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A shift in focus, a shift in perspective, a shift in leadership development.

SHIFT Happens.


Empathy. Critical thinking. Self-awareness. These aren’t just buzzwords around here, they’re key qualities of any great leader. SHIFT programming offers additional pathways to leadership success through exposure to the Arts. Good art asks questions. And it’s through inquiry that we learn more about ourselves and the world around us.

Here’s the SHIFT we have on offer:

Improv, design thinking, storytelling, metaphors, and more. What do these things have in common? They’re all topics that we’ll study in-depth in the Citrone Leadership Touchpoint Series. These workshops led by CMU faculty and local experts will expand your mind and help you see the world through another lens.

What if there were a way to develop important skills like critical thinking, cultural literacy, reflection, and empathy just by moving through a physical space? What if a walk down the hall could spark creativity and help us consider other modes of feeling? With Emergence, a rotating art installation, and a series of artist talks and visits to local museums, we do just that.

Studies have shown that one surefire way to build empathy is through the act of reading literary fiction, and it doesn’t hurt to build community along the way. With Tepper Reads we read a book together, attend meet-ups led by students and CMU English faculty, and meet the author when it’s all said and done. It sounds simple, but trust us, it’s revolutionary.

Keep your eyes open for SHIFT programming via emails from Accelerate, and on our Events page.