Pre-College Programs

The LEAD Program at Wharton

The Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Program at Wharton engages youth of diverse backgrounds in the world of business.

Founded at Wharton in 1980 by Harold Haskins and Bill Whitney, the three-week LEAD Program hosts 30 bright and accomplished students from across the nation on the University of Pennsylvania campus.

The 2018 LEAD Program at Wharton will be held July 8 – July 27, 2018.
The application is now open. Apply at

All classroom activities for the LEAD Program at Wharton are held in Jon M. Huntsman Hall, one of the most sophisticated, large-scale instructional centers of any educational institution in the world. Participants in the LEAD Program at Wharton:

  • Attend lectures by distinguished Wharton School faculty and visiting corporate executives.
  • Engage in challenging team-based assignments.
  • Visit corporations and institutions in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and New York City.

Corporate site visits allow students to apply their learning in the context of the business environment and to meet rising and senior executives. Recent corporate site visits include McNeil Consumer Healthcare, American Express, Morgan Stanley,  FCB, FDIC, Google, Sneaker Villa, Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and World Bank.

LEADers also participate in numerous social activities throughout the program, including concerts, cultural tours, a community service project, and team building programs. To view a recent LEAD Program at Wharton academic calendar, click here.

How to Apply

Applications for the LEAD Program are coordinated through the national offices of the LEAD Program in Business, Inc. and need-based financial aid is available. For information on how to apply to the LEAD Program, please call 215.261.7001 or visit


For general information, see
For information about the application process, call 215.261.7001.

Please note that participation in LEAD does not guarantee admission into Penn.

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