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!

ILS isn’t just a seminar. It’s a family. ILS people are my favorite hello and hardest good-bye. It’s not something you can explain. It’s something you have to feel. I feel it all the time – not just the 3 days of seminar each summer. My life has been forever transformed because of ILS.
Sammy, LeaderMilford High School (2004)

customLogoILS is accredited by the National Society for Youth Leadership (NSYL)