Curriculum

Over the 5-month Kore Venture journey you will learn from leading global business families, academics, family wealth practitioners, authors and your peers. The comprehensive curriculum covers the following topics through a combination of expert input, peer discussion, readings, case studies and conversations.

Residential oneFocus on Identity

New York, USA

April 23 - May 3, 2019


Survival, Resilience, and Leadership: Bear Grylls Survival Academy

A wilderness and survival experience led by the Bear Grylls Survival Academy. Learn extreme survival and leadership skills used by Bear Grylls and the most inspirational adventurers of the last 200 years.


Design Thinking: Designing Your Life, Dave Evans, Stanford University

Delivered by Dave Evans, Stanford Faculty member and co-author of the best-selling book Designing Your Life. Learn how to build a well-lived, joyful life. Embrace the “mind-sets” of life-design.

We’ve helped thousands of young people build a well-lived joyful life.  But only recently have I come to appreciate the unique challenges facing those who create or inherit substantial wealth.  How much is enough? Where does responsibility end and authentic burden begin?  How much more is required to create the inner peace, joy and fulfillment we long for?  Defining what success is for you in the midst of material abundance and seemingly limitless possibilities is surprisingly difficult. I’m delighted to be part of Kore Venture and to help young people from families with abundance the world over find purpose and meaning and to become wise stewards of resources, opportunity, and influence.

Dave Evans, co-author of Designing Your Life, co-founder of the Stanford Life Design Lab and Lecturer, Stanford Design Program.


Intercultural Intelligence: Knowledgeworkx, Marco Blankenburgh

Are you ready to thrive and lead in a culturally complex world?

The world has become more globalized than ever before and successful leadership requires the highest levels of intercultural intelligence.  Drawing on over 20 years of experience working with leaders and families across more than 70 countries, we will guide you through a process to develop your intercultural intelligence.

We start with discovering who you are as a cultural person.  You might hold a passport from a certain country, but what makes your cultural wiring unique?

We apply assessment tools to give you a powerful map and language to explore your unique cultural wiring. We teach you techniques to adjust the way you engage with others and enlarge your toolbox to effectively engage across cultures.

We equip you to create and shape culture in a global context – that is to influence “The way we do things around here.” This is an essential skill-set to use in the family context, at work and amongst your friends to help you thrive in a complex and global world!


Family Systems and Cultural Intelligence: Relational Wealth Advisors and Keith Whitaker

Learn about family systems and dynamics and develop self-awareness and communication skills to help you navigate challenges and become a more enriching influence in your family.


Wealth and Worth

Case studies and conversations with prominent families and business builders. Explore the nature of true wealth and discuss the personal challenges and opportunities of possessing wealth.


Personal Reflection and Personalized Coaching

One on one sessions with your personal coach.


Your learning environment
Minnewaska Lodge, Gardiner, New York


Residential twoFocus on purpose

Oxford, United Kingdom

June 22-29, 2019


Wisdom, Virtue, and the Character of Leadership: Oxford Character Project

Grow in wisdom and the character required for leadership that furthers the good of society. Join scholars from Oxford University on a journey to meet and learn from historic and modern-day leaders in business, social and political spheres. Explore the origins of wisdom, how it is acquired and passed, and why attainment of wisdom is necessary for success in life and leadership.

Stretching back to the ancient world, the questions of how to live a meaningful and satisfying life and how to live well with others in society have occupied the leading thinkers of each generation. The acquisition of wisdom has been at the heart of a quest that is not simply about gaining knowledge but about becoming a better person, growing in personal character along a path where a sense of purpose intersects with one’s contribution to the good of society. The Oxford Character Project draws on the latest research to help leading students integrate their academic learning within a wider pursuit of wisdom, meaning and purpose. We are delighted to partner with Kore Venture in helping an up-and-coming generation develop as the wise thinkers and good leaders our world desperately needs.
Dr. Edward Brooks, Executive Director of the Oxford Character Project


Purpose and Profit: Learn from leading faculty from the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

Mary Johnstone-Louis – Senior Research Fellow


The Joy of Generosity and Service: Generous Steps

Learn how to embrace the virtue of generosity which has been proven to increase individual joy and meaning for people in every demographic and culture.


Social Impact and Philanthropy: Leading philanthropists, social impact investors

Learn from some of the world’s most impactful philanthropists and community-based organizations and be equipped with principles and tools to help you on your social impact journey.


Emotional Intelligence and Relational Wealth: Relational Wealth Advisors

Improve your ability to have positive conversations on difficult topics in your family and elsewhere.


Influence and Movement Building: Inspiration from leading social change innovators

Learn how effective leaders, mobilize communities, influence society and change history.


Family Narrative: Family rituals and artifacts

Discover the power of your family narrative and the importance of, and techniques for passing on values from generation to generation.


Social, Economic and Political Systems: Legatum Institute

Understand the economic and social drivers of wealth creation and how to promote these to help families, communities and nations to prosper.


Wealth and Purpose

Conversations with prominent families and business builders.


Your learning environment
Oxford, England


Home-Based Learning

Summer 2019


Family Origins Research

Undertake research to map the journey of your family from its origins to where it is today. Observe how values have been transmitted and how times of trial and failure have helped build resilience and character. Prepare to present your insights to your family and your peers.

Personal readings and reflection following the Kore Venture Reading Guide.

Regular sessions with your personal coach.


Residential threeFocus on momentum

Salzburg, Austria

August 3-9, 2019


Media Savvy: Stewardship of the Family Name, Tom Mollo

Gain skills to help you guard your privacy and manage public scrutiny of you and your family.


Family Governance Meets Business Leadership: Leading family governance advisors

Learn the essential elements of effective family governance and explore your preferred role in the family governance system.


Investment Acumen: Leading chief investment officers

Learn vital lessons from seasoned investment professionals to help you appoint competent and trustworthy investment advisers.


Health and Wellbeing: Personal coaches

Forming healthy habits for life.


Life and Legacy Plan

Write up your Odyssey Plan. Articulate your individual purpose, family values and planned role in your family legacy.


For Parents Only

Parents join for the final two nights of Kore Venture and participate in a parents only session to learn how best to help their children embrace the changes they have committed to through Venture.


Graduation Celebration.  Attended by parents.
A celebration shared with participants and parents.


Your learning environment
Hotel Schloss Leopoldskron, Salzburg Austria


Field-based learning experience

Takes place between Residentials 1 and 2, exact dates set on an individual basis


Business Exposure Experience (optional, not included in tuition fee)

Spend a week in a world-class organization observing how leadership creates culture and how culture drives performance. Write up your observations and present them to the leadership of the organization.

While this is an optional component of the program, we believe it is absolutely worthwhile. We will connect you to several world-class organizations willing to host Kore Venture participants.


Social Impact Immersion Experience (optional, not included in tuition fee)

Experience first-hand how thoughtful and strategic philanthropic support for community-based organizations helps lift underprivileged and vulnerable communities out of poverty. You’ll visit these communities and meet people who have renewed their hope and sense of dignity with support made possible by philanthropy. Write-up and present your observations to your family and course peers.

While this is an optional component of the program we strongly encourage everyone to participate especially if you have not visited projects to help vulnerable communities in the past. (Kore Venture has made arrangements for our students to join any one of a handful of field trips).

Optional modules

Business exposure experience

Spend a week in a world class organization observing how leadership creates culture and how culture drives performance.  Write up your observations and present them to the leadership of the organization.

While this is an optional component of the program, we believe it is absolutely worthwhile.  We will connect you to several world class organizations willing to host Kore Venture participants.

(optional, not included in tuition fee)

Social impact immersion experience

Experience first-hand how thoughtful and strategic philanthropic support for community-based organizations helps lift underprivileged and vulnerable communities out of poverty. You’ll visit vulnerable communities and meet people who have renewed their hope and sense of dignity with support made possible by philanthropy. Write-up and present your observations to your family and course peers.

While this is an optional component of the program we strongly encourage everyone to participate especially if you have not visited projects to help vulnerable communities in the past.  Kore Venture has made arrangements for our students to join any one of a handful of field trips).

(optional, not included in tuition fee)

How much does this cost?

Tuition fee