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Leadership Expedition


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Patagonia is a frontier of campos (ranches) hidden in isolated mountain valleys and surrounded by ragged icy peaks, brawling rivers and cathedral-like fjords. The hallmarks of traveling in this landscape are exploration, remoteness and a tough climate–the weather in this part of the world is often unpredictable. However, these conditions help nurture forethought and resilience, skills relevant in today's global economy.

The McCombs Leadership Expedition is a 10-day field-based training that develops practical leadership skills and technical outdoor skills within the context of this rugged and ambiguous environment. On a daily basis, you will be challenged to exercise individual decisiveness while simultaneously facilitating excellent teamwork. There will be a strong focus on self-awareness and how to optimally navigate the roles of “team member” and “team leader”. Curriculum delivery will concentrate on situational leadership skills transferrable to school, business and many other social aspects.

On a wilderness expedition lessons are immediate, lasting, and applicable to your life. We’ve found that successful expeditions require many of the same skills that are essential in the professional world, including effective communication, influencing others and strategically delivering results. You will learn through experience and reflection in this intense learning environment, so prepare to exercise courage, focus on growth and have fun.


McCombs Business School Leadership Expedition


Dates: January 4 - January 13, 2015
Tuition: $2500.00
Group size: 10 (minimum) - 15 (maximum) participants
Due May 19, 2014 Application and course deposit ($500). Enrollment opens May 19, 2014.  Apply here.
Due Sept 15, 2014 Additional required paperwork (pdf), tuition balance ($2000) and equipment deposit ($200)
Course start/end: Coyhaique, Chile
Fly in/out: Balmaceda, XI Region, Chile
Activity: Backpacking
Supplemental Information: Course Description (pdf)
  Equipment List (pdf)
  Travel and Logistics (pdf)
  Health Information For Women (pdf)
  Fitness Recommendations (pdf)
  Optional tuition insurance costing an additional 6% of the full tuition cost ($150.00) above the $2500.00 course tuition. After paying your deposit, this 6% fee will automatically be included in your remaining balance unless you explicitly decline the additional coverage and cost by signing and submitting the TPP document in the required paperwork. If you decline you can not opt back in to the plan and if you pay your balance down to $0.00 you cannot later elect to add TPP.
For more information contact: NOLS Professional Training
Phone: 800-710-6657 ext. 2720





A behind-the-scenes look at what a NOLS wilderness expedition is all about:


You’ll learn how to lead your expedition-mates and even how to be a leader when following.

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"If you can figure out how to cross rapid-flowing, waist-deep rivers or how to bushwhack through almost impenetrably dense brush on extremely steep inclines, then you can figure out how to turn around a declining business or bring new innovation to a category—they both require dedication, brainstorming, and teamwork."

Allison L. Yang
MBA Candidate
Marketing, Strategy, Finance
Kellogg School of Management

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