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G. Lane Ware Leadership Academy

Turning Lawyers into Leaders

Leadership Academy

Leadership  development is an investment in a lawyer’s future and pays back the initial training cost ma​ny times over in improved performance and increased job satisfaction. In addition, leadership skills courses benefit individuals by:

  • Clarifying values and promoting a clearly defined career path
  • Strengthening critical thinking and communication skills
  • Creating well-rounded employees and enhancing team dynamics
  • Demonstrating that people from all walks of life can be great leaders
  • Surrounding them with successful people who want to effect change
  • Increasing confidence
   2023-24 Leadership Acade​my Application deadline 9/11/23


Mission of the G. Lane Leadership Academy:

To provide a diverse and inclusive group of lawyers essential leadership skills, strategies, and resources necessary to empower them to become effective leaders in their careers; their local and state bar associations; their local communities and organizations; and the legal profession.​

The G. Lane Ware Leadership Academy

The Leadership Academy is a comprehensive leadership development-training program created by the State Bar’s Leadership Development Committee. It’s specifically designed to empower participants with the skills, strategies, and resources to become effective leaders in their careers, communities, local and state bar associations, and the profession itself. The presenters are highly regarded national and regional speakers in their respective fields.

“Wisconsin lawyers have a strong history of leadership of our profession, our communities, and our public life. This is a bold step to assure that we will identify, train, and embed a new generation of lawyer-leaders.”
                    Ralph Cagle,
          ​          State Bar President 2015-16

“Looking back, I wish I had gotten started in leadership much earlier in my career. My advice is don’t wait. The G. Lane Ware Leadership Academy is a tremendous opportunity to learn valuable communication and organizational skills for leadership positions of all kinds – in State Bar and legal associations, in the community, and even in your own workplace.”
          ​          Fran Deisinger​,
          ​          State Bar President 2016-17

“The Academy will equip our lawyers with essential skills, tools, and resources to effectively lead and inspire others. This program creates a unique opportunity for lawyers to develop diverse, professional networks and personal relationships with their colleagues and to improve their professional confidence and career satisfaction.”
          ​          Renee Nawrocki
          ​          Former Leadership Development Committee Chair

Discover what past participants have to say about the program.  

The course teaches participants how to:
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  • Develop your time management skills to enhance productivity and efficiency
  • Polish your public speaking to build your reputation and win over your audience
  • Deal effectively with conflicts and turn disputes into opportunities for growth and teamwork
  • Build active listening skills that promote straightforward, competent dialogue
  • Use effective written and oral communication to connect with others and build trust and respect within your organization

“Participating in the State Bar's G. Lane Ware Leadership Academy helped me realize that what I see as weaknesses in myself, people around me see as strengths and leadership qualities.”

Cynthia Herber, 2018-19 G. Lane Ware Leadership Academy


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 The 2023-24 Leadership Academy Class 

Schedule and Deadlines​

2023-24 SCHEDULE:

  • Session 1: November 3 & 4, 2023
  • Session 2: January 19 & 20, 2024
  • Session 3: April 19 & 20, 2024

2023-24 DEADLINES:

  • ​Mon. September 11, 2023: Applications Due
  • Fri. October 6, 2023: Participants Notified of Acceptance
    • Fri. October 13, 2023: $350 Registration Fee Due

    Cost, Location, Scholarships, CLE​

    • ​Cost: ​​​The cost to attend the Leadership Academy is $350. Breakfast and lunch is included. Participants will be responsible for travel and accommodation expenses. Reduced rate lodging is within blocks.
    • Location: All sessions will be held at the State Bar Center, 5302 Eastpark Blvd., Madison
    • Scholarships: A limited number of scholarships provided by the Wisconsin Law Foundation's G. Lane Ware Leadership Fund are available. See application to apply for a scholarship. 
    • CLE: Credits will be applied for after the first session. (Credits will be for the total program and not for each session.)

    Program Agenda and Speakers

    Apply today! 

    Enhance your leadership skills, build your professional networks, inspire your leadership involvement, and foster your​ professional development by applying to the G. Lane Ware Leadership Academy.​​​​​​​​


    Please check back for program information being developed for the 2023-24 Academy. 
    Contact Annette Ashley if you have questions regarding the program.

    Can't Make the 2023-24 Leadership Academy Dates?

    • Here's the tentative 2024-25 Leadership Academy Dates:
      • Session 1: November 22 & 23, 2024
      • Session 2: January 17 & 18, 2025
      • Session 3: April 4 & 5, 2025

    Contact Annette Ashley if you have questions regarding the program.

    If you are a young lawyer interested in greater engagement in the State Bar,
    you may be interested in attending the Leadership Summit to learn more
    about the organization and help you find your niche.
    For more details, please go to: State Bar of Wisconsin Leadership Summit

    If you would like to learn more about the State Bar of Wisconsin's Leadership Academy Program,
    Ready.Set.Practice Mentoring Program or the Leadership Summit Program: 
    State Bar of Wisconsin Leadership Programs