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 three types of Leadership Ventures: Expeditions, Intensives and Workshops.
All Wharton students accepted as participants on an expedition can apply for a scholarship and receive up to the full land cost of the venture (selected based on financial need). Applicants should indicate whether they would like to be considered for a Scholarship.


Registration and Dates

2017 Fall Information Session Presentation

REGISTRATION – all registration occurs via Course Match.
Expeditions: All expedition registration will happen at once, in September 2017 and all participants will be notified by October 2017. There will be an Information Session held in September 2017 for ALL ventures which will provide additional information – expeditions vs. intensives vs. workshops and what is involved in each.

Intensives or Workshops: Registration for an intensive or a workshop will occur via CourseMatch during the same run of Exepditions. All students will be emailed with a registration link. One week prior to the intensive or workshop, students will be notified that 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 TrekkingDec. 27, 2017-Jan. 4, 2018Backpacking, Mountaineering, Glacier Travel, Winter Tent Camping
Atacama DesertMarc. 3 - 10, 2018Multi-disciplinary, Backpacking, Rock Climbing, Mountain Biking, Summit Attempt
Andes MountaineeringDec. 29, 2017 - Jan. 5, 2018 OR Mar. 3-10, 2018High-altitude Mountaineering, Backpacking,Glacier/Snow Travel
New Zealand Coast to Coast Venture (NZC2C)Dec. 29, 2017 - Jan. 6, 2018Multi-disciplinary, Backpacking, Mountain Biking, Whitewater Rafting
New Zealand Southern Lakes Traverse Venture (SLT)Dec. 29, 2017 - Jan. 6, 2018Multi-disciplinary, Backpacking, Mountain Biking, Kayaking
Patagonia TrekkingMar. 3-10, 2018Backcountry Trekking, Raft-building
Tall Ships SailingDec. 29, 2017 - Jan. 7, 2018Deep Ocean Sailing
Utah CanyoneeringMarch 3-10, 2018Backcountry Trekking, Canyoneering, Rappelling
Small Crew SailingMarch 3-10, 2018Caribbean Ocean Sailing


Intensives are outdoor, experiential based treks that provide genuine environments of uncertainty and challenge. Intensives range from one-two days and tend to be low-medium in physical intensity.

FDNY IntensiveFall 2017 and Spring 2018Firefighting Simulation
Quantico Military IntensiveFall 2017 and Spring 2018Military Simulation, Ropes Course, Combat Course


Leadership Development Workshops are a set of free active leadership learning opportunities. Workshops focus on one- to three-day programs that highlight alternative leadership education methodologies or specific topics. With a minimal time commitment and no cost, they are an ideal way to add to your leadership portfolio while at Wharton.

Conflict and You: The Power of AikidoOctober 2017Centering, Listening, Managing Emotions, Increase presence under pressure
Finding a More Authentic SelfNovember 2017Storytelling, Using Creativity to Succeed
game on: Communication, Leadership, ConfidenceOctober 2017Communication Clarity, Collaboration, Self-awareness
Gathering Intelligence Through ConversationNovember 2017Negotiation Tactics, Build Rapport, Communication Skills, Emotional Intelligence
Leadership PresenceOctober 2017Stage Presence, Collaboration, Expressiveness, Creativity, Listening
Leader as StorytellerOctober 2017Narration, Dialogue, Business Storytelling
Leadership Lessons from the U.S. Civil War Gettysburg BattleSeptember 2017Decision-making, Teamwork, Leadership Strategy

More Venture Resources

Financial Aid

Scholarships for the Leadership Ventures are awarded annually for expedition-based Ventures. Only initial Course Match registrants will be eligible for the Scholarship.

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, Associate Director Jules Roy or Director Preston Cline.


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.