Director, Wharton Leadership Ventures, McNulty Leadership Program, The Wharton School
Preston began his formal career in the late 1980s by leading 60-day remote wilderness trips with adjudicated youth out of New Jersey. Trained as a Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician, a NAUI Rescue Diver and an Ocean Lifeguard Trainer, Preston has led both terrestrial and marine Search and Rescue teams. This means that he has been the lead on primary, secondary, and tertiary responses to a number of critical and catastrophic incidents. In addition, he has served as an incident investigator, an expert witness, and a critical incident stress manager on cases involving fatalities in remote environments.
Prior to coming to Wharton, Preston ran Adventure Management, an operational risk management consulting firm that worked with governments and universities around the world on issues related to teaching and working in remote environments. Preston graduated with honors from Rutgers University, with Bachelors degree in Environmental Science and a minor in Professional Youth Work, as well as a Masters of Education from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, Risk and Prevention Program, where he completed formal research on the etymology and epistemology of risk.
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