Client Benefits

Organizations that engage PBC teams benefit from the knowledge and problem-solving skills of a dedicated team of MBA students. The project culminates with the Tepper Community Leadership Symposium. During the symposium clients will learn from Carnegie Mellon University faculty & staff, and build relationships with the University and other impact organizations. Organizations can be accepted to multiple projects simultaneously over several years.


Receive expert business knowledge from MBA students


Meet other impact organizations and learn from their best practices

Pro Bono

Free, four month engagement to solve critical strategic problems


Work with a diverse, cross-functional team of students


August - October

Client Application Open

November - December

Chosen Clients are assigned Project Teams

Letter of Engagement is drafted and signed

Initial research has begun

January - April

Project Launch

Midway Check-in to reevaluate and agree upon next steps (Late February)

Late April

Project Team presents final deliverable to client

PBC hosts Tepper Community Leadership Symposium to celebrate successful project cycle

Client Expectations


Willing to meet with your project team 1 - 2 hours per week during project life cycle


Organization is dedicated to improving the Greater Pittsburgh Area.


To best serve project goals, your team will need full access to organization's financials, strategic plans, and other relevant information.


Organizations are requested to have at least one representative at the annual Tepper Community Leadership Symposium.