The Willis L. Jones Leadership Center is a part of the Wisconsin Union. The goal of the JLC is to inspire and prepare students to work in partnership with others to positively transform themselves, their peers and their communities.
In order to reach this goal, the JLC holds leadership seminars for all students. Our seminars provide students with an open, inclusive environment where they learn the information they need to discover their leadership potential.
To inspire students to work together to positively transform their campus communities and beyond.
Leadership can often be a vague concept, with many different interpretations. Using the Authentic Leadership Development model as our foundation, we define leadership as an inclusive, relational process of working positively with others towards a shared vision. Leadership is in one’s attitude, approach and actions and, therefore, can be learned by combining an understanding of leadership theory with real-life experiences. The goal of the JLC is to inspire and prepare students to work in partnership with others to positively transform their campus communities and beyond.
Named after a Legacy
Willis L. Jones was a beloved Madison-area high school coach for over thirty-five years. Mr. Jones holds a record that includes five conference championships & state titles at two different high schools. Over the course of his illustrious career, he taught thousands of young people how to set goals, work together, celebrate victories and accept defeat. Mr. Jones believed that through his work as a coach, he was building the leaders of tomorrow.