About Our Programs


The Wildcat Leadership Institute (WLI) is committed to the development, practice, and recognition of leadership opportunities for our Chico State community. Our campus and local community offer several experiences for students, faculty, and staff to advance their leadership skills. Through creation, collaboration, and promotion, the WLI can connect YOU to these opportunities and better equip YOU to lead on campus, in our community, and in the workplace.

Our signature Wildcat Leadership Institute programs include:

Launch Experience for Transfer Success (LET’S) Program

The Launch Experience for Transfer Success is semester-long program designed specifically for transfer students. Participants network with alumni and employers, connect with campus resources, and develop a personalized plan to achieve their career goals. Participants also earn one of the WLI leadership certificates.  Click to learn more about LET’S and to apply.

Freshman Leadership Opportunity (FLO)

FLO is a year-long program designed for freshmen who want to get involved in the Chico State campus and community. Students make connections with FLO participants, discover their leadership interests, and engage in leadership opportunities across campus. Participants also earn one of the WLI leadership certificates.  Click here to learn more about FLO and to apply.

WLI Certificate Program

The WLI offers multiple semester-long certificate programs. Participants develop leadership skills that employers seek when they recruit at Chico State, and they network with alumni and employers. Students who complete 4 WLI Certificates become members of the 1887 Leadership Society. Click to learn more about  which Certificates are offered during Spring 2019 and to apply.

WLI Speaker Series

The WLI Speaker Series features speakers and alumni from all backgrounds and experiences that share their leadership expertise and advice with our Chico State students, faculty, and staff. These events are open to the entire campus community.


LeadCat is a one-day event before the start of the fall semester that exposes first-year and transfer students to ways to get involved across campus and in our Chico community. Participants engage in activities to help them connect with each other and current student leaders. Click to learn more about LeadCat 2019. To apply, please stay tuned and come back later.