Carnegie Mellon University

Professional Development

The Office of Human Resources is committed to providing and sponsoring professional development opportunities for university staff. While some of the programs below require nominations, others are available to teams at a minimal (for assessments and related reports) or no cost. If you have questions about any program, please contact

Program Brief Description

Staff Leadership Academies

Collaboration with Tepper Executive Education designed to enrich the leadership skills and networks for high-potential emerging or existing leaders


Staff training initiative aimed at fostering development as leaders, expanding networks and encouraging stewardship of the university’s mission, vision and strategic goals

Lean Six Sigma

Staff training initiative that focuses on improving processes and efficiencies through a hands-on team project that utilizes the principles and tools of Lean Six Sigma.

Civil Treatment®

Provides resources to create a more civil, inclusive and productive workplace, leveraging real-world case studies to prepare for civil interactions. Sessions are available for both employees and leaders.

Leadership Pittsburgh

Local nonprofit organization dedicated to developing a robust pipeline of diverse civic leaders to serve the region

Leadership Development Initiative

Training program led by Leadership Pittsburgh Inc. for high-potential young professionals interested in becoming future leaders

Community Leadership Course for Veterans™

Nationally recognized program offered by Leadership Pittsburgh Inc. that aims to develop the potential of post-911 veterans for the benefit of the greater Pittsburgh region


A guided assessment which centers on four different personality traits, and is suitable as a stand-alone session for team building and development and/or as part of an onsite event

True Colors

A temperament and personality typing program that has been helping people of all ages understand and recognize differences that can lead to miscommunication and conflict.

Academic Impressions

E-learning resource that provides leadership, personal development and skills-based training opportunities to faculty and staff in higher education