I've been a part of WILS since my seminar year in 2000 and it has remained an integral part of my life since. WILS fostered my personal growth as a young adult, shaped me as a leader and inspired confidence to be my true, unique self. Returning as staff throughout the years and witnessing this incredible organization do the same for countless other individuals has enriched my life in ways I can't begin to describe. The friendships I've made throughout the years are sacred to me and I'm proud to consider myself a lifelong member of the WILS family.
WILS has been a huge part of my life. I started as a student leader almost 7 years ago. I volunteered my time and grew through WILS over the past 7 years and I am now serving my second term on the Board. I could not be happier with the people I work with and the lives we change.
WILS has changed my life, and continues to change my life for the better. To put it simply, a three day seminar from over five years ago has shaped where I chose to attend college, helped me decide where to look into schooling after college, and has connected me to many potential future employees. Aside from the professional benefits I receive, I have been able to find volunteer opportunities multiple times per year in many areas of Wisconsin working with many diverse populations. I am grateful every day for what WILS has given me and how this organization continues to better me.
As a parent of a former WILSer, staffer, scholarship recipient, and board member, I can't say enough about how the organization really let my daughter shine and develop her confidence. She is a fine young lady, and you are part of the reason!
I have been involved with WILS since 1999. I owe everything I am to this organization. My uniquness is celebrated with enthusiasm and love. I have been able to pay that energy forward to the new student leaders every year as a facilitator. The student leaders challenge us to be the best leaders we can be. In an age of screens and swiping right, WILS gives these young adults a fresh, fun, face to face weekend of thought provoking panels and activities to celebrate their leadership potential and to give it a safe space to grow.
WILS has done so much for me. Beyond my year at seminar, WILS has connected me to so many great mentors and inspiring individuals. WILS is a home for everyone to grow and never judges. WILS is truly a family!
I attended WILS Summer of 2014 and it was honestly one of the most life changing experiences I've ever had. I have never attended a seminar where EVERYONE was as friendly and welcoming as at this seminar. I returned for the first time to volunteer Summer of 2017 and that was one of the best volunteer experiences I've had. I felt like part of a large family and learned so much from all the other volunteers. WILS is such an amazing organization and nothing I can say about it will be truly as amazing as experiencing it firsthand.
I attended seminar in 2018 and it was an absolutely incredible weekend. Since then, I have attended reunions, been on the alumni association board, and have done multiple volunteer events with WILS. The people I have met through WILS are absolutely amazing and everyone is so supportive. WILS is a huge part of my life now and I am forever thankful for the opportunity to be a part of it.
WILS is honestly one of the most incredible organizations I have had the honor to be associated with. Everybody involved is absolutely amazing, and strives to create a yearly seminar that fosters an environment of growth, leadership, and kindness. If it weren't for WILS, I would have developed into a very different person, and I credit the people and experiences I have had for helping me to pursue my goals and dreams. I hope to continue helping to make this experience as wonderful for others as it has been for me!
WILS has been a life-changing experience for me! I went in not knowing what I was getting into, but it was an experience that I would never trade for anything! I made so many lifelong friends and so many memories! I can't wait to continue my journey with my WILS family! ❤
WILS was an experience I will never forget! I met so many new people and made a LOT of friends. All staff and student leaders were friendly and helpful. Because of WILS, I have more opportunities to meet others and volunteer.
It has been a pleasure to be a part of Wisconsin Leadership Seminars, Inc. since 2002. This organization is amazing and I have matured and grown as a leader. The programming is amazing and I have developed lifelong friendships with the wonderful members of this organization.
I attended WILS in 2017 and it changed my life for the better! I learned so many valuable leadership skills and made lifelong friendships. I am very thankful that I was chosen to be a part of such an amazing organization.
I attended WILS in 2014 and it was an experience of a lifetime. I didn't attend reunions for a while and was worried that it would be hard to jump back into the group, but I was welcomed with open arms. Everyone that I have met in this organization is caring, motivated, and incredible. I volunteered at the 2017 seminar and will be returning at seminar 2018 as a Junior Staff. I have also attended 5 reunions. WILS has shaped me into who I am and introduced me to people that I will cherish for the rest of my life.
It’s been 17 years since my first WILS experience, and it still remains as one of the most formative and impactful times in my life. The development opportunities WILS presented me with then and ever since have allowed me to grow personally and professionally, all while forming personal bonds with many amazing friends. That is why i continue to be a part of making this experience possible for hundreds of student leaders each year, and it is truly a treat to see just how good our future looks when observing them!
I attended WILS in 2017 and absolutely loved it! The experiences that I had have changed my life forever, I met so many new friends, and learned so much-not only about myself but about others as well. This organization is so amazing and continues to change lives one seminar at a time.
An outstanding program for the youth of Wisconsin! It guided me towards strength and leadership when I was young. I had the opportunity to give back years later as a group facilitator a few times. A rewarding experience to be around so many positive vibes.
I definitely hope to get back into WILS in the near future, but I always know there is a WILS alumni somewhere out in the world, making it a better place.
WILS is an amazing organization and has changed my life for the better. I am so blessed to be on the alumni association board and am grateful for the lifelong friendships I have made.
A truly dynamic organization which continues to inspire and motivates so many young leaders! Not only does the organization sponsor such a spectacular seminar for 200+ deserving Wisconsin students, but also continues to foster and develop leadership skills for the many students who choose to stay involved. I am extremely blessed and honored to have been able to be involved with this organization.
WILS has impacted my life in so many ways. It has helped me find my true self, believe in myself, and most importantly, believe in others and the impact we can all have. WILS events do not last long, but if I ever need a reminder of the things I have learned through this oragnization, I can simply turn to the many life long friends I have made during my time as a student leader and as a alumni!
In my twenty years of experience working in leadership development, I've been lucky enough to encounter many remarkable organizations committed to the important work of helping today's youth identify and nurture their leadership capacity. WILS stands out as one of the most transformative and most comprehensive (not to mention fun, fun, FUN!) leadership development experiences I have ever had the opportunity to be a part of. I am proud to remain connected to several people who credit WILS with helping them recognize and enhance their leadership skills. I'll never forget the several years I spent helping them kick off the weekend, and I continue to support their work with donations.
I will never forget my time at WILS. As a participant, I not only got to volunteer and help others, but met some amazing people as well. WILS has been one of the most impactful experiences of my life. I hope that more people consider volunteering with the program in the future!
I attended WILS in 2013 and have since been involved. I attend reunions, volunteer at numerous events, and am now serving on the Alumni Association Board. This organization has given me more than I could possible explain. Friends for life, confidence, a sense of belonging, and powerful leadership skills to name a few. This has exceeded my life beyond belief. I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to attend this seminar because it is truly life changing. WILS is not something that you leave from. Once you are involved, the things that are taught will stay with you for life.
I met many incredible people through WILS. WILS leadership program gave me the skills and inspiration to make the world a better place. Who I am and what I do to improve myself and my community today is a direct result of the positively impactful time I was privileged to spend at the WILS Seminar. WILS is very empowering and uplifting of students across the state of Wisconsin. Collectively, WILS has had a far reach and incredible impact in the great state of Wisconsin and the people in it. I never forget the time I spent at Seminar, as I am always trying to pay it forward daily in pursuit of making my community a better place, in addition to actualizing those dreams of mine WILS empowered me to believe I could achieve, which is a big first experience to have as a high schooler.
My wish is for everyone to receieve the gift of WILS Seminar.
WILS was an amazing opportunity that wound up being a life changing experience. Going in, I thought it was just going to be something kind of fun that my brother had over-hyped, but upon arriving I felt right at home. Since attending, I have done my best to be at every reunion and opportunity to reunite with my WILS family. WILS has definitely changed my life, and if you have the opportunity to go, I would 100% say go!
Although seminar lasts only a few short days, the impact on my life has been ongoing! WILS completely changed me as a person and enabled me to "find" myself and grow in ways I didn't think I could. Having the ability to meet amazing people from across state and share things about yourself that you wouldn't share with anyone else is a unique experience that WILS offers! Wouldn't have passed up this oppurtunity for the world. :)
WILS was an amazing networking opportunity and changed my life in a matter of 3 days. I can't thank this program enough for introducing me to some of my most cherished friends and a greater sense for leadership. @Australia: Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi!
The Wisconsin leadership seminar is the most supportive, dynamic, and life changing group of people I have ever met. They help shape young adults into strong leaders and help them reach their potential. WILS was the best experience of my life and I hope anyone who has the chance to experience WILS makes the best decision of their life and chooses to attend.
I've never met a more supportive or caring group of people. This organization cares for everyone no matter who they are. They help anyone or any cause! I love how the community members support one another and supported me when I needed some support! The organization truly cares about the lives and the betterment of the community and society as a whole! Words cannot express just how amazing this group of people is and the impact they have had on my and on other!
I went to WILS in 2010 and have returned for reunions whenever possible. WILS helped me see my potential for leadership roles, which boosted my confidence and motivated me to become a student representative on my school board, high school valedictorian, hold several positions within my sorority during college, and continue to pursue my goals of obtaining my PhD and running my own lab. I think that the lessons I learned and the friendships I made at WILS are unlike any other. Everyone at WILS comes from a different place and has had different experiences, but we all share the fact that we have been recognized by our schools as having leadership potential. WILS changed my life and I don't think I would be who I am today or have had the same amount of success if it wasn't for this organization teaching me the skills I needed and providing me with a support network and lifelong friends.
In 2005, I was lucky enough to attend this amazing seminar. Watching the organization grow and change over the last 12 years has been an amazing journey. I can go on and on about the benefits of the seminar - the leadership and life skills you gain, the friendships you make, but what speaks loudest is to meet one of our alumni. We are in all fields of work, making a (big and small) difference in our communities, in ways we likely would not have had we not been given a chance to attend the seminar. I meet many people who are worried about the future, but I'm not - after meeting these teens year after year (and being friends with many more alumni through the years), I have no qualms about where our world is headed. This organization gave me some of my best friends, helped me get great jobs, and made me the person I am today. That's why I'm not just a board member - I'm also a volunteer, and a donor.
I attended WILS this past summer and it was one of the best things that has happened to me! I met so many new friends. WILS taught me so many new things about being a leader and made me more confident. WILS is such a great organization that I am so happy to be apart of!
Going into WILS my sophomore year of high school, I had no idea what to expect. I half expected a weekend full of hokey workshops, boring speakers, and awkward activities designed to teach you how to be a leader. Instead, I found inspiration, passion, self-confidence, and a second family. At WILS, you are not taught "rules on being a good leader". Instead, you are taught how to use your own personal strengths and weaknesses in order to lead not only peers, but lead your own life. The skills that I took away from WILS, and the people I have met through WILS, have impacted my entire life. My college roommate that I have had for the past 3 years, and will have for my final year of undergrad, is actually girl I met at WILS! I am now in my junior year of college pursuing a Biology-biomedical sciences concentration and Spanish double major. I am currently studying for the MCAT and preparing to apply to medical schools this summer to pursue a career in Obstetrics or Neonatology. I am certain I wouldn't be where I am now without WILS.
WILS is an experience like no other. The seminar takes individuals that already exhibit leadership characteristics and exemplifies those traits by surrounding the participants in an environment that encourages individuality and diversity.
My perspective of what a leader looks like changed that week, and that shift was definitely for the better!
WILS honestly changed my life. It was an incredible organization that genuinely wanted to help me become the absolute best person I could be. They instilled a confidence in me that no one else could, and for that I'll always be grateful. It's why I keep coming back - because I think other kids deserve to have that same experience.
WILS is the highlight of my life. It gave me the confidence to discover my passions of leading and volunteering. The environment created at WILS alows me to thrive in a way I never thought possible. Definitely the best thing to ever happen to me.
Easily the most influential group I am a part of. Everyone is willing to help each other, everyone is accepting, and there are great people that serve as the backbone of keeping this organization great and thriving. Honestly blessed!