MBA Venture

 MBA Leadership Ventures

Leadership Ventures are experiences that facilitate self-discovery, leadership, and character development. Participants are able to step out of their comfort zone, exceed personal limitations, and experience leadership firsthand. There are two types of Leadership Ventures: Expeditions and Intensives.

The Behrman Scholarship Program and its partner program the Behrman Fellowship Program increase access for Wharton MBA students to leadership development opportunities. Scholarships for the Leadership Ventures are awarded annually for expedition-based Ventures. Available funding from the Behrman Scholarship Scholarship Program provides a subsidy to offset the trip fees. There is one scholarship seat per expedition. Eligibility is determined through the MBA Financial Aid Office.


Registration and Dates


REGISTRATION – all registration occurs via Course Match.
Expeditions: All expedition registration will happen at once, in September and all participants will be notified by October. There will be an Information Session held in September for ALL ventures which will provide additional information – expeditions vs. intensives and what is involved in each.

Intensives: Registration for an intensive will occur via CourseMatch during the same run as Expeditions. All students will be emailed with a registration link. Students will be notified by their Venture Fellow if they have been selected. Participant lists are randomly selected.


Expeditions are outdoor, experiential based treks that provide genuine environments of uncertainty and challenge. Expeditions range from six to 14 day overnight trips and tend to be high in physical intensity.Save

Antarctica TrekkingWinter BreakBackpacking, Mountaineering, Glacier Travel, Winter Tent Camping
Atacama DesertSpring BreakMulti-disciplinary, Backpacking, Rock Climbing, Mountain Biking, Summit Attempt
Andes MountaineeringWinter BreakHigh-altitude Mountaineering, Backpacking,Glacier/Snow Travel
Isle NavarinoWinter BreakMulti-disciplinary, Backcountry Trekking
Patagonia TrekkingSpring BreakBackcountry Trekking, Raft-building
Tall Ships SailingWinter BreakDeep Ocean Sailing
Utah CanyoneeringSpring BreakBackcountry Trekking, Canyoneering
Small Crew SailingSpring BreakCaribbean Ocean Sailing


Intensives are consolidated and immersive group based experiences ranging from 1-3 days and provide genuine environments of uncertainty and challenge.

FDNY IntensiveNovember 2, 2019Firefighting Simulation
Quantico Military IntensiveNovember 21st-November 22nd, 2019 and March 26-27, 2020Military Simulation, Ropes Course, Combat Course

More Venture Resources

Financial Aid

There is one scholarship seat per expedition. Eligibility is determined through the MBA Financial Aid Office.

Policies and FAQs

In the CourseMatch system, students should input their true preferences for all ventures. There is no limit to the number of ventures that a student can select. For more information on Enrollment Policies, click here.

We are here to help.

We encourage you to speak to any Venture Fellow or Associate Director Jules Roy.


Apply for a Fellowship

Venture Fellows are selected in March of your first year to serve in your second year. Go to the Venture Fellows page for more information. Prior participation in a Wharton Leadership Venture is not necessary.