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 2020 will open on Thursday, January 3oth and close on Monday, February 3rd at 11:59pm EST.

The link to the application can be found here

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


Check out the program details in the Spring 2020 Info Session Deck link below!

Important Dates

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

Week 1: March 16, 2020
Week 2: March 23, 2020
Week 3: March 30, 2020
Week 4: April 6, 2020
Week 5: April 13, 2020
Week 6: April 20, 2020

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?