University of Wisconsin–Madison

Barb Kautz-Wittwer

Assistant Director of Leadership Development

barb.kautz@wisc.edu

608-265-6612

Barb Kautz-Wittwer

Areas of Specialty:

Leadership Development, UW-Madison Leadership Framework, Student Organization Fair

What niche do you fill in the Center for Leadership and Involvement?

I advise Student Leadership Programs (SLP), Co-coordinate Leadership @ UW and coordinate the Student Organization Fair

Academic Background:

B.S. in Education from University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, M.S. in College Student Personnel from Western Illinois University.

Areas of Interest:

Home decorating, traveling, politics, shopping and crafting.

Biography:

I grew up in Delafield, WI and moved to Madison in 2003 to work at the center.  I have worked in a number of different areas in the center, including Greek Life, student involvement and leadership development.  I love helping college students to grow and develop as leaders and everyday I feel incredibly lucky to be able to work with these amazing individuals.  Through my work, I have been fortunate enough to be recognized by being awarded the TRIO’s Dr. Brenda Pfachler Excellence Award, Greek Life Council’s Gold Medal Award, Pi Kappa Alpha Distinguished Service Award, Chi Omega Sorority Outstanding Alumni Award, Division of Student Life Wisconsin Experience Award and the Student Personnel Association Excellence in Student Services Award.  In my free time, I love playing with my twin boys and I’m still discovering all of the great things Madison has to offer.

Favorite Quotes:

“In simplest terms, a leader is one who knows where he wants to go, and gets up and goes.” John Arsine
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” Gandhi
“We must become the change we want to see.” Gandhi
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Gandhi

What do you think every student should know about the U-Madison campus?

There are endless opportunities to get involved on-campus, so don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone and take advantage of the experiences this amazing place has to offer!

Also, you do not need to hold a position to be a leader, everyone can make a positive change, therefore everyone has the capacity to be a leader.  Don’t wait for a formal leadership role, take initiative, if you see a problem, be a part of the solution to fix it.