Corporate Partnerships: Pittsburgh Penguins

Mario Lemieux put the turkey on the table for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

His will to compete, his desire to get back on the ice after injuries and illnesses, set the tone for a foundational culture of doing whatever it takes to lead and to win.

Organized sustainable training for an employee workforce really helps to grow a company at a much higher rate than any other kind of development.

Terry Kalna, Sr. VP, Sales and Broadcasting, Pittsburgh Penguins

As Official Higher Education Partner of the Pittsburgh Penguins, RMU provides leadership development workshops for selected cohorts of new and aspiring managers. Each session is taught by a professor of organizational leadership at the new RMU Conference Center at PPG Paints Arena.

Penguins executives worked with RMU to create a customized program addressing their needs. After each cohort finished their session, the Penguins took feedback from them and from RMU to tailor the next program. Three successive cohorts have gone through the full program.

The Pittsburgh Penguins invest in their employees. They truly care about your growth, your development within the organization, setting you up for success.

Matt Dentinger, Manager of Partnership Marketing


  • organizational behavior
  • effective facilitation
  • meeting design
  • leader self-assessment

The Penguins also offer educational and professional opportunities to RMU students, including dedicated internship positions. It’s part of a long relationship between the city’s beloved NHL franchise and the region’s only NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey teams. The Penguins and RMU teamed up to host the NCAA Frozen Four in 2013 and will do so again in 2021.

Getting feedback from both Robert Morris and our staff after each cohort, we were able to fine-tune our leadership program so that it meets the needs of our employees.

Tracey McCants Lewis, Deputy General Counsel and Director of Human Resources