Leadership Ventures

Please find the slide deck from the September 2023 info session here

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.

All applications are submitted through Terra Dotta. The application cycles run in September (for fall intensives and all expeditions) and February (for spring intensives).

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

There are two types of Leadership Ventures: Expeditions and Intensives.

2023-24 Venture Portfolio


Expeditions are outdoor, experiential learning treks that provide genuine environments of uncertainty and challenge. Expeditions generally range from 6 to 8 day overnight trips and can be high in physical intensity.Save

The calendar of Undergraduate WLV Expeditions for 2023-24 is as follows:

Cerro Castillo, PatagoniaCerro Castillo, ChileWinter BreakBackcountry backpacking, route finding, river crossing, horseback riding, and tent camping
Highlands Traverse, EcuadorCotopaxi National Park, EcuadorSpring BreakHigh altitude backpacking, navigation, tent camping


Intensives are consolidated and immersive group based experiences ranging from 1-2 days. They provide genuine environments of uncertainty and challenge.

With a minimal time commitment and cost, intensives, are an ideal way to add to your leadership portfolio as an undergraduate at Wharton.  Some opportunities gained by attending an intensive include:

  • Potential for self-discovery and character building
  • Testing your personal leadership style and building on your strengths through feedback
  • Enhancing management skills and team performance by increasing knowledge and skills that govern small group behavior dynamics

The calendar of Undergraduate WLV Intensives for 2023-24 is as follows:

Team SailingAnnapolis, MDFall & SpringSailing Skills, Leadership, Communication
Gunks Traverse Mountain BikingMohonk Preserve, NYFall & SpringMountain Biking, Team Cohesion, Decision Making, Navigation
High Ropes Challenge CoursePhiladelphia, PAFall & SpringHigh Ropes, Leadership & Reaction, Team Building, Communication
VentureHeavy Pack12+ Hour DayAltitudeIrregular SleepSea SicknessCold WeatherLong Trek
Cerro Castillo, PatagoniaXXXX
Highlands Traverse, EcuadorXXXX

Financial Aid

Financial Assistance

2023-2024 SUBSIDY

Through the generosity of the McNulty Leadership Program, a subsidy has been applied to all undergraduate leadership intensives. The cost to students to participate on intensives is $30 and covers the cost of the venture including meals and transportation.

Any student with financial hardship and cannot pay the $30 fee may reach out to Associate Director, Erica Montemayor emont@wharton.upenn.edu

WLV Undergraduate Ventures

WLV Undergraduate Intensives

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.



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