Undergraduate Leadership Ventures

Undergraduate Ventures Updates



How WLV Facilitates Leadership:

Leadership Ventures are experiences that facilitate self-discovery, leadership, and character development. Participants are able to step out of their comfort zone, exceed personal limitations, and experience leadership firsthand.  WLV programs provide a set of engaged, hands-on experiences for exploring and mastering the capabilities for effective individual and team leadership in business and beyond. Leadership Ventures that are offered consist of:


Intensives are consolidated and immersive group based experiences ranging from 1 – 2 days.


Expeditions are outdoor, experiential programs that span the globe and range from 6 – 10 days.  Expeditions tend to be high in physical intensity.

The defining characteristics of a Venture include:

  • Limited distractions
  • Immersion event — limited opportunities to quit or exit
  • Critical decision-making — the outcome is dependent on the decisions of the leader of the day and the team
  • Authentic uncertainty —path/process to goal or outcome is not guaranteed, risk of failure is inherent
  • Opportunities of stress — from ambiguity, risk of failure, conflict, and unfamiliar roles and responsibilities
  • Expedition and goal-oriented with many opportunities for reflection


2022 – 2023 Registration and Dates

REGISTRATION – all registration occurs via Terra Dotta

VENTURE ENROLLMENT TIMELINE (intensives & expeditions):

  • OPEN on 9/6/22
  • CLOSES at NOON on 9/21/22
  • Results Published: beginning 9/23/22

Expedition Payment Deadline: TBD in October

SCHOLARSHIPS – Students can apply for a scholarship seat on this year’s expedition (Patagonia Leadership Expedition) by first filling out the Scholarship Interest Form. All students will be vetted by the Financial Aid Office to be verify eligibility to receive a scholarship. All vetted scholarship candidates will be selected via lottery.

Please note the following in order to apply prior to applying:

  • Scholarship Interest Form will go live on 9/6 (link to apply will be posted here)
  • Scholarship Interest Form closes on 9/13
  • Students will be notified if they received a scholarship (or not) on 9/16

Intensives & Expeditions: All intensive and expedition registration will happen at once in early September and all participants & waitlisted students will be notified by the end of September. Participant lists are randomly selected.

Fall Info Session: Be sure to attend our information session on 9/7 from 7-8pm in JMHH G65 to learn about our expeditions & intensives and what is involved in each!

WLV Undergraduate Ventures

WLV Undergraduate Intensives

To view the slides from the September 7, 2022, info session, please click here


Expeditions are outdoor, experiential programs that provide genuine environments of uncertainty and challenge. Expeditions range from 6 – 10 day overnight trips and tend to be high in physical intensity.Save

Patagonia TrekkingWinter BreakBackpacking, Decision Making, Leadership, Team Dynamics


Intensives are consolidated and immersive group based experiences ranging from 1-3 days and provide genuine environments of uncertainty and challenge.

Gunks Ridge Traverse: Mountain Bike NavigationFall and SpringMountain Biking, Navigation, Team Building, Decision-Making, Collaboration, Team Dynamics
Leadership in the Sky: High Ropes Challenge CourseFall and SpringTeam Building, High Ropes Course, Leadership Strategy, Communication, Rapport Building
Leadership at Sea: Team SailingFall and SpringTeam Sailing, Feedback, Communication, Decision-Making, Team Dynamics

More Venture Resources

Financial Aid

Scholarships for the Leadership Ventures are awarded annually for expedition-based Ventures. Only initial Terra Dotta registrants will be eligible for the Scholarship.

Policies and FAQs

In the Terra Dotta registration system, students should input their true preferences for all ventures.

We are here to help.

We encourage you to speak to any Venture Fellow or Associate Director Erica Montemayor.


Apply for a Fellowship

Venture Fellows are comprised of Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors who serve as student leaders on expeditions and intensives.  Prior participation in a Wharton Leadership Venture is not necessary to become a fellow.