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WLV: United States Naval Academy Leadership Conference

The Undergraduate Leadership Program selects several student leaders to attend the annual United States Naval Academy Leadership Conference. The 3-day conference is held in January or February on the historic campus of the Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. Lodging, meals, and transportation to the conference are provided.


Hear Wharton undergraduates discuss their experiences at the 2006 U.S. Naval Academy Leadership Conference
on this Knowledge@Wharton podcast

The U.S. Naval Academy Leadership Conference brings together the best minds in the practice and study of leadership to exchange ideas, experiences and methods with both military and civilian students. The conference format is intended to support this theme and encourage healthy debate and interaction among participants. 

Military institutions attending the conference have included the U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, U.S. Military Academy, Royal Military College of Canada, and the Royal Australian Naval and Military College. Twenty civilian universities also send student leaders.

Conference Photos and Report Links


USNA 2013

Wharton participants (L-R): Sonya Park, Jane Zhang, Tim Schlegel


USNA 2012

Wharton participants (L-R): Janani Ramachandran, Greg Rose, Anna Pham


2011 conference

Wharton participants (L-R): Christian Hoogerheyde, Patrick Glover, Colin Lee


USNA 2010

Wharton participants (L-R): Courtney Gardner, Henrik Stal, Joo Yeon Kim, Xenia Kolesnikov


Wharton participants: (L-R) top row, Bo Finneman, Michael Zhao, Deborah Garber; bottom row, Courtney Gardner.  Not pictured, Justin Hurst

Links to USNA Leadership Conference Reports in the Wharton Leadership Digest
(Wharton Center for Leadership and Change Management)


For more information on the USNA Leadership Conference, contact Dr. Chris Maxwell.