There really is no way for the MLS Board of Directors to explain the impact that the Missouri Leadership Seminar on the lives of the students and staff that have the opportunity to attend. Having said that, we thought the best way to enlighten schools, parents, volunteers and our supporters was to go directly to the source, the alumni and staff.

Please take a moment to read the following testimonials that have been submitted. To become an active volunteer or for further information on the Missouri Leadership Seminar, please email us at missourileadership@gmail.com

Video Testimonials:

Grace Carlson

2013 Ambassador, Staley High School

MLS has changed my life. As ridiculous as this sounds, the three days I spent at seminar have impacted me in ways I could never have imagined. It’s not just the amazing friends and memories I made, but the entire experience made me into a better leader, a better friend, and a better person. I am no longer shy in large crowds, I reach out to people I don’t know, and I truly believe that a warm fuzzy can turn someone’s day around. The people of MLS are the best in the world; this is an incredible organization doing incredible things to change the lives of today’s students!

Abbie Ford

Ambassador 2013, Osborn High School

MLS has really changed my life. I’ve met some of my closest and most meaningful friends through Missouri Leadership Seminar and it was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. Thank you MLS for all the great memories!

Taylor Libbert

2012 Ambassador, Fatima High School

MLS is amazing, simply put. By the end, I was thoroughly shock by warm everyone was to one another — so filled with optimism and enthusiasm. They taught me how to live like that with leadership skills too. MLS changed my perception on so many issue — for the better, of course. I still keep in touch with people from my ambassador year.Honestly, I wouldn’t be who I am today if it were not for MLS.

Amanda Klopcic

2011 Ambassador, Clopton High School

MLS was such an eye-opening and life-changing experience for me. I learned so much more about the world and the people in it, while making friends that will be by my side for the rest of my life.

Annie Henning

2011 Ambassador, Lafayette High School

Missouri Leadership Seminar was the most amazing experience of my life! It is impossible to explain how moving one weekend can be, let alone believe! Because of this weekend, I have been able to embrace my inner leader and opened doors that I never thought were even a possibility for for me. I have become a better version of myself because of this experience. At the seminar, you do not learn leadership by listening to a lecture about how to “fit the mold”. As an ambassador, you learn leadership through hands on experience and critical thinking in a no judgement zone. Most importantly, MLS has become such a major part of my life that the people at this seminar have become a second family to me. I love coming back every year and seeing this family grow.

Sarah & Jerry Vaughan

Volunteers for the MLS Board of Directors, Grain Valley, Missouri

Our daughter, Hannah, was an Ambassador in 1998. She returned as a Junior Facilitator (JuFa) every year until she turned 21. Since her seminar year, she has won various awards, studied and traveled abroad, graduated from college and is now entering graduate school. To this day, she still marks her time at the seminar as one of the most life changing events she has experienced.

Beverly Shelton, GFWC–General Federation of Women’s Clubs Representative

MLS Board of Directors, Independence, Missouri

Since my first experience as a Dinner-with-a-Pro participant in 1986 and then working actively for many years as the Director of Facilities, I have met and observed many outstanding leaders as they developed through the years. Due to my age, I must now limit my involvement to Board of Directors meetings, serving as TRAIL Chairman for the GFWC of Missouri to secure GFWC club support throughout the state and getting club members in my own GFWC district to provide DOZENS & DOZENS & DOZENS of homemade cookies for the seminar. It has been a great experience and I cherish the many friends that I have made in my 20 years working with the Youth Leadership Seminars!

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