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 Spring 2021 will open on Tuesday, January 26th  and close on Monday, February 1st at 11:59pm EST. P3 will be available to both MBA classes this spring!

The link to the application can be found here

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

The P3 Info Session will be held virtually on Wednesday, January 27th at 12pm EST! The event link will be posted on Wharton HQ shortly!

You can check out program details from the Fall 2020 Info Session Deck link below.

Important Dates

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

Week 1: Week of March 15
Week 2: Week of March 22
Week 3: Week of March 29
Week 4: Week of April 5
Week 5: Week of April 12
Week 6: Week of April 19

The time slots available for Spring 2021 are listed below (all times are in EST):

Tuesdays 6:30pm-9:00pm
Tuesdays 8:00pm-10:30pm
                                                                                                                       Wednesdays 6:3opm-9:00pm
Wednesdays 8:00pm-10:30pm
Saturdays 11:00am-1:30pm

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?