Student leaders' conference, 2014.

The LeaderShape® Institute

Interested in attending a national session
of The LeaderShape Institute?

Then read on!

LeaderShape participants

The ESD annually sponsors three College of Engineering students to attend a national session of The LeaderShape Institute® with college students from across the country.

The 2014 session will take place:

  • July 27-August 1, 2014, at the Allerton Conference Center in Champaign, IL

The purpose of The LeaderShape Institute is to produce a breakthrough in the leadership capacity of participants. This highly interactive and energizing program provides the tools for individuals to:

  1. Increase their commitment to act consistently with core ethical values, personal values, and convictions.

  2. Enhance their capability to develop and enrich relationships as well as strengthen their commitment to respect the dignity and contributions of all people.

  3. Embrace the belief in a “healthy disregard for the impossible.”

  4. Develop the capability to produce extraordinary results.

Applications are due by 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 5, 2014. Students who apply to attend must commit to the full six-day session. Those selected will be notified no later than Friday, February 21st. The program registration fee, which includes housing, all meals and activities, will be covered by the ESD. Travel arrangements will also be covered assuming all three students agree to travel to the Allerton Conference Center together in a UW or State of WI vehicle that can be reserved through the ESD.

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Here is what past COE attendees had to say about the program:

“LeaderShape was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me; the knowledge we gained, lessons we learned, opinions we developed, friendships we nurtured, and the characters we built in that week will remain with us throughout our life and will always contribute towards the improvement of this world.” — Muhammad, 2013

“LeaderShape was an incredible experience and I would recommend it to anyone striving to be a leader with integrity. I learned so much in that one week and cannot say enough thanks for the opportunity.” — Tia, 2012

“LeaderShape is more than a ‘camp.’ It is a chance for leaders from across the United States to find out what they care about, find out how to put that passion into action, but more importantly, find others who feel the same way and can develop their ideas into reality.” — Emily, 2011


Ji, Missy, and Paul at LeaderShape

LeaderShape 2010:
Ji Liu, Missy Setz, and Paul Fossum

Jide, Emily, and Andy at LeaderShape

LeaderShape 2011:
Jideofor Onyeneho, Emily Florence and Andrea Sotirin

The ESD would like to thank Dick Moll, professor emeritus of engineering professional development and materials science and engineering, for his generous donation and sponsorship of a College of Engineering (CoE) student's attendance at a national session of The LeaderShape Institute.® Moll spent 42 years at UW-Madison and taught hundreds of courses in his specialty — product safety and product liability prevention. He retired from the CoE in 2008. Moll is a huge advocate of service learning and leadership development opportunities for students and believes in the benefits these programs provide, both to society and to the students. The mission and intended outcomes of The LeaderShape Institute® inspired him to give, as this dynamic six-day program is designed to produce a breakthrough in the leadership capacity of its participants — benefiting not only the students themselves, but also their respective campuses and organizations they will go on to lead and serve in the future. Moll’s gift was matched by the College of Engineering through a grant received from the Pieper Family Foundation.

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