Carnegie Mellon University

Leadership Academies

In collaboration with Tepper Executive Education, the first Carnegie Mellon University Human Resources Leadership Academy is designed to enrich the leadership skills and networks for high-potential emerging or existing leaders. The Academy provides the tools, exposure and training necessary to increase the visibility and success of high-performing leaders within the university.

The program is open to all faculty and staff regardless of gender, race or other demographic characteristics. Participants are selected through a nomination process by college and division leadership. When considering whom to select to participate, leadership should identify high-potential employees who have growth potential and would benefit from training in cultivation of diverse and inclusive leaders.

Overall, the participants should expect to devote a total of 90–100 hours to complete the program. Graduates will earn a non-degree Certificate of Completion from the Tepper School of Business upon completion of either program, gaining valuable knowledge and experience toward their professional development.

The program includes:

  • Strategic Leadership content and practical applications for success
  • Tailored sessions with senior leadership at Carnegie Mellon University
  • Strategies for cultivating organizational sponsorship
  • One-on-one coaching
  • Focus on navigating and leveraging internal networks
  • Networking with the Tepper Executive Leadership Academy participants and alumni

For information about the timing of the programs including when participants are identified, please contact HR Communications.

Strategies for Advancing Women in Organizations will help craft your leadership brand for both individual and organizational success while leveraging the unique strengths and addressing the challenges specific to women seeking advancement opportunities in higher education. This program will provide you with the tools for effective negotiation to hurdle obstacles, secure necessary resources and further your upward trajectory.

When considering nominees for the program, leaders should identify candidates who meet the following criteria:

  • At least five years of work experience with at least one year of employment at CMU
  • Current role represents a mid-level supervisor and/or individual contributor
  • Current performance reflects an ability to work effectively with or lead others
  • Consistently meets or exceeds expectations for performance at CMU
  • Supervisory approval for release time to participate in the program

The Leadership Academy will feature integrated development across four critical pillars:

  • World-class academic instruction in strategic management
  • One-on-one coaching
  • Professional sponsorship
  • Supportive network of peers

Strategies for Advancing Women in Organizations is far more than a series of passive classroom lectures. Be prepared for an interactive, results-driven experience that will leave you with a defined plan of action to take your career to the next level.

Date/Module/Meeting Length Content/Sessions

May 17 - 19, 2023

(In Person) Opening Retreat

Three Day Intensive

Time Required: 20 hours

  • Welcome
  • Pre-work assignment
  • Your Leadership Story
  • From Perfection to Passion
  • Mindsets & Skillsets
  • Clueless to Connected
  • Worker Bee to Strategic Resources
  • Imposter Syndrome
  • Giving & Receiving Feedback
  • Negotiation
  • Networking Reception

May 24, 2023

(Virtual) Online Panel Discussion

Time Required: 1.5 hours

  • Call to Action

June 14 - 15, 2023

(In Person) Mid-point Intensive

Time Required: 16 hours

  • Networks of Influence
  • Mentorship & Sponsorship
  • Innovation Mindset

June 28, 2023

(Virtual) Online Panel Discussion

Time Required: 1.5 hours

  • Leading Innovation

July 12, 2023

(Virtual) Online Panel Discussion

Time Required: 1.5 hours

  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging

July 20 - 21, 2023

(In Person) Closing Retreat

Two Day Intensive

Time Required: 16 hours

  • Executive Presence
  • Leading Change
  • Leading Teams
  • The Power of No
  • Sustained Leadership & Ambition
  • Crafting a Personal Vision
  • Revisiting Passion Tokens
  • Next Steps
  • Graduation