P3: Purpose, Passion, and Principles


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

P3 is a set of five small-group conversations that provide a deep dive into the topics of happiness and success. You will explore your definitions of personal satisfaction and achievement, delve into how your past has shaped these aspirations, and examine opportunities to link day-to-day decision-making and behaviors with your identification of what is authentically fulfilling.

As a takeaway from the P3 program, you will capture a set of 3-5 principles to carry with you during the remainder of your Wharton experience and beyond. If one of your MBA intentions was to take stock of where you’ve been and illuminate for yourself an intentional path forward, P3 can hold that space and connect you with a community for accountability and reflection!

MBA P3 Schedule & Weekly Topics

Week of Mar 11: Week 1 – Defining Success

Week of Mar 18: Week 2 – Happiness – What is it Really? And How Does It Fit Into Your Overall Success? 

Week of Mar 25: Week 3 Resilience: Dealing with Failure, Loss, Setbacks and Disappointments 

Week of April 1: Week 4 – Living Purposefully: Inspiration, Meaning Energies

Week of April 8: Week 5 – Leadership Vision & Commitments to Personal Values and Principles

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


P3 Enrollment for Spring 2024 is now OPEN from January 29th and closes on midnight (11:59PM ET) on February 14th .


P3 is available to Full time MBA students (WG’24 & WG’25) for the Spring semester!

Join us for a P3 Information Session on January 29th at 8:00 PM (ET) via Zoom. Attendance  at the Info. Session is strongly recommended but is not required to participate. Register for the event here!

We will also be hosting an in-person P3 facilitation training for all participants on Thursday, February 22nd at 12:00PM ET. We encourage you to come and learn about helpful facilitation tactics and active listening skills that will be useful when holding space for your group members to share their reflections and stories during P3.

Important Dates

P3 Program requires 100% commitment! You will meet at the same time slot each week for 5 weeks. Attendance at all sessions is required.

Spring P3 groups will meet weekly during the following time slots. During open enrollment you will select your preferred day of the week.

  • 7:30pm – 10:00pm (ET)

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?