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

There is nothing scheduled as of right now.

I feel that ILS has made me better person. I’m not just saying that to play up the seminar. I can honestly say that I finally realize that I can make a difference in the world just by being myself. I’m not sure that I totally felt that way before the seminar. It was a great feeling to know that I have these people whom I’ve known for only 24 hours supporting me. I hope that there will be many more years of ILS so that I can stay involved and learn even more.
Karly, LeaderMarian Central Catholic High School (2009)

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