Student Life Leadership Development

Student Life offers many opportunities to develop as a leader during your time as a student! Through participating in any of the opportunities below, you will have the opportunity to engage with other students, reflect on your own leadership strengths and style, and participate in experiences that will help you further develop your skills. Leadership skills and experiences are highly valued by employers and admissions offices during the transfer process.

With questions, please reach out to Ellie Rome (

Work on YOU Wednesday

Work on YOU Wednesday sessions are open to all students, and provide an opportunity for you to learn about and practice a different leadership skill each month. All sessions are 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, and include a lunch with the workshop. Specific dates and times for each semester’s workshops can be found in WolfPack Connect. The topics that are covered throughout the year include:

  • Navigating Conflict
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Introduction to Leadership
  • Leading with Values
  • Motivating Others to Act
  • Leading Through Failure


The NSLS is the largest leadership honor society in the United States. Our NSLS chapter at Madison Area Technical College was started in 2016. Our local chapter is part of the national organization with 700+ chapters and over 1.4 million members. 

Students are selected based on exemplary academic achievement. As of 2021 we have 1,092 members who have access to:

The NSLS leadership program teaches the interpersonal skills that employers seek to give you an edge in the job market. Hear directly from current members as they share how their experience has changed their life.

If you become a member, some of the other benefits are:

  • Learn from exceptional leaders like former President Barack Obama during exclusive Speaker Broadcasts.
  • Meet new friends and make lifelong connections (on-campus and virtually).
  • Overcome challenges with success coaches shortcutting your way to success.
  • Access to private networking events.

Visit the NSLS website to learn more about and accept your nomination. 

Frequently Asked Questions:

Some of the common questions we receive are listed below. If you have any other questions, visit to chat with a team member or email

What do I have to do to become inducted?

Our five-step program takes approximately 12 hours over the course of the semester at your pace. 

Is this recognized on campus?

We are a an official organization within Student Life at Madison College. As of 2021, we had 1,092 in our chapter and there are more than 1.4 million members nationwide.

Leadership Certificate

Madison College's Student Life Leadership Certificate gives you the opportunity to build on past leadership experiences, learn to become a better leader, and demonstrate to employers that you are capable of taking on a leadership or supervisory role. You will work with Student Life staff to bring your experience together and learn how to present those experiences in a professional way for future interviews or applications. Upon completion, you will be recognized at the annual Celebration of Student Success Banquet with a special medallion that you can wear at graduation.

There is no limit on the amount of time that a student can spend working on the steps to complete the certificate, but in order to be recognized at the Celebration of Student Success, all steps must be completed by April 15 each year.

To apply for the program, contact Ellie Rome (link to

Foundation of Leadership: Each student must complete one of the “Foundations of Leadership” as a starting point for the Student Life Leadership Certificate:

  • National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS): Become an inducted member of NSLS by completing the Orientation, Leadership Training Day, 3 Speaker Broadcasts, and 3 Success Networking Team meetings. Cost: $95
  • Phi Theta Kappa (PTK): Be invited to join PTK once you meet eligibility requirements (3.5 cumulative GPA and completed 12 credits), and complete the Competitive Edge Program. Cost: $75
  • Independent Track: Work with Student Life to participate in at least two leadership experiences (including workshops, conferences, webinars, or readings) OR complete 6 credits of courses with a leadership component and hold a leadership role within a College or community organization.

Community Service: Students must complete and log (through WolfPack Connect) 20 hours of service to a non-profit organization. Service must be completed while enrolled at Madison College, but can be completed over multiple semesters or years.

Informational Interviews: Students must complete informational interviews with two individuals in a career they are interested in pursuing or who have leadership qualities that the student admires. A summary of the interview must be submitted, including a description of the conversation and the lessons learned.

Capstone Presentation: Students will prepare and give a 15-minute presentation on what they have learned throughout their leadership and involvement experiences at Madison College. The presentation connects a student’s experiences to their future career and/or educational goals, and they will receive feedback from Student Life staff.