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 2019 will open on Wednesday, September 11th and close on Monday, September 16th at 11:59pm.

The link to the application can be found here


The P3 Fall 2019 Information Session will be held Thursday, September 12th at 12:00pm in JMHH F85. All 2nd Year MBAs are welcome to attend to learn more about P3!

Important Dates

Attendance at all sessions is required.

Week 1: October 14, 2019
Week 2: October 21, 2019
Week 3: October 28, 2019
Week 4: November 04, 2019
Week 5: November 11, 2019
Week 6: November 18, 2019

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?