Leadership Development Expeditions

Learn. Lead. Build for What’s Next.

Develop your leadership skills through faculty-led adventure expeditions.

Through Leadership Development Expeditions, students develop leadership potential while building a deep understanding of what it means to lead. These courses build leadership skills through a combination of rigorous academic inquiry into the nature of leadership, honest self-assessment, and hands-on experiences in challenging environments.

Our approach

Leadership Development Expeditions draw on outdoor experiential education theory and challenge participants to serve as leaders during an adventure expedition. Through the experience and thoughtful reflection, students develop their own concept and practice of leadership.

The course combines a thorough academic introduction to leadership development and opportunity for self-assessment with repeated reflection and feedback to help students develop individualized paths as leaders. The hands-on approach to leadership development, coupled with extensive feedback and coaching, allow students to wholly focus on their growth as a leader.

Who can take Leadership Development Expeditions?

Leadership Development Expeditions courses are offered for Carey Business School students in all degree programs (including students studying in online programs) twice a year - once during the intersession term in January and once during the summer term.


Leadership Development Expedition- Norway (BU.003.893)

Trek through Norway’s famous mountains and fjords, traversing glacial fields and ultimately summiting the highest peak in Scandinavia, on a nine-day expedition.

Student reflections

Derrick Bransby, MBA ’19, credits his 2019 Norway expedition with the ability to test his classroom learning in real-time. 

In Norway, we had the ability to get out and put our work to practice. You don’t get that in a classroom setting. There were traditional classroom components—reading and discussing a reading. But far more of the course is about the ability to react, test, and learn in real-time while you are on the trail.”

And after putting his skills to the test, Bransby was able to immediately translate his new skills in his career.

“My experience in Norway connects directly to what I do at work all the time,” said Bransby. “I’m an engineer, but I go into rooms with doctors and hospital administrators where I am asking them to think about things and do things that are very unfamiliar to them. I still use the leadership methods and approaches I piloted in Norway in these day-to-day interactions.

And read one student's reflection on their Leadership Development Expedition in Norway.

Leadership Development Expedition- Belize (BU.003.893)

Embark on a nine-day kayaking excursion through Belize’s pristine coastal waterways.

Student reflection

Amanda Hayes, Flexible MBA, ’20, had never participated in strenuous outdoor excursions. When she partnered with a former marine in her kayak, she learned to lead across different experiences and perspectives.

“If you’re hesitating to register because of any fear, ignore that fear. That’s even more reason for you to aim to do it. The course shows you so much about yourself. And the payoff is huge—the friends, the experience—we’ll never get that again. I’m overweight and I went for this thing anyway. Don’t let your current physical standing stop you. It’s all manageable and all doable. It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. It was absolutely transformative,” said Hayes.

Cotopaxi Leadership Development Expedition

Summit one of the world’s highest active volcanoes and use leadership skills gained on the trek to climb in your career.

Custom executive treks

Are you interested in bringing a Johns Hopkins Carey Business School’s leadership development experience to your organization? Leadership Development Expedition Executive Treks are available as custom programs for organizations wishing to develop high potential managers and build a pipeline of strong leaders.


Leadership Expeditions Faculty

Mike Doyle

Director for Student Ventures

Mike Doyle is the director for student ventures in the Carey Business School Office of Experiential Learning. He has taught leadership development courses at Carey and the University of Maryland, and he has led adventure-based leadership expeditions throughout the U.S., Norway, Italy, Belize, Fiji, and Jordan. Doyle has also led team performance workshops for multinational companies and government agencies. He is a certified career coach and holds a master's degree in counseling and personnel services from the University of Maryland and is also certified in Six Sigma Greenbelt, MBTI, EQi and Clifton StrengthsFinder.

Chris Myers

Academic Director, Executive Education

Chris Myers is an assistant professor and academic director of Executive Education at the Carey Business School. His research focuses on individual learning, leadership development, and innovation in organizations, and at Carey he teaches courses on organizational behavior and leadership. He has published in leading academic journals and in various popular media outlets. He earned his PhD from the University of Michigan and was on the faculty at the Harvard Business School.

Myers has also worked as an outdoor education instructor in his home state of North Carolina.