Seminar 2022

Congratulations to all of the student leaders who were nominated to attend WILS 2022! It is a unique distinction to be recognized as one of only 200 sophomore leaders from Wisconsin and Upper Michigan who will represent their school at the annual seminar. Each of our student leaders was selected as their school’s sole representative for strong leadership skills and contributions in their school and community. This is a distinguished group that deserves to be honored and celebrated!

WILS 2022 will take place June 10-12 on the campus of Carroll University in Waukesha, WI. In recognition of our student leaders’ accomplishments, each nominee is provided a full sponsorship to attend the seminar. All costs for the seminar including housing, meals, and activities are covered by the sponsorship.

During the seminar student leaders will enjoy a unique learning experience designed to build their understanding and confidence in their personal leadership style, challenge their critical thinking skills and present different points of view on a variety of topics. Our seminar focuses on leadership development through our organization’s pillars of responsibility, service, inclusiveness and decision making. Students should plan to meet other outstanding young leaders and engage in fun, thoughtful discussions and activities. Activities include keynote speakers, small group discussions, hands-on personal exploration & leadership development activities and group team builders, personal reflection, service projects, interactive workshops & panels with community and industry leaders, and social activities in the evenings. Student leaders have the opportunity to interact with community leaders and 200 other student leaders from all over Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. 

After seminar student leaders are able to continue on their path of leadership development and community engagement through our alumni association. Our alumni association has a young leaders alumni association board of directors composed of young leaders from around the state who plan ongoing events throughout the state to volunteer in our communities, learn about local businesses, meet with local leaders, and continue to build upon the skills and networks they established at seminar. Our alumni award college scholarships, volunteer together, help plan future seminars, and build lifelong connections.  

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR WILS 2022 STUDENT LEADERS

Registration materials have been emailed to all nominated student leaders and their parent(s)/guardian(s). 

DEADLINES: 

  • April 17 – online registration. All students must complete the online  registration in order to attend the seminar. The link to the online registration was included in your email. 
  • May 6 – payments for those opting for an early arrival.

LOCATION: 

  • Carroll University in Waukesha, WI. Click here for a map of Carroll University
  • Check in and parent information session brunch will take place in the Campus Center at 101 North East Avenue.
  • Our closing ceremony is held in Shattuck Music Center, across the street from the Campus Center, at 218 North East Avenue. 
  • Check out will take place in the residence halls.

CHECK-IN: 

  • Friday, June 10 from 7:15am – 8:15am in the Campus Center.
    OR
  • Thursday, June 9, from 7:30pm-9:30pm at the Campus Center – early arrival check in is only available for those who indicate early arrival on their registration and pay the $30 lodging/meal fee.
  • Please be on time for check-in; we are on a very tight schedule all weekend!

CHECK-OUT: 

  • Sunday, June 12, 1:30pm at the residence halls. 
  • Females will be housed in North Bergstrom Hall. Males will be housed in South Bergstrom Hall.  

PARKING: 

  • Parking in all campus lots is free. 
  • For check in, parent information session, and closing ceremonies parking is available in the Campus Center parking lot. This is the largest lot that is closest to all activities.
  • If the Campus Center lot is full, there is a lot available one block away adjacent to the Steel/Swarthout buildings off of East Avenue.
  • For check out, the North and South Bergstrom residence halls are only one block away from the Campus Center so you can park there or there is a lot behind the residence halls accessible off of East College Avenue or Laflin Street.

IMPORTANT TIMES FOR OPTIONAL PARENT ACTIVITIES: 

  • Sunday, June 12th from 11:45AM-12:15pm – Parent information session in the Campus Center.
  • Sunday, June 12th from 12:30-1:30pm – Closing ceremony in the Shattuck Music Center.

TRANSPORTATION: Each student leader, along with their family, is responsible for their own transportation to and from Carroll University. If a participant drives themselves, we will collect their car keys as they check-in and return them upon check out. If you need assistance with transportation to or from the seminar, please indicate this during your registration process and our Director of Transportation will contact you in May. We will help connect you with others in your area to arrange for a car pool. Parents, if you are willing to drive another participant, this is greatly appreciated and can make the difference in a young leader’s ability to attend seminar. We want to make sure that everyone has the transportation needed to attend seminar! If you are willing to help another young leader get to seminar, please indicate this on your child’s registration.

ITEMS TO BRING:  

  • Consent form – signed & filled out
  • You must bring your own linens: twin bed sheets or a sleeping bag, a pillow
  • Towel(s)
  • Toiletries (shampoo, soap, deodorant) 
  • Clothing – see below for suggested attire 
  • Sunscreen and a refillable water bottle as some activities take place outdoors
  • A fan is suggested – the residence halls are not air conditioned
  • Talent Show – We will have a talent show on Saturday night. If you would like to participate, please bring any necessary items (instrument, music/CD, sheet music, costume, props); a piano will be available. We welcome all types of talent and have had all types of performances in the past – singers, dancers, musicians, groups skits, dramatic readings, comedians, impersonations, spoken word, martial arts demonstrations, gymnastics, jugglers – everyone is welcome to share their unique talents! WILS is an extremely supportive environment so don’t be shy!
  • On Sunday morning there will be an opportunity for quiet personal reflection so you may want to bring a book, music with headphones or spiritual reading/reflection materials.

WEEKEND ATTIRE: Dress will be casual throughout the seminar except for Sunday, which is a dress up day. Appropriate Sunday attire would be dress pants, collared/dress shirt (polo or dress shirt – suits and ties are not required), dress or skirt. For the rest of the weekend shorts and t-shirts are perfectly acceptable! You may want to bring a pair of flip flops to wear around the residence hall at night and in the shower. We will be in air-conditioned areas for much of the seminar so you may want a light jacket or sweatshirt. There is a neon/glow themed dance on Friday night. Please bring your favorite neon shirt or bright attire if you have it! You will be given a WILS tshirt at the seminar to wear on Saturday.

CELL PHONES: WILS is designed to be a personally interactive experience so we have a strict cell phone policy. Aside from use in your room at night or discreet use as a camera to capture some memories outside of structured activities, cell phone use during seminar activities is strictly prohibited. Emergency numbers are below if your parents need to contact you during the day.

MONEY: Because the entire seminar is paid for by donations, you do not need to bring any money but you may want to bring some money for items that the WILS Alumni Association will be selling like t-shirts, sweatshirts, etc. These are excellent keepsakes! Vending machines are also available for late night snacks.

IMPORTANT WILS CONTACT INFORMATION: Please direct all questions to our seminar co-chairs Hailey Erdman and Olivia Kreyer via email at SeminarChair@wils.us. WILS is a 100% volunteer organization and all of our staff work full time jobs outside of volunteering hundreds of hours with WILS so please allow a couple of business days for a response. Please note that you will receive a quicker response via email versus phone prior to seminar. In case of an emergency during the seminar, a cell phone number for Hailey Erdman, Seminar Co-Chairperson, was provided in your email. During seminar you can also reach the Carroll University Campus Center operator at 262-524-7373. 

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