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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 facilitate unique and intentional experiential opportunities to develop students' sense of self and their potential to lead.


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

1981joneswillis smallWillis 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.


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Memorial Union, Room 5231
800 Langdon St.
Madison, WI 53706
(608) 265-9867

Mary Russell
(608) 262-1477 | mlrussell@wisc.edu

Leadership Certificate Point of Contact:
Mary Russell, mlrussell@wisc.edu         

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Upcoming Events


October 22nd | 6:00pm

The JLC Presents: Kim Jonker and Drew Kugler

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Achieving Extraordinary Results in the Social Sector


October 29th | 6:00pm

Managing Transitions

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Practice practical strategies to minimize disruptions caused by organization change.


November 13th | 6:00pm

Giving and Receiving Feedback

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Learn to recognize the importance of feedback


November 27th | 6:00pm

A Conversation with Karla Thennes

The Executive Director of Porchlight Karla Thennes discusses homelessness on and off campus.