David Berg Center // Education

At the David Berg Center for Ethics and Leadership, we have developed a strong portfolio of programs and activities that cut across our diverse array of students and corporate and community partners. We are a proud sponsor of certificate and fellowship programs for undergraduates in the College of Business Administration, MBA students in the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, and University of Pittsburgh faculty and staff in such areas as ethics, organizational leadership, and corporate social responsibility.

Undergraduate Programs

Undergraduate students in the College of Business Administration may participate in the Certificate Program in Leadership and Ethics (CPLE) as a supplement to the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree.

Graduate Programs

Certificate in Organization Leadership and Ethics (COLE)

Together with the University of Pittsburgh Office of Human Resources, the Berg Center offers the Certificate in Organization Leadership and Ethics (COLE), a series of eight workshops designed for supervisors and administrators who want to maximize their impact as ethical leaders within their units/departments or overall workplace. This workshop series combines knowledge, interactive discussion, and skill-building exercises to help participants learn the essentials of ethical leadership that include:

  • Mentoring and Leading Others
  • The Ethical Use of Power
  • Solving Problems and Ethical Dilemmas
  • Principles and Practices of Servant Leadership
  • Leadership and Effective Talent Development
  • Building Social Capital by Managing Relationships, Conflict, and Incivility in the Workplace
  • The Changing American Workplace: Rights, Responsibilities, and Challenges
  • Silence (Not Golden): Dissent and Consensus in the Workplace

Participants learn competencies that include skills for building and maintaining a responsible workplace, responsible use of power and authority, enhancing productive work team performance, and developing talent through the use of tools such as mentoring. COLE workshops can be taken in any sequence over a five-year period. Faculty and staff can take one or more of these workshops based on interest. To receive a certificate, individuals must complete six of the eight workshops over a maximum five-year period. This series is designed for faculty and staff who are supervisors or administrators, or those who have made the transition from technical or administrative positions into managerial career paths whereby effectively managing people is part of competency development and overall effectiveness.

Since the COLE program began in spring 2011, more than 1,800 faculty and staff have participated, with more than 200 receiving the Certificate of Completion. Participants include executive administrators, program directors, research administrators, student services administrators, and development officers. Participants come from a variety of University schools and departments, including health sciences, Institutional Advancement, business, arts and sciences, engineering, athletics, and Computing Services and Systems Development.

After employees receive the Certificate of Completion, additional networking and informal learning opportunities with prominent speakers are available, such as through the December Thought Leader Series and June Graduation Ceremony.

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There was a great spirit of cooperation and camaraderie amongst my fellow students. I keep in touch with a number of my fellow Katz classmates to this day and we all agree that our time at Katz had a significant impact on our lives and careers.

Scott Frenz

MBA '02

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MBA '17