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

    2016 Winter Reunion

    5:30 PM(12/17) - 11 AM(12/18)Crete United Methodist Church

    Anyone who is planning on attending, please do not forget your $20 donation, 2-page overnight consent form, and the food/drink item that corresponds to the first letter of your last name.

    • A-E: snack food
    • F-J: dessert
    • K-Q: drink
    • R-Z: breakfast food for Sunday morning

    We can't wait to see everyone there!

  • 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!

    Please see our Facebook event for more information

    Purchase tickets here: Eventbrite

It was great to be accepted for my extreme enthusiasm and friendliness. Now, I am confident and not intimidated to go up to friends of a friend, or new people, or people I wait on, or even just the person in line next to me at the grocery store. I guess it seems silly, but I wave and smile to people when I drive now. I don’t even know the person, but seminar taught me that it’s never weird or inappropriate to be happy about life.
Jenna, LeaderWinnebago High School (2012)

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