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

Our extended nomination deadline of 1/31/18 has passed but we still have room for a few more students so we are still accepting nominations. Please submit your nomination ASAP!

If you are looking for the list of schools that have already nominated for the 2018 Seminar, please click here. 


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 from across Wisconsin in June 2018. WILS is a local 501c3 nonprofit volunteer organization that identifies outstanding high school sophomores leaders from throughout Wisconsin and provides them with the opportunity and encouragement to recognize and develop their leadership potential.

2018 marks the 41st 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.

Do you have a high school sophomore who shows leadership potential and excels at academics, athletics, arts, and/or community service? We think every sophomore class has at least one! Nominating a student leader to attend the Wisconsin Leadership Seminar (WILS) is an opportunity to recognize strong leadership skills and positive contributions while providing an avenue for student leaders to develop their skills and use their talents. 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.

Our high-energy three day seminar consists of team-building activities, motivational speakers (we’ve built relationships with several spectacular speakers), volunteer service,  panels of key leaders from various industries, self reflection, small group discussions, a talent show 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 2018 Wisconsin Leadership Seminar, which will take place at the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater in Whitewater, WI on Friday through Sunday, June 8-10, 2018. 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 2017-18 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 March of 2018.

We are very excited about having an outstanding 2018 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