Leadership Development

Leadership Development

Human Resources offers four leadership development programs to help you develop the management and leadership skills needed to be successful at Penn and beyond.

Contact Talent Development at 215-898-3400 if you have questions about any of these programs.


STEP UP is a training program for motivated individual contributors who want to lead themselves and others more effectively. Sessions focus on developing skills that hone in on utilizing strengths, fostering inclusion, communicating, getting work done, teaming, dealing with change, and managing relationships. The self-paced program consists of eight half-day virtual classroom sessions and eight online e-learning modules. Participants also complete a Gallup Strengths Assessment and PACE Palette to identify strengths and communication styles. Enrollment is open to all staff.

Register on Workday Learning. Supervisor’s permission is required. Cost: $300.

Getting to Know Penn as a Manager: New Leader Assimilation Training

This collection of self-guided web-based training courses provides new leaders with the knowledge and skills necessary to hit the ground running as they step into management roles for the first time. This program is also useful for seasoned leaders who are looking to refresh their knowledge of Penn policies or keep up-to-date on best practices, or for non-management staff who are interested in someday stepping into a leadership position. Topics covered in this program include:

  • Penn's Core Policies
  • Recruiting and Selection
  • Time, Attendance, and Pay Practices
  • Performance and Engagement
  • Safety On Campus
  • Health and Wellness

Register on Workday Learning. Cost: Free. Staff at all levels are welcome to register. 
This program is a prerequisite for Essentials of Management.

Essentials of Management

If you're a new manager at Penn, this program is for you. You'll learn about a variety of general management practices to help you shine in your new role, like interviewing, hiring, development, engagement, and performance management. This cohort-based program runs over 9 weeks and includes 9 classroom sessions and 3 online modules. You’ll have the opportunity to take the MBTI and DiSC assessments, meet with a professional performance coach to review the results, and network with other managers from across Penn.

Register on Workday Learning. Cost: $450. Prerequisite: Getting to Know Penn as a Manager.


AMP-UP is a highly experiential developmental opportunity for mid-level managers who are ready to expand their management and leadership skills. The program focuses on building a solid foundation in a wide array of areas including: ethics, change management, and workplace culture. Sessions incorporate practical approaches to individual leadership style, building trust, resolving conflict, and group dynamics. The program includes six full-day sessions and a group learning project completed over a six-month period. Participants also complete a 360-assessment and receive one-on-one coaching sessions with a dedicated executive coach.

Enrollment requires manager or human resource’s nomination. Cost: $3,700. Contact Talent Development at 215-898-3400 to learn more. 

Leadership @ Penn

Leadership @ Penn helps senior leaders develop the skills and abilities needed to be a stand-out leader and carry out Penn's mission. Sessions focus on leadership skills that make a difference both inside and outside of the workplace, including thinking strategically, leading through change, building emotional intelligence, developing stronger relationships, exercising influence, and helping staff grow as professionals. The program includes a 360-degree assessment and five meetings with a professional coach.

Enrollment requires manager nomination. For more information, including cost, contact Talent Development at 215-898-3400.