Turning Lawyers into Leaders
Leadership development is an investment in a lawyer’s future and pays back the initial training cost many 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
2020-21 Leadership Academy Details
The Leadership Academy is a
highly interactive, hands-on program.
As a result, with our present COVID-19
limitations in place, we’ll be back on
track in 2021-22 with an in-person
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.”
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.”
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.”
Former Leadership Development Committee Chair
Discover what past participants have to say about the program.
The course teachs participants how to:
- 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
The 2019-20 Leadership Academy Class
Schedule, Presenters and Deadlines
- There will be no regular 2020-21 Leadership Academy. The Leadership Academy is a
highly interactive, hands-on program. As a result, with our present COVID-19
limitations in place, we’ll be back on track in 2021-22 with an in-person
The cost to attend the Leadership Academy is $325. Breakfast and lunch is included. Participants will be responsible for travel and accommodation expenses. A limited number of scholarships are available and CLE credit will be applied for.
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.
There will be no regular 2020-21 Leadership Academy. Please check back for program information being developed for the 2021-22 Academy. Contact Annette Ashley if you have questions.
Here's the 2021-22 Leadership Academy Dates:
- Session 1: November 5 & 6, 2021
- Session 2: January 21 & 22, 2022
- Session 3: April 8 & 9, 2022
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 see www.wisbar.org/ls.