School officials can nominate one current sophomore as their primary representative and one as their alternate should the primary be unable to attend. 

WILS 2024 will take place June 14-16, 2024. We plan to hold our seminar at Carroll University in Waukesha, WI. Our Seminar will be offered at no cost to the students or schools as it has been for the past 47 years.

Nomination emails were sent in December 2023.

Please see this list to view 2024 received nominations.


What is WILS?

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.

2024 marks the 47th 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 students can participate in the seminar based on their merit and not their socioeconomic means.

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.

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.

The 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 one outstanding student from your current sophomore class to attend the 2024 Wisconsin Leadership Seminar. Nominations will open in December, 2023. 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 2023-24 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.

Once your nomination has been processed you will receive a confirmation email. Students will also be notified by email within a few weeks of their nomination and receive more program details and registration information. 

We are very excited about having an outstanding 2024 seminar and working with you many years into the future!


Questions about this year’s seminar? Contact our seminar chair at [email protected].