What is Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development?
The Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development (BILLD) is the only leadership training program designed exclusively for Midwestern legislators. The purpose of BILLD is to help newer legislators develop the skills necessary to become effective leaders, informed decision-makers, and astute policy analysts.
The program offers a unique opportunity for lawmakers to improve their leadership skills and explore the issues of the day with nationally renowned scholars, professional development experts, and legislative leaders and colleagues from across the region.
In addition to leadership training, such as conflict resolution and negotiation, BILLD provides policy seminars on issues such as education, corrections, land use, economic development and welfare, as well as professional seminars on media relations and priority management.
The BILLD program is conducted by CSG's Midwestern Office, in cooperation with The Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The program takes place each summer on the University’s campus in Madison.
Each year, 36 lawmakers from the 11 member states of the Midwestern Legislative Conference and its affiliate member, the provinces of Manitoba, Ontario and Saskatchewan, are awarded fellowships on a competitive, nonpartisan basis by a Steering Committee of their peers.