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Extending the knowledge of Penn Arts & Sciences to your business

Penn’s Professional and Organizational Development (POD) delivers dynamic, applied non-credit programs relevant to today’s global and connected workplace. Through our team, you gain access to the world’s leading experts in the arts and sciences who help you navigate the challenges facing your organization.

We offer customized training in:

  • Company culture
  • Team building
  • Cross-organizational collaboration
  • Positive psychology
  • Grit
  • Resilience
  • Critical thinking
  • Effective communication
  • Organizational sustainability
  • English language skills
  • Social norms
  • Leadership development

These timely topics are all led and developed by Penn’s renowned faculty in the School of Arts and Sciences. We consult one-on-one with clients to match your needs with our capabilities. Our flexible delivery models can take place on Penn’s campus, at your corporate location, online or through a combination.

The breadth and depth of our Ivy League content advances individual skills, build stronger teams and energize company performance.

Customizable programming portfolio

Our Professional and Organizational Development (POD) team collaborates across the University to help create online, in-person and hybrid programs that fuse the humanities, applied sciences and business. We’ve generated innovative online programs and brought our Ivy League experts to individuals and corporations across the globe. We can tailor the content and delivery method of these interdisciplinary programs to your group’s specific goals.

Culture-Driven Team Building

Culture-Driven Team Building is an online specialization available via Penn’s renowned Organizational Dynamics team and the Department of Anthropology developed the program. Participants learn to form, join and lead teams more effectively.

POD can pull the resources and instruction you need to make collaborative, productive teamwork your group’s mode of operation.

Topics Include:

  • Understanding and building team culture
  • Diversity on teams
  • Conflict resolution
  • Maximizing team performance
  • Creating a culture of continuous learning

If you are interested in building out a program based on one or more of the topics above, please contact us.

Foundations of Positive Psychology

Positive psychology is the scientific study of the strengths that enable humans and organizations to flourish. This online five-course specialization, available via, was developed by the “father of positive psychology,” Dr. Martin E.P. Seligman and his colleagues at the Penn Positive Psychology Center. Foundations of Positive Psychology explores the history of positive psychology, as well as applications, interventions and methods used in the field.

By partnering with POD, we can customize a module for your team that enhances specific aspects of personal and professional well-being.

Topics include:

  • Understanding positive psychology
  • Positive psychology applications
  • Building character
  • Grit
  • Resilience skills

If you are interested in building out a program based on one or more of the topics above, please contact us.

Penn Resilience Program

Penn Resilience Program

The Penn Resilience Program, developed by Dr. Karen Reivich of the Penn Positive Psychology Center, is an evidence-based training that can build resilience, happiness and well-being. This program equips individuals with practical skills that increase the ability to bounce back from adversity and to grow and thrive professionally and personally.

Penn has worked with individuals, teams and leadership from a variety of organizations, including the military, professional sports teams, corporations, first responders, government, primary and secondary schools and universities. A unique aspect of this program is the train-the-trainer model, in which instructors guide organizational leaders and management on how to teach resilience skills to their teams.

POD can help tailor a resilience workshop, class or training for your group’s needs.

Topics include:

  • Self-awareness
  • Self-regulation
  • Optimism
  • Mental agility
  • Strengths of character
  • Connection

If you are interested in building out a program based on one or more of the topics above, please contact us.

How we do it

Professional & Organizational Development offers customized programming to businesses that engage the many fields of the arts and sciences. Our experts meet with your organization to assess individual needs. From there, we work with you to craft the courses, workshops, lectures and instruction from our large portfolio of disciplines.

Our four-step process ensures success:

Understand organizational needs

We assess the following questions to get the full scope of your goals and background: What would your organization like to accomplish?  What are your current strengths and competencies? What skills, culture and knowledge are required to accomplish your goals?  What obstacles are in your way?


Professional & Organizational Development and the Penn Resilience Program have partnered with the following businesses, non-profits, military teams and institutions to deliver a wide range of training:


The Penn difference

The School of Arts and Sciences forms the foundation of the scholarly excellence that has established Penn as one of the world's leading research universities. One of eight private universities known as the Ivy League, Penn consistently ranks among the top ten national universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Recognized as America's first university, Penn remains a world-renowned center for the creation and dissemination of knowledge and serves as a model for research colleges and universities throughout the world. By working with Penn, you benefit from an extraordinary intellectual community of thinkers and doers from one of the greatest centers of learning in the United States.


Rita McGlone

Rita McGlone

Executive Director, Professional and Organizational Development

Stacy Clements

Stacy Clements

Associate Director, Professional and Organizational Development


Professional & Organizational Development

3624 Market Street, Suite 5W
Philadelphia, PA 19104

PHONE: (215) 746-8100

Penn LPS

The lifelong learning division of Penn Arts & Sciences

3440 Market Street, Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA 19104-3335

(215) 898-7326

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