Bud Bilanich, EdD


Affiliate Professor

Bud Bilanich, EdD, is a Daniels College of Business faculty member who teaches courses in leadership, strategy and organizational behavior. Also, he is an executive coach, organization effectiveness consultant, motivational speaker, bestselling author, and influential blogger. His coaching and consulting work centers on culture creation, executive team development, post-merger integration, cross function team facilitation, and frontline leader training and development.

He is the author of more than 15 books on leadership and career success. His best-known books are Straight Talk for Success, Climbing the Corporate Ladder, Your Success GPS, 42 Rules to Jumpstart Your Professional Success, 4 Secrets of High Performing Organizations, Fixing Performance Problems and the Success Tweets series. 

Bud has edited two books written by Daniels PMBA students: A Guide to Humans by Humans and Leadership Tweets: 150 Bits of Common-Sense Leadership Advice, All in 140 Characters or Less.

He has worked with executives and high potential individuals in some of the world’s largest companies. His clients include Pfizer, Merck, GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson and Johnson, Abbot Laboratories, Bristol-Myers Squibb, PepsiCo, AT&T, Chase Manhattan Bank, Citigroup, General Motors, UBS, AXA Advisors, Cabot Corporation, The Aetna, PECO Energy, Olin Corporation, Minerals Technologies, The Boys and Girls Clubs of America and several small, family owned businesses.

Bud Bilanich received an EdD (Doctor of Education) with a concentration in organizational behavior and intervention from Harvard University, an M.A. in organizational and interpersonal communication from the University of Colorado and a B.S. from the College of Health and Human Development at Penn State.

Bud is a cancer survivor, a retired rugby player, a cyclist and a Pittsburgh Steelers football fan. He enjoys independent film, live theatre and crime fiction.