Looking to nominate your student?  Submit your nomination form here!

The deadline to nominate a student for the 2017 seminar was 1/31/17 however, we are still accepting nominations at this time. Please submit your nomination as soon as possible to retain a spot for your student leader.

If you are looking for the list of schools that have already nominated for the 2017 Seminar, please click here. 

schoolsDo you have a high school sophomore who shows leadership potential and excels at academics, athletics, arts, and/or community service? We think every class has at least one. This is a chance to show that leader a positive way to use their talents, while showing them some genuine appreciation for what they’ve already accomplished. Best of all, it doesn’t cost anything to attend, except for transportation to and from Whitewater, WI.
We are excited to announce that Wisconsin Leadership Seminars (WILS) will once again be holding its annual 3-day leadership seminar for outstanding high school sophomores across Wisconsin in June 2017. WILS is a local volunteer organization that identifies outstanding high school sophomores throughout Wisconsin and provides them with the opportunity and encouragement to recognize their leadership potential. We invite you to nominate one student (plus an alternate) who already exhibits positive leadership qualities in their school and community and/or shows leadership potential that may simply need some added encouragement.

2017 marks the 40th straight year that our program will be offered at no cost to the schools or students. The annual seminar is an experience which we would like to keep open to as many schools as possible, so we work hard to ensure that the only cost to the students for the weekend is their transportation to and from the seminar at the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater in Whitewater, Wisconsin.

The high-energy weekend consists of team-building activities, motivational speakers (we’ve built relationships with several spectacular speakers), volunteer service, a talent show, panels of key leaders from various industries, small group discussions, and more. We encourage leadership development through emphasis on personal responsibility, service, inclusiveness, and decision making. WILS also has an active alumni association that meets throughout the year to provide opportunities for these young leaders to network with each other and volunteer in our communities.

wils_1The students selected to attend are provided this opportunity because they have demonstrated themselves to be responsible citizens in their community and thoughtful individuals in their school. In our society, a great deal of attention and media exposure is given to young adults who act negatively. WILS is set up to provide recognition and growth opportunities to students who act positively and acknowledge that we value their contributions made now and those they will make in the future.

We invite you to select an outstanding student from your sophomore class to attend the 2017 Wisconsin Leadership Seminar, which will take place at the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater in Whitewater, WI on Friday through Sunday, June 9-11, 2017. Please do not pass up this opportunity to reward an excellent student from your school! The method by which you make this selection is entirely up to you. Please select a student who is a sophomore in the 2016-17 school year. If there is already a nomination process at your school, fabulous! If not, take a bit of time now to determine what you feel to be the best criteria for selection of the nominee from your school. Past leaders have excelled academically, in athletics, extra-curricular activities, or volunteer service. The choice is up to you. It is a leadership seminar, and our goal is to cultivate those leadership qualities in the person you nominate. Please look for an exceptional student who you believe represents the leadership potential of your student body.

Don’t wait; begin your nomination process today!

Once your nomination has been processed you will receive a confirmation e-mail within 30 days of processing their nomination. This e-mail will also notify the student that they will receive more program details and their registration packet in April of 2017.

We are very excited about having an outstanding 2017 seminar and working with you many years into the future!
Questions about this year’s seminar? Contact our seminar chair at or our recruitment chair at