos


The Power and Potency of Social Capital

As simple as it may seem, one of the fundamental aspects to a better life is found through the relationships we develop. Sociologists call this our “social capital” and it is more powerful, and critical than you might think. This talk introduces you to social capital and reviews its impact on both individuals and communities in general. Dr. Condeluci’s talk will also suggest ways and means to develop more relationships in our lives.

Al Condeluci has been an advocate, a catalyst for building community capacities, and leader in understanding social culture since 1970. Born and raised in the steel town of Pittsburgh, PA, still making his home there, Al received his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Youngstown State University, his Masters in Social Work and Ph.D. in Education from the University of Pittsburgh. Since 1973, he has worked as an attendant, caseworker, advocate, planner, program director and now, CEO of his organization, CLASS. CLASS has created a family of corporations and is dedicated to its mission - working toward a community where each belongs. CLASS, under Al's leadership, has grown to become the third largest disability specific agency in Southwestern PA. CLASS was listed in the 50 "Best Places to Work" in Allegheny County, PA in 2007 and 2011.

Along with his work at CLASS, Al is associated with the University of Pittsburgh's School of Social Work and School of Health and Rehabilitation Science and Robert Morris University Graduate School of Business. In these academic roles Al teaches, supervises students, and serves as advisor and consultant.

Al has emerged as a national leader and consultant on human services and community issues. In 2009, Al received the Frieda Shapiro Medal for exemplary leadership in nonprofit management.  Dr. Condeluci was also honored with the Award for Public Policy by the North American Brain Injury Society (NABIS) at the Ninth Annual Conference on Brain Injury in 2011. He speaks annually to national and international audiences reaching some 15,000 people each year. His books have won praises and awards for their thoughtful approach to culture and community and are now used at many colleges, universities and in-service settings.  Al has also launched a blog discussing his ideas on social capital, culture, and the disability community, which can be found at