Who Are We?
The Willis L. Jones Leadership Center (JLC) is a part of the Center for Leadership & Involvement. The JLC works to 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 workshops for all students. Our workshops provide students with an open, inclusive environment where they learn the information they need to discover their leadership potential. We also host leadership-based speakers, an Emerging Leaders Retreat, and provide sponsorship to external leadership conferences.
Attend One Of Our Upcoming Events!
Workshop Series: How to Manage Conflict
Join us at Sewell Social Sciences on November 29th from 6:00p to 7:00pm to engage in interactive activities focusing on conflict. We will engage in activities that address a variety of conflict scenarios, discuss some of the pros and cons of conflict, discover personal conflict management styles, and apply positive conflict management strategies to real-life examples.
Conversations with Community Leaders: Let’s Talk – Housing Justice with DaMontae January
The Engage 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. This fall, the Willis L. Jones Leadership Center is excited to host speaker DaMontae January from Madison Community Cooperative and Casa del Rainbow in Madison.
Emerging Leaders Retreat
The Jones Leadership Center organizes and sponsors the Emerging Leaders Retreat, a weekend retreat with emerging leaders from UW-Madison. The JLC also sponsors students to go to various leadership conferences.
Be on the lookout for an Emerging Leaders Retreat Application coming next semester!
Authentic Leader of the Month
The Willis L. Jones Leadership Center bases its programs and philosophy around the idea of authentic leadership. The Authentic Leader of the Month (ALM) celebrates and rewards student leaders on campus who use an inclusive, relational approach to guide others towards achieving a shared vision.
Nominate someone here.
The JLC offers a variety of workshops throughout the semester. These are great opportunities to sharpen your leadership skills, dive deeper into topics of interest, and connect with students on campus.
Check out our upcoming workshops and sign up today here: https://win.wisc.edu/organization/jlc
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The Legacy: Willis L Jones
Willis L. Jones was a beloved Madison-area high school coach for over thirty-five years. 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.
The Willis L Jones Leadership Center was established in 2013 by Robert and Dottie King in honor of Willis L Jones. We strive to carry on his legacy of leadership, accountability, and empowerment.
Who We Are
Who We Are
We provide leadership workshops open to all UW-Madison students. Through participation in events through 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
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.
Request a Workshop - A Free, Interactive Experience for Your Organization
The JLC is now offering personalized workshops for all student organizations on campus! Our staff will work with your organization to create an interactive program that fits your group’s
goals and objectives. This is a free service designed to help students develop their leadership skills on campus. Request a workshop for your student organization or residence hall today!
Scout Umnus: Leadership Programing Specialist
Scout is the Leadership Programming Specialist within the Center for Leadership & Involvement and serves as the supervisor for the Jones Leadership Center. She is excited to work with this year’s amazing and dedicated team of student interns.
Avery is a junior majoring in Political Science. She is also pursuing certificates in Public Policy and History. This is her second year working for the JLC, and this year she is focusing on marketing. This year, she is most excited to see her friends at the JLC and for weekly one on one meetings with Scout. Her favorite place in Madison is Lake Mendota, in the summer and winter.
Brynn is a senior majoring in Agricultural and Applied Economics with certificates in Entrepreneurship and Health Policy. This is her second year working with the Jones Leadership Center, and this year she is happy to be on the marketing and staff development teams. This year, she is most excited to work with her JLC teammates and continue to make memories in Madison. Her favorite places in Madison are the Capitol and Indie Coffee.
Chloe is a senior majoring in Consumer Behavior and Marketplace Studies with a certificate in Textile Design. This is her first year working at the JLC and she is currently planning the Emerging Leaders Retreat and works on the Speaker Series Team. This year, she is most excited to get ready for her future. Her favorite place in Madison is the Arboretum.
Payton is a junior majoring in Political Science and Psychology with a certificate in African Studies. This is her first year working for the JLC and she currently works on Staff Development and on our Speaker Series. This year, Payton is most excited for another year at UW and for her internship with the JLC. Her favorite place in Madison is the terrace during summer.
Melody is a sophomore majoring in Consumer Behavior and Marketplace Studies with a certificate in economic analytics. This is her first year working at the JLC and she currently works on the Authentic Leader of the Month and Assessment & Donor Relations teams. This year, she is most excited to spend another year at UW and for her internship at the JLC. Her favorite place in Madison is the terrace.
Britney is a junior majoring in Biology with certificates in Leadership and Global Health. This is her second year working with the JLC and she is currently on the Authentic Leader of the Month and the Leadership Conference Series teams. This year, she is most excited for the JLC’s fall and spring workshops. Her favorite place in Madison is the Capitol.
Rose is a junior majoring in Political Science and History with a certificate in Public Policy. This is her second year working for the JLC and she is currently planning the Emerging Leaders Retreat along with working on the Assessment & Donor Relations team. This year, she is most excited to spend time with friends and take classes that she loves. Her favorite place in Madison is Ancora coffee.
To view past years’ staff, view this document.
Leadership Conferences & Retreats
Emerging Leaders Retreat
We believe emerging leaders should develop agility and adaptability.
The JLC organizes and sponsors the Emerging Leaders Retreat to help current and aspiring leaders on campus explore leadership skills and practice leadership behavior. This year’s retreat will be held in the spring and is free to participants (UW-Madison students only). The event will cover managing transitions, teamwork and conflict resolution, giving and receiving feedback, etc. All costs will be sponsored by the Jones Leadership Center.
If you are interested in developing your leadership skill in a fast-changing environment and understanding the fundamental knowledge of being a successful leader, stay tuned for our Spring 2023 application.
Sponsored Leadership Conferences
Throughout the semester, the JLC sponsors several individuals to attend external leadership conferences. There are currently no applications available for the remainder of the 2022-2023 semester. Check back next semester for more opportunities, and in the meantime, check out our WIN page for JLC-sponsored events.
Bucky Awards Winners
Bucky Awards is sponsored by Student Leadership Program (SLP), and the Jones Leadership Center sponsors the Outstanding Leadership Award. This award is given to a student organization who displays excellent use of leadership skills to work towards a positive change on campus and in the surrounding community. The award recognizes organizations that consistently manifest the core values of the UW- Madison’s Leadership Framework, which are integrity, inclusive engagement, and connection with the community.
This past Spring, representatives from the JLC presented the Outstanding Leadership Award to the Wisconsin Consulting Club. They have made it their mission to provide opportunities for all students to network with industry professionals and alumni while promoting community and university involvement. They also try to educate on various industries in an inclusive and engaging manner, which they continue to work on improving. Congratulations to the Wisconsin Consulting Club!
Authentic Leader of the Month Winners
Our October ALM winner is William Darbyshire. William is a senior majoring in History and Political Science with a certificate in Data Science. He is President of the Wisconsin Speech and Debate Society. He describes his leadership position:
“As President of the Wisconsin Speech and Debate Society, I was proud to be in such a forward-facing role; inviting new members into the organization and making them feel like part of a community was critical to creating a broad and diverse membership base: an important thing for a debating society, where new perspectives can be valuable.”
Click here to see our Authentic Leader of the Month winners from past years!