Learning Team Experience
MBA students are first introduced to their Learning Teams through the Learning Team Experience, which takes place over the course of two days during Pre-Term. The Learning Team is an intensive learning experience designed to build transferable skills that promote effective personal and team performance. Attendance on both days of the retreat is a mandatory part of the MBA program.
The primary goals of the Learning Team Retreat are:
- Meet your Learning Team and begin the process of team formation: Your Learning Team consists of five to six (including yourself) classmates from within your Cohort. You’ll work closely with your team throughout the Fall Semester for your core courses to gain hands-on experience in a process for progressing from a group to a team.
- Meet your Leadership Fellow: Leadership Fellows (LFs) are second-year MBA students who mentor, support, and facilitate the Learning Team formation process and serve as team process consultants throughout the first year. Each team is assigned an LF who facilitates and guides the teams through the Retreat and the Big Idea, helping students to understand how individual and team performance resides in action rather than position. LFs also serve as TAs during Management 6100: Foundations of Teamwork and Leadership. Beyond Pre-Term, LFs provide first year students the opportunity to enhance their leadership potential through the development of practical tools and concrete strategies applicable in every area of their lives.
- Have fun: Get to know your classmates in a fun and relaxed environment! Working with your Learning Team can be on of your most important and memorable experiences during your time at Wharton.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What are some of the retreat activities? The retreat is primarily designed for you to launch your team; therefore, most activities will be team-based, including team-building exercises. The purpose of these activities is to begin to get to know your teammates, further define your approach to your team, and build a foundation to work effectively together.
Is the retreat similar to corporate retreats? If you have attended a management development program in the past, you may find some of the team exercises familiar, but unlike these programs you are now working with your peers in a leaderless group. Exercises are designed to help your Learning Team get to know one another, have fun, and successfully begin your Wharton experience.