Leadership Fellows

William P. Lauder Wharton Leadership Fellows provide every first-year student the opportunity to enhance their leadership potential through the development of practical tools and concrete strategies applicable in every area of their lives. In addition to coaching first years, Leadership Fellows also mentor, support, and facilitate the Learning Team formation process and serve as team process consultants throughout the first year.
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Responsibilities

  • Be part of a community of peers dedicated to personal and professional growth and leadership development
  • Increase your own level of self-awareness and receive feedback from peers, staff, and faculty
  • Define leadership development goals and track progress toward these goals
  • Participate in rigorous training focused on evaluation techniques and mentoring skills
  • Deliver an intensive learning experience to first years designed to build transferable skills that promote effective personal and team performance
  • Learn to effectively manage interpersonal relationships
  • Gain experience in team development, conflict resolution, and group facilitation

Time Commitments

The William P. Lauder Wharton Leadership Fellows program is an intensive 15-month leadership development and coaching role with specific time commitments. They support the Learning Team formation process through facilitation of the Learning Team Retreat, the Big Idea, and 360 feedback sessions. They also serve as TAs during MGMT 610 under direct guidance of the MGMT 610 faculty.

Commitment Details

Spring (1Y)

Leadership Fellows start the program with trainings every Friday starting mid-March through to the end of April.

Summer & Pre-Term (2Y)

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

Fall (2Y)

  • Conduct One-on-One Coaching Sessions with First Years
  • Consult with Learning Teams
  • Conduct MGMT610 Debrief Meetings with Learning Teams
  • Facilitate Learning Team 360 Process and Feedback Sessions
  • Attend Bi-weekly Morning Meetings
  • Participate in Leadership Fellow Community Events
  • Organize and Attend Cohort-level Events
  • Support Leadership Fellow Recruiting and Selection

Spring (2Y)

  • Conduct One-on-One Coaching Sessions with First Years
  • Support First Years through Leadership Development
  • Organize and Attend Cohort-level Events
  • Support Leadership Fellow Selection
  • Coach and Mentor Newly Selected Leadership Fellow Class
  • Attend Bi-weekly Morning Meetings
  • Participate in Leadership Fellow Community Events
  • Serve as Team Process Consultants for Club Leadership Teams

Application Process

Please check back in late fall of 2018 for details on how to apply to become part of the William P. Lauder Wharton Leadership Fellows Class of 2020.

Application

Request 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.

Essay Questions

  1. Why would you like to be a William P. Lauder Wharton Leadership Fellow? (max 500 words)
  2. What are your personal development goals for your time at Wharton? How do these goals align with your values or the MBA Program’s values? What have you done, and what do you plan to do to achieve these goals? (max 500 words)
  3. You have now spent a few months working in teams at Wharton. What has been the most challenging feedback you have received from a teammate (any teammate you have collaborated with)? Why was this feedback challenging for you, and what steps have you taken to act on it? (max 400 words)
  4. Reflect on your experience in the MBA Program to date and tell us about a contribution you have made to Wharton as a first-year student. Please consider all types of contributions, whether they be interpersonal, team-level, or school-wide. Why was this contribution significant, what motivated you to make it, and did it have the impact you hoped for? (max 400 words)
  5. What is your favorite non-fiction book, and why? (max 200 words)

William P. Lauder

William P. Lauder, W’83, is a member of the University of Pennsylvania Board of Trustees, the Lauder Institute Board of Governors, the Wharton Leadership Advisory Board, and a lecturer in the Wharton School. Mr. Lauder has committed $4 million to endow the William P. Lauder Wharton Leadership Fellows Program.

Contact

Lynn KrageDirector
lkrage@wharton.upenn.edu