The ILS Experience.

What is Illinois Leadership Seminar?

Illinois Leadership Seminars is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that exists to make a difference and teach life-long leadership skills to high school students in Illinois who demonstrate a spark of leadership. We encourage leadership development by:

  • Providing the essential tools and skills for leadership development
  • Exposing students to a broad spectrum of views and opinions
  • Creating an open and inclusive environment in which thoughts and ideas may be freely exchanged
  • Instilling an appreciation for the diversity of the world
  • Providing on-going support through our alumni group, volunteers and other opportunities


Leaders participate in team-building activities, community service, a talent showcase, small group discussions; listen to motivational speakers and panels of key leaders from various industries and much more.

We encourage leadership development through emphasis on personal responsibility, volunteerism, increased awareness of social and community issues, and an open-minded analysis of all sides of an issue when making decisions.

Upcoming Events

  • Sat

    Silent Auction & Wine Tasting

    Come join us for the 9th Annual Wine Tasting & Silent Auction to support the Illinois Leadership Seminars in February 2017!

This seminar has changed my life in so may ways I couldn’t even explain them all on paper. One of the major things it taught me was to never stand by and watch as someone was being bullied or picked on. This could also go for standing up for people being persecuted in different parts of the world. Thank you ILS for making me a better person.
Michael, LeaderSt. Joseph High School (2014)

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