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     The LeaderShape Institute

    The LeaderShape® Institute at UW-La Crosse will occur from March 13th -18th, 2015. Since its inception in 1986, The LeaderShape® Institute has developed an international reputation as one of the premier leadership development programs for young adults. More than 50,000 young people from colleges, universities, corporations, and organizations across the United States and around the world have graduated from this program.

    The LeaderShape® Institute challenges participants to lead with integrity while working towards a vision grounded in their deepest values. The program content of The LeaderShape® Institute reflects key leadership concepts of vision, partnerships, integrity, and results. In addition, all participants leave the LeaderShape® Institute with a "LeaderShape Breakthrough Blueprint". The LeaderShape Breakthrough Blueprint is a well-conceived vision and plan of action for the participants to implement in their organization, community, or workplace. Once back on campus, the Leadership and Involvement Center and mentors across campus will continue to support LeaderShape graduates as they work toward their goals and vision.

    Now Accepting Self-Nominations for the 2015 UW-L LeaderShape Institute   

    Click above for the application form! Application deadline is January 31, 2015

    For questions regarding this self-nominations process, please email Jaralee Richter ,

    Minimum Qualtifcations/Criteria To Attend:

    • Be able to attend the entire LeaderShape Institute: March 13-18, 2015 at Sugar Creek Camp.
    • Be enrolled at UW-L and be in La Crosse from August 2015- May 2016 following the LeaderShape Institute.
    • Be in good academic standing with UW-La Crosse (a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher).
    • Be able to submit a $25.00 deposit to the University Centers Office, 212 Cartwright Center by January 31, 2015, to hold a place to attend this institute. This deposit will be refunded upon graduation from The LeaderShape Institute.

    Involvement Fest

    Involvement Fest is an organization fair that is held every September. This is a great opportunity for UW-L students to learn about the student organizations that are available on campus. This is also a great opportunity for student organizations to advertise themselves, recruit new student members, and share information about upcoming events. The 2013 Involvement Fest had 100 organizations and community agencies for UW-L students and staff to learn more about campus activities and involvement opportunities.


    Catalyst  is a one-day program designed for anyone who is interested in starting something extraordinary. Participating in Catalyst is a first step in the life-long process of learning, exploration, and action. This program is designed to allow participants the time and space to consider powerful questions that move them towards action. Compelling questions like: Am I on the right path? Who do I want to be? How can I connect with other like-minded individuals? This day may not provide participants the answers to these questions but rather create a community in which participants can engage in meaningful conversations with each other. Throughout the day, participants will identify their strengths as well as recognize the strengths of the members in their community. They will discuss how these contributions can move them to action.

    Catalyst  has been designed primarily for individuals who are open to the exploration of authenticity, connection, and commitment while increasing their capacity to lead. They might currently be members of standing organizations or groups, or be exploring involvement and action in the greater community. The content of the program is designed to meet multiple learning styles of each group. Participants will be engage in small group dialogue, large group interaction, and personal reflection. The content of this day will push participants to get real with themselves. At the end of this experience, participants will leave compelled to start something, to persist, to live in possibility. 

    Catalyst  will take place on September 12th, 2014 from 2:00-9:00pm. Come visit our office in 221 Cartwright to learn more about being a participant!

    Eagle Round Table

    Eagle Round Table is an event that allows emerging student leaders from across campus to attend an open forum to ask questions and discuss campus events, issues, and concerns with Chancellor Joe Gow. This event provides an opportunity to recognize student leaders and allow their voices to be heard by the senior administration on campus. Faculty and staff are selected from areas around campus to speak and socialize with students in a business casual banquet setting with hors d’oeuvres. This event is held once per semester, typically in October and March.


    StrengthsQuest is a program that encourages students to learn about their personal strengths and how they can use their strengths effectively individual and team settings. This event supplies students with a FREE code to take the online StrengthsQuest test tool and also gives students a chance to ask questions to a trained professional about their strengths. Students are taught how to apply their knowledge about their strengths to their personal lives, employment, and professional career. This program is held once per semester, typically in November and February. More information about StrengthsQuest can be found on this website:

    Maximize Your Org

    Maximize Your Org is an event designed for student organizations to get ideas on how to improve their organization. We discuss topics like recruiting, event promotion on campus, fundraising, effective use of social media, brief tutorials of MyOrgs, Cartwright Graphics resources, UC Reservations, printing recourses, campus policies, regulations and more! We always leave time at the end for questions and discussion topics that are not a part of our program to make sure that all students leave with all of the information and recourses that students need to maximize their organizations. We plan 2-3 of these events each semester.