Equine Leadership Lessons
The Power of Persuasion without Force
In partnership with WorkHorse Team Building, students will understand the feedback they receive from from interacting with horses and learn to translate their awareness into action. Horses are large, expressive, and sensitive creatures that offer unique opportunities for experiential learning. The horses’ behavior challenges teams to reflect upon their own attitudes, emotions, body language, and boundaries, and highlight any incongruences that might exist. This nonjudgmental feedback from the horses provides an opening for individuals and teams to begin to experience themselves differently.
There is no horseback riding in this workshop. Students will interact with horses in an enclosed arena to accomplish team tasks. This workshop is free to all Wharton undergraduate students. Transportation, meals and instruction is included.
Kristen de Marco
President of WorkHorse
Educated at Villanova University in Communication Arts & Psychology, Kristen’s professional “first act” was in the fashion industry – working for small, medium, and global corporate companies. When she learned about how horses were partnering with people in new and innovative ways, she decided to put her lifetime of experience riding and training horses to work. She became certified in the Eagala Model as an Equine Specialist in 2011, and established WorkHorse soon-after. Over the years, she has designed and delivered innovative team experiences with horses around the globe. She is passionate about helping individuals, teams, and companies create sustainable growth and change back at work. In addition to her duties at WorkHorse, she is the Founder and Executive Director of a nonprofit organization, Gateway HorseWorks, which incorporates horses for mental health treatment of people.