Financial Advisor to Share a Spiritual Journey with Newtown Friends – theporteronline


BOROUGH OF NEWTOWN >> Mark Laskow, Pittsburgh Quaker, lawyer, business leader and civic volunteer will share his spiritual journey with the adult class at the historic Newtown Friends Meetinghouse at 219 Court Street on Sunday, April 24 starting at 9:45 a.m.

During his professional career, Laskow worked for five years at a large Pittsburgh firm, now Reed Smith, and then joined The Hillman Company, a private investment firm. During his tenure at Hillman, Mark served on the board of directors of Kenetech Corporation, then the nation’s largest wind energy company, and Exide Corporation, the largest manufacturer of lead-acid batteries. He was responsible for drilling approximately 600 oil and gas wells, all in the United States. After 21 years at Hillman, Mark became CEO of Greycourt & Co., an independent investment adviser to wealthy families.

Mark’s civic involvement in Pittsburgh began with Penn Circle Community High School as its first chair of the board. He is currently Chairman of the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission, Vice Chairman of UPMC Health System and Chairman of its Health Plan.

Laskow recently retired as the first president of a foundation that manages what was, at the time, the largest philanthropic gift ever made by an individual to higher education. He has chaired a number of other foundations and sits on the boards of several non-profit organizations. In 2011, the Allegheny County Medical Society presented Mark with its Benjamin Rush Individual Public Health Award.

Mark grew up in the Philadelphia area, attended Catholic elementary schools (Melrose and Gwynedd Mercy), then The Hill School, received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his law degree from the University of Pittsburgh.

Mark Laskow is a member of the Pittsburgh Quaker Meeting and currently attends the Quaker Worship Group in Key West, Florida.

Newtown Friends Meeting co-founded by “Peaceable Kingdom” painter and Quaker minister Edward Hicks in 1815 is open to anyone who wishes to attend. Regular First Day Education (Sunday School) classes for all ages begin at 9:45 a.m. and Worship Meeting (in-person or on Zoom) begins at 11 a.m.

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