Professional & Organizational Development

Welcome to Professional & Organizational Development

Welcome to Professional & Organizational Development

Extending the expertise of Penn Arts and Sciences to you and your workplace

Penn’s Professional and Organizational Development delivers dynamic, applied non-credit programming 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 and open enrollment programming 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
  • Front- and back-end coding

These timely topics are all delivered in collaboration with Penn’s renowned faculty in the School of Arts and Sciences. Our flexible non-degree programming 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, builds stronger teams and energizes company performance.

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Customizable programming

Our Professional and Organizational Development team collaborates across the University to help create custom online, in-person and hybrid non-credit programming that fuse the humanities, applied sciences and business. Our experts meet with your organization to assess its unique needs. From there, we work with you to craft courses, workshops, lectures and instruction from our robust portfolio of disciplines.

How we do it

Professional and Organizational Development offers customized development programming that builds upon your company’s goals and strategy. We focus on tools and frameworks that become embedded into your culture.

Our four-step, customer-focused 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?

Open enrollment portfolio

We’ve generated innovative non-degree programming that brings our Ivy League experts to individuals and organizations across the globe. Explore our diverse online and on-campus offerings that can help you and your team gain new skills and enhance workplace performance.

If you are interested in building out a custom program for your organization based on our open enrollment portfolio, please contact us.

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.

Topics Include:

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

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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.

Topics include:

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

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Web development is one of the fastest growing careers in today’s economy with a projected 27 percent growth rate by 2024.* Penn LPS Coding Boot Camp, in collaboration with Trilogy Education Services, was designed to help participants develop the skills and professional network needed to respond to this demand. Classes are held fully online or in-person at Pennovation on the University of Pennsylvania’s campus. Participants learn front- and back-end technologies to become proficient full stack developers and receive a wide range of career planning assistance, access to a network of Coding Boot Camp hiring partners and opportunities for internships. We also offer the opportunity to participate in hands-on learning activities with employers—experiences that often lead to full-time employment.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics

Topics include:

  • HTML5
  • CSS3
  • JavaScript
  • jQuery
  • Java
  • Bootstrap
  • Express.js
  • React.js
  • Node.js
  • Database Theory
  • Bookshelf.js
  • MongoDB
  • MySQL
  • Command Line
  • Git

Get more information on the Boot Camp website about curriculum, start dates and enrollment >

Big data needs big protection. As computer networks grow, so too does the quantity of vulnerable information. The Penn Cybersecurity Boot Camp in collaboration with Trilogy Education Services, is a challenging, part-time program that takes a multidisciplinary approach to attain proficiency in IT, networking, and modern information security, throughout the course of 24 intensive weeks. Our curriculum is designed to give you both the knowledge you need to move toward the cybersecurity industry and ample experience applying that knowledge to real-world problems.

Throughout the program, you will learn tools and technologies vetted by current practitioners, and learn skills applicable to certifications expected of all serious security professionals. At Penn Cybersecurity Boot Camp, participants get hands-on training in networking, systems, web technologies, databases, and defensive and offensive cybersecurity. You will also learn methods, techniques, and best practices for accurately conveying the severity of the risks facing an organization’s security posture.

  • Gain experience with a host of popular tools such as Wireshark, Kali Linux, Metasploit, Nessus, and more.
  • Learn skills applicable to certifications such as the CompTIA Security+ and Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH).
  • Advance your skillset even if you’re currently employed or in school through a convenient evening and weekend schedule.
  • Benefit from a comprehensive set of career services to help equip you for success as you work to change career paths or advance in your current position.

Get more information on the Penn Cybersecurity Boot Camp website about curriculum, start dates, and enrollment >

Penn Resilience Program

Free and online: Resilience Skills course

We all face unprecedented challenges and change as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. To support you in this time of uncertainty, the University of Pennsylvania is sharing a free and unique version of Dr. Karen Reivich’s Resilience Skills course from the Foundations of Positive Psychology specialization on Coursera.

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Spotlight on: Penn Resilience Program

The Penn Resilience Program, developed by Dr. Karen Reivich of the Penn Positive Psychology Center, is evidence-based programming that can build resilience, happiness and well-being. This program equips you and your team 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.

Our Professional and Organizational Development team can help tailor a resilience workshop, class or programming 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 resilience program for your organization, please contact us.

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 US.

The Penn Difference


Professional and 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 programming:


Executive Director, Professional and Organizational Development
Associate Director, Professional and Organizational Development
Senior Lecturer, Political Science and Liberal and Professional Studies
Program Coordinator, Professional and Organizational Development

Professional & Organizational Development

3440 Market Street, Suite 450
Philadelphia, PA 19104
PHONE: (215) 746-8100

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