Undergraduate Leadership Ventures

How WLV Teaches 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. There are three types of Leadership Ventures.


One day workshops are targeted towards the development of specific leadership skills and competencies. Workshops are local and at no cost.


Intensives range from one-two days and tend to be low-medium in physical intensity. Intensives are within driving distance of Wharton and at no cost.


Expeditions range from 7-10 day overnight trips and tend to be high in physical intensity. Expeditions span the globe and are at a subsidized cost by McNulty Leadership Program. Prices vary dependent on location and activities. Scholarships are limited and are based on financial need to cover the land cost of the expedition.

Expeditions are outdoor, experiential-based treks that provide genuine environments of uncertainty and challenge. Their defining characteristics 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


Registration and Dates

2017 Fall Information Session Presentation

REGISTRATION – all registration occurs via Course Match.
Expeditions: All expedition registration will happen at once, in September and all participants will be notified by October. There will be an Information Session held in September for ALL ventures which will provide additional information – expeditions vs. intensives vs. workshops and what is involved in each.

Intensives or Workshops: Registration for an intensive or a workshop will occur via CourseMatch during the same run of Exepditions. All students will be emailed with a registration link. One week prior to the intensive or workshop, students will be notified that they have been selected. Participant lists are randomly selected.


Expeditions are outdoor, experiential based treks that provide genuine environments of uncertainty and challenge. Expeditions range from six to 14 day overnight trips and tend to be high in physical intensity.Save

Antarctica TrekkingDec. 27, 2017-Jan. 4, 2018Backpacking, Mountaineering, Glacier Travel, Winter Tent Camping
Patagonia TrekkingDec. 27, 2017 - Jan. 4, 2018Backcountry Trekking, Natural Horsemanship
Utah CanyoneeringMarch 3-10, 2018Backcountry Trekking, Canyoneering
Caribbean Small Crew SailingMarch 3-10, 2018Caribbean Ocean Sailing


Intensives are outdoor, experiential based treks that provide genuine environments of uncertainty and challenge. Intensives range from one-two days and tend to be low-medium in physical intensity.

FDNY IntensiveFall 2017 and Spring 2018Mountain Biking, Navigation, Team Building
Quantico Military IntensiveFall 2017 and Spring 2018Team Building, High Ropes Course
SailingFall 2018 and Spring 2019Team Sailing
Outdoor Rock ClimbingFall 2018 and Spring 2019Rock Climbing


Leadership Development Workshops are a set of free active leadership learning opportunities. Workshops focus on one- to three-day programs that highlight alternative leadership education methodologies or specific topics. With a minimal time commitment and no cost, they are an ideal way to add to your leadership portfolio while at Wharton.

Artistry in Action: GlassblowingOctober 2017Communication Clarity, Collaboration, Creativity, Focus
Equine TeambuildingNovember 2017Self-awareness, Collaboration, Teamwork, Emotional Intelligence
Trauma SystemsOctober 2017Teamwork, Leadership Strategy, Decision-Making, Team Dynamics, Feedback
Leadership at the Big Top: Circus ArtsNovember 2017Communication, Teamwork, Trust & Rapport Building
Leadership PresenceOctober 2017Stage Presence, Collaboration, Expressiveness, Creativity, Listening
Marine LeadershipOctober 2017Leadership Strategy, Teamwork, Tenacity

More Venture Resources

Financial Aid

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

Policies and FAQs

In the CourseMatch system, students should input their true preferences for all ventures. There is no limit to the number of ventures that a student can select. For more information on Enrollment Policies, click here.

We are here to help.

We encourage you to speak to any Venture Fellow, Associate Director Jules Roy or Director Preston Cline.


Apply for a Fellowship

Venture Fellows are selected in March of your first year to serve in your second year. Go to the Venture Fellows page for more information. Prior participation in a Wharton Leadership Venture is not necessary.