P3: Purpose, Passion and Principles


A unique collaboration among Wharton students,
McNulty Leadership Program staff, and Professor G. Richard Shell

P3 is a six-week program designed to provide a structured way for students to gain a deeper understanding of their own definitions of success and happiness and how these relate to their professional and personal goals. Students begin by reading Springboard, and throughout the course of their curriculum, will review TedTalks, podcasts, new readings relevant to the theme of the week.

students have participated since Fall 2013
participants received additional training to serve as P3 group facilitators


The P3 Participant Application for Fall 2022 will open on Monday, September 19th  and close on Sunday, September 25th  at 11:59pm ET. P3 will be available to the MBA Class of 2023. The MBA Class of 2024 can apply starting in the spring semester.

The link to the application can be found here

(Yes, it is the platform as the Wharton application!)

The P3 Info Session - Tuesday, September 20th.

Program details from the Fall 2022 Info Session recording can be accessed here.

Important Dates

If accepted into the P3 Program, you will meet at the same time slot each week for 6 weeks. Attendance at all sessions is required. 

Week 1: Week of October 24
Week 2: Week of October 31
Week 3: Week of November 7
Week 4: Week of November 14
Week 5: Week of November 28
Week 6: Week of December 5

The time slots available for Fall 2022 are listed below (all times are in ET):

Tuesdays: 7:00pm-9:30pm

Tuesdays: 8:00pm-10:30pm

Wednesdays: 7:00pm-9:30pm

Wednesdays: 8:00pm-10:30pm

Students will be guided through a curriculum that will include both structured group discussion and exercises. The work of P3 will be broken into two distinct parts and topics for discussion include but are not limited to: defining success, happiness vs. achievement, capabilities and confidence, and leading a full life. Students address the following types of questions:

How will I lead a meaningful life?

How can I be more purposeful in my leadership?

What do I really want to do with my life?

How have my successes, failures, family, and friends shaped who I am today and my decisions?

What does it take for me to be the person I want to be?

What the difference between happiness and fulfillment for me?