"A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way." — John C. Maxwell

Leadership skills are meaningful no matter where your career journey takes you. In almost any role, you can contribute to improved productivity and positive culture in your organization.

At Waubonsee, you can gain leadership experience as an active member of a student organization, through participation in service events, and by taking on responsibilities related to events and activities on campus.

We also have several programs specific to leadership development: the Engaging Leaders Program, Leadership Summit, Leadership Speakers and the iEngage Lunch Series. Come in and chat with the Student Life staff to find a leadership opportunity that works for you!

Engaging Leaders: A Student Leadership Program

The Engaging Leaders Program helps students develop and strengthen their leadership skills. Whether you have past leadership experience or are looking for new opportunities, the Engaging Leaders Program will meet your individual needs. You’ll participate in dynamic activities designed to help you form your own personal Leadership Philosophy, which is a great tool to help guide your decisions.

Acceptance is competitive and space is limited. The program will be offered each semester. Participants must be available on Thursdays from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. for the semester they participate. Participants will move through the program as a cohort and must attend all components in order to complete the program. This semester's program topics are sure to be impactful.

Date Topic
2/15 Orientation
2/22 Model the Way
3/1 Inspire a Shared Vision
3/8 Challenge the Process
3/15 Spring Break- no session
3/22 Servant Leadership
3/29 Enable Others to Act
4/5 Encourage the Heart
4/12 Waubonsee/ Local Leaders Panel
4/19 Leadership Philosophy Presentations

All fall and spring participants will be recognized at the Leadership Awards Ceremony on Thursday, April 26 at 3:30 p.m. in the Auditorium.

Applications for the spring session are no longer being accepted. Please check back in August for fall 2018 applications. 

iEngage Lunch Series

Four times each semester, we invite students to a free lunch with a Waubonsee faculty, staff or administrator to learn about their leadership styles, philosophies, life paths and more. This is a great opportunity to make connections across campus with people who can help you along the way, offer great advice, and maybe even serve as a mentor.

All lunches take place from 12:30 - 2 p.m. on the Sugar Grove Campus in the Student Center café unless otherwise noted. Check back regularly to get updates about the individuals leading the iEngage Lunch session.

  • Thursday, February 1: Gary Clark, Professor of English
  • Wednesday, February 28: Dr. Christine Sobek, President
  • Tuesday, March 27: Dr. Heather LaCost, Professor of Psychology
  • Wednesday, April 18: Dr. Jamal Scott, Vice President of Strategic Development

Register here for an iEngage Lunch Series session.

Leadership Speakers

The National Society for Leadership and Success hosts various speakers each semester, with a live broadcast to Waubonsee. The events are open to all students and feature compelling leadership lessons, stories, inspiration and more from some of today's most interesting leaders. Past speakers have included Sir Richard Branson, Simon Sinek, Jesse Eisenberg, Trevor Noah, Barbara Corcoran and more. If you're unable to attend an event in person, all speaker events are rebroadcast; check out the calendar for this semester's speaker lineup.

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Visit Student Life on the Sugar Grove Campus in the Student Center, Room 126

Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

(630) 466-2369