Leadership Fellows Application

The William P. Lauder Wharton Leadership Fellows program is an intensive 16-month leadership development and coaching role with specific time commitments. During the required first-year Pre-term, Leadership Fellows play a critical role in the Learning Team formation process. They deliver the Learning Team Experience and Team Innovation Project, serve as Teaching Assistants for MGMT 610 under faculty direction, and facilitate 360 feedback sessions. Fellows also establish 1:1 mentoring and support relationships with each member of their Learning Teams.

Leadership Fellows then serve as team process consultants and stewards of both individual and cohort development throughout the regular academic year. As peer coaches, the Fellows direct regular reflection, goal-setting and accountability touchpoints across the first year experience. Biweekly LF meetings enable continued learning on topics relevant to first-year concerns and assist with coordination among LF Committees. Leadership Fellows are essential in recruiting the next class of Fellows, thus cultivating their promotion, interviewing and onboarding capabilities. By their development of first-year students and teams, Leadership Fellows gain experience with practical leadership tools that will be applicable in every area of their lives after Wharton.

Fellowship Commitments

Spring (1Y)

  • Starting mid-March through to the end of April, all-day trainings every Friday and 1-2 Saturdays
  • Attend one meeting with current Leadership Fellows to facilitate knowledge transfer (LFs need not regularly attend  meetings until their second-year)
  • Depending on scheduling, first-year LFs may also be invited to the Spring Symposium with William P. Lauder

Summer & Pre-Term (2Y)

  • Remain in Contact and Communication with the Program
  • Form Quads and First Year Cohort Assignments
  • Return to campus in early August for Pre-Term Facilitation Training
  • Support the Delivery of the Learning Team Experience and Team Innovation Project
  • Serve as Teaching Assistants during MGMT 610
  • Conduct One-on-One Coaching Sessions with First Years
  • Define Leadership Fellow Community Vision

Fall (2Y)

  • Conduct MGMT610 Debrief Meetings with Learning Teams
  • Conduct One-on-One Coaching Sessions with First Years
  • Facilitate Learning Team 360 Process and Feedback Sessions
  • Attend Regularly Scheduled Meetings
  • Attend Leadership Fellows Fall Symposium with William P. Lauder
  • Establish Objectives and Plans for LF Committees
  • Participate in LF Community Events
  • Leadership Fellow Recruiting

Spring (2Y)

  • Leadership Fellow Recruiting (Interviews and Onboarding)
  • Conduct One-on-One Coaching Sessions with First Years
  • Organize and Lead Cohort-level Leadership Development Skill Building Sessions
  • Attend Bi-weekly Meetings
  • Attend Leadership Fellows Spring Symposium with William P. Lauder
  • Execute on LF Committee Activities
  • Participate in Leadership Fellow Community Events

Application Process

The process to become part of the William P. Lauder Wharton Leadership Fellows Class of 2023 involves 3 stages including online application, virtual interviews and virtual team-based activities. Information sessions will be held over lunch in early December with current Leadership Fellows available for questions. The online application will open on Monday, December 6 and the deadline is Monday, January 3 (during Winter Break) so students should plan their submission timing accordingly. Candidates must be available for interviews during one evening between January 24-26. The final round will be held during two days in the evening of either February 7 and 8, or February 8 and 9 (final dates are TBD, and candidates will pick one date).

Application Details

Sample Essay Questions (Maximum 500 Words unless Otherwise Noted)
  • Why would you like to be a Leadership Fellow? What would you give to the role and what would you take from the role?
  • Describe one key concept from MGMT610 (other than raising the white flag) and how you have applied it at Wharton since taking the class?
  • What is the most challenging feedback you have received from a teammate (can be but not necessarily a Learning Teammate) during your MBA experience so far? Why was this feedback challenging for you and what steps have you taken to act on the feedback?
  • In what ways do you envision being engaged with your 1Ys as individuals, as learning teams and as a cohort?
  • Please list your top 5-10 priorities for your second year at Wharton.
Recommendations from Wharton Peers

Secure two recommendations from peers within the Wharton community who have had the opportunity to witness your leadership. These recommenders should not be William P. Lauder Wharton Leadership Fellows or members of the Management 610 Faculty. After completing this form in the online application, your recommenders will get a system-generated email requesting feedback on you. Peer Recommendations must be returned by the application deadline. Please provide ample time for your recommenders to complete this form.


Gwendolyn McDay, Director of Leadership Learning & Development

Amelia Kaselaan, Program Manager