Year: Senior Major: Nursing and certificate in Leadership
A little about me: I currently work as nursing assistant at UW Hospital, and volunteer for various organizations.. I am inspired by service and find no greater reward than inspiring others to engage in a productive challenge as well. As I look onward to graduating in the spring, I hope to be working at a large hospital, where I can implement my leadership training from UW-Madison. Leadership has enabled me to become a more holistic, accepting, and team-oriented individual, and I hope to share these developing ideals with others in my future endeavors.
Favorite thing about the JLC: When I first began participating in JLC events, I thought I knew that being a leader meant organizing a group to support your cause. Through workshops, classes, and conversations with student and faculty role models of mine, I quickly learned the value of humility, connection, and synergy in my pursuit of leadership strength. I learned that other group members could contribute in ways that I could not, and that we were better together than as individuals. Becoming a JLC intern this year has allowed me to review all of the content I've learned during my undergraduate experience, and share this with other students who also care about continuous personal growth.
Year: Sophomore Major: Kinesiology and certificate in Global Health
A little about me: Hello, I’m Maurice, but you can call me Moe. I am a sophomore at UW-Madison majoring in Kinesiology and pursuing a certificate in Global Health. I have a wide range of interests, ranging from being a music fanatic to being sports-minded. In the past, I played football, basketball, baseball and tennis. My interest in sports and physical activity has shaped my future career path, as I am an aspiring Physical Therapist. My interest in leadership stemmed from a young age while watching my father as a high school football coach. As a ball boy, I was able to observe many different leadership styles coming from a wide range of personality types from coaches and players. Since I am, and people continuously describe me as, an amiable person, I find myself leading by example in a sympathetic manner, avoiding conflict. Although I lead quietly, I enjoy learning from more dynamic and active leaders who can captivate attention and passion through their words.
Favorite thing about the JLC: Being a part of the Jones Leadership Center allows me to learn from more experienced leaders with the opportunity to directly apply and share my unique leadership experiences through facilitation.
Year: Senior / Major: Journalism with a concentration on Strategic Communication
A little about me: My name is Mikayla Toonen and I am a Senior studying Journalism with an emphasis on Strategic Communications. I enjoy being involved on campus through internships and student organizations. Leadership has always been a part of who I am, but my leadership skills really blossomed once I began as a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. My interest in leadership ignited when I joined my first student organization freshman year. I joined the marketing student organization, Mu Kappa Tau, applied for a committee chair position and got it. From that moment on, I have been seeking leadership positions in everything I do. I currently lead the student organization Association for Women in Communications (AWC) as President. I have always had the goal of being president of a student organization and finally accomplishing that goal has been very rewarding. As a leader, I hope to not only develop my leadership skills but to help AWC members develop their professional and leadership skills. That goal has taken form through a mentorship program I have created to bring upperclassman and underclassman together to work through different professional necessities like LinkedIn, cover letters and resumes.
Favorite thing about the JLC: I really enjoy learning about how my peers lead whether its through facilitating a leadership workshop or reading the bios of our Authentic Leader of the Month. I am continuously impressed by the leadership skills of UW-Madison students and I enjoy being a part of their journey through workshop facilitation.
Year: Junior Major: Political Science and Communication Arts
A little about me: I hail from Norwalk, Connecticut, but I'm a midwesterner at heart, having spent my first 14 years in the Twin Cities. Currently, I am a Writing Fellow for the UW Writing Fellows Program, involved in Greek life and a political activist,
Favorite thing about the JLC: I have a passion for leadership development, which is why I look forward to empowering other students through my work at the Jones Leadership Center.
Year: Sophomore Major: Communication Arts with certificates in Business and Digital Studies
A little about me: I am originally from New York, but fell in love with Madison after my first visit to UW three years ago. I try to stay involved on campus in as many ways as possible. This includes attending Association for Women in Communications meetings and working as a research assistant at the communication arts lab. I hope to use my four years at UW to strengthen my leadership skills and further develop my passions in order to succeed in a career in public relations or marketing.
Favorite thing about the JLC: I really appreciate how inclusive the JLC is. The programs and workshops are able to unite students from all over campus . The JLC is a great resource for meeting new people who are passionate about UW-Madison as well as passionate about leadership.
I am Heidi Lang, Assistant Director for Program and Leadership at the Wisconsin Union. I have been with the JLC since it began in 2013. At the Wisconsin Union and certainly within the JLC, we emphasize community development, positive and authentic leadership and civic engagement. I enjoy seeing the JLC interns thrive and seeing students understand themselves better and practice moving in the world with intentionality. When I’m not a work, I enjoy my two sons, my pottery wheel and learning new things. I hope you will check out our program and I am happy to connect with you as you begin reflecting on your leadership practices!
Hello-I am Joe Webb, Assistant Director of Outdoor UW at the Wisconsin Union. I have been with the Wisconsin Union since 2011 and for the next several months I will be helping with the JLC. I look forward to engaging with the staff to help create authentic learning experiences for students and help to share the philosophy of the JLC. In my free time, I like to travel, stay active through outdoor recreation, and keep my mind fresh through a good book, documentary, or podcast.