Cotopaxi Leadership Development Expedition

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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.

How do you advance in your career and develop teamwork skills to lead through difficult decisions? Discover what's possible when you put yourself to the test with Johns Hopkins Carey Business School’s Leadership Development Expedition. The Cotopaxi Leadership Development Expedition is a nine-day, intensive trek where you will work collaboratively with a team of fellow executive education participants to climb one of the world’s highest volcanoes. Work one on one with Johns Hopkins faculty to translate the teaming skills you develop on the summit directly back to your workplace.

This Leadership Development Expedition is a part of the Johns Hopkins Executive Education program.

Upcoming Expedition

The next expedition will be January 3-11, 2022 (dates may vary).

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Build leadership skills

How do you build the leadership skills needed to navigate your team through uncertainty and difficult situations? Put yourself in a controlled, high-stakes situation with Johns Hopkins leadership experts by your side.

On the climb, find solutions to difficult challenges and gain experience giving and receiving effective feedback. Build effective communication and conflict resolution skills. Gain group decision-making skills to reach consensus efficiently and effectively. Reveal untapped aptitudes and attitudes. Develop a sense of agility to lead through changes and unforeseen circumstances. And strengthen your ability to empathize with those around you.

Before the climb

Attend two virtual classroom sessions prior to the expedition to engage with fellow team members, set team dynamics, and review leadership styles. Complete a personal reflection and 360-degree assessment of your leadership strengths and opportunities. Collaborate with Johns Hopkins faculty on crafting your personal goals. Then travel with the cohort and begin with a team retreat once landed in Ecuador. In addition to learning from the course faculty, you will learn from the experiences of your peers. Courses typically attract managers from various industries and sectors. Build a professional network as well as friendships while you learn together and from one another.

During the trek

Each day of the program begins with a team meeting and the appointment of the day’s leader. Johns Hopkins faculty work with each climber individually, providing observations and guidance on meeting your pre-determined goals. Via individual coaching sessions, faculty give specific feedback on translating your strengths and struggles to opportunities in the workplace.

After the climb

After summitting the mountain, the group debriefs together and enjoys a celebratory final dinner. Johns Hopkins faculty lead final individual coaching sessions with tangible action steps on implementing your takeaways in your work. Develop your own path as a leader and join an ever-growing network of Leadership Development Expedition alumni across industries and sectors.

Program costs

  • $9000: $6000 tuition, $3000 program fee (total cost excludes international airfare)

  • Students are responsible for their own international airfare and travel documentation (including a passport and visa)


The Cotopaxi Leadership Development Expedition is a physically demanding program at high altitude. The trek is beginner friendly, but participants must be in strong physical condition. Strength and endurance training will be required.


Mike Doyle

Adjunct instructor, Director of Student Ventures

Michael Doyle, M.ED

Leadership Development, Team Performance, Emotional/Social Intelligence
Chris Myers

Associate Professor

Christopher G. Myers, PhD

Organizational Behavior, Learning & Knowledge Management, Healthcare Organizations, Leadership Development