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  Weekly Topics

Week 1 – Defining Success

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

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

Week 4 – Living Purposefully: Inspiration, Meaning Energies

Week 5 – Leadership Vision & Commitments to Personal Values and Principles


P3 will be available Fall 2024 semester to WEMBA 49 & 50 classes.


Dates for the Fall 2024 P3 Info Sessions and Facilitation Training will be announced over the summer.

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.

Below are sample time slots and days of when P3 groups could meet. During open enrollment you will select your preferred time slot.


  • 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?