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

WEMBA P3 Schedule & Weekly Topics

Week of Oct 16: Week 1 – Defining Success

Week of Oct 23: Week 2 – Happiness – What is it Really? And How Does It Fit Into Your Overall Success? 

Week of Oct 30: Week 3 Resilience: Dealing with Failure, Loss, Setbacks and Disappointments 

Week of Nov 6: Week 4 – Living Purposefully: Inspiration, Meaning Energies

Week of Nov 13: Week 5 – Leadership Vision & Commitments to Personal Values and Principles


P3 will be available to WEMBA 48 & 49 classes.


P3 WEMBA Info Session will be held virtually via Zoom on Tuesday, September 26th at 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PC.

We will also be hosting a virtual P3 facilitation training for all participants on Tuesday, October 3rd at 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PC.

Attendance at the Info Session is not required to participate. 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.

P3 groups will have the option to meet on the following days:


Below are time slots offered for Fall 2023

  • 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
  • 7:00pm – 9:30pm
  • 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?