What Do We Do?

What do we Do?

We provide leadership workshops open to all UW-Madison students. Through participation in the Willis L. Jones Leadership Center, students will: 

  • ASPIRE to recognize how their values, goals, identity, and emotions affect their ability to build trust and credibility.

  • SHARE ideas across multiple modes of communication, allowing them to engage in meaningful conversations and actions with others.

  • TRANSFORM this vision into reality, and develop critical thinking skills to make decisions and solve problems.

  • CONNECT with others to foster positive change and seek opportunities to contribute to our global society.

 Benefits of Attending Our Events

  • Improved leadership abilities

  • Networking opportunities with other student leaders

  • Outside Classroom Hours for the UW Leadership Certificate!

  • Build your resume with concrete leadership skills

Empower Leadership Series

The EMPOWER Leadership Series provides an opportunity for personal growth, knowledge acquisition, and skill development through keynote presentations, breakout sessions and individual consultations facilitated by UW-Madison experienced student leaders, staff, faculty, and community members. Each of the four modules listed below is comprised of four programs.

Module 1: Empowered to ASPIRE to recognize how values, goals, identity and emotions influence your leadership practices.

Module 2: Empowered to SHARE ideas across multiple modes of communication, allowing you to engage in meaningful conversations and actions with others.

Module 3: Empowered to CONNECT with others to foster positive change, seek opportunities to develop cultural competency, and contribute to our global society.

Module 4: Empowered to TRANSFORM a shared vision into reality using critical thinking skills to make decisions and solve problems.

Leadership Speaker Series

The Leadership Speaker Series is a comprehensive lecture and discussion series that brings leaders from the Madison area and beyond to speak about their experience with leadership and how to help others develop theirs. Anyone who has displayed leadership within their community is welcome to speak.

Engage Leadership Series

The ENGAGE Leadership Series offers two programs, the Coaching Academy and Coaching/Consultation Appointments.

The Coaching Academy develops capacity in University of Wisconsin – Madison experienced student leaders, staff, faculty, and community members to serve as mentors to emerging student leaders. The "Train the Trainer" 4-week course focuses on strategies to help students conceptualize, plan, reflect and develop leadership skills.

Coaching and Consultation appointments are available to emerging student leaders and are customized to the needs of individual students. Students meet one-on-one with trained coaches to discuss the individual leadership experiences and challenges they face.

Explore Leadership Series

The EXPLORE leadership series provides scholarships to students to participate in national leadership conferences. Three scholarships for each of the four conferences will be awarded based on an application process.

IMPACT Conference: The largest annual conference focused on the civic engagement of college students

LeaderShape Conference: Dedicated to creating a just, caring, and thriving world where all lead with integrity™ and a healthy disregard for the impossible.

National Conference for College Women Student Leaders: NCCWSL brings together nearly 300 student leaders for 2.5 days of highly experiential leadership opportunities, skill-building, and unparalleled networking opportunities.

I-LEAD®: It is also intended that participants will leave I-LEAD® with a sense of excitement, energy, and urgency to be innovative leaders in their own lives and on their campuses.