July 28 - 31, 2024

Since its inception in 1999, well over 600 AWS volunteers have participated in this annual event, and many have held prominent committee roles within AWS and have served on the AWS Board of Directors.

To ensure a participation is representative of the Society’s diverse membership, there are several ways in which AWS Members are invited to participate:

AWS Student Representatives

The AWS Membership Committee chooses 5 students to participate in the AWS Leadership Symposium as AWS Student Representatives. Students whose activities have produced outstanding school and community achievements and who exhibit exceptional leadership skills are encouraged to apply.

AWS Student Representative Application Deadline

Student Representative applications must be received by AWS World Headquarters by 11:59 PM EST on February 25, 2024.

Click here to complete the AWS Student Representative application.

AWS District Representatives

During their annual District Conferences, each of the 22 Districts selects one individual to represent their District at the AWS Leadership Symposium, which is conducted at AWS World Headquarters in Doral (Miami), FL.

District Representative Nomination Forms must be submitted no later than 2 weeks prior to your District's 2024 AWS District Conference. If you have questions about your District’s District Conference, please contact your AWS District Director. AWS District Director contact information can be found by visiting https://www.aws.org/About/#governance and clicking the “District Directors” tab.

Click here to complete the AWS District Representative Nomination Form.

AWS Section-Sponsored Representatives

A limited number of slots is reserved for participation by members whose AWS Section has committed to sponsoring their participation. Section-Sponsored slots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Please connect directly with your Section to express your interest in participating in the AWS Leadership Symposium to explore the possibility of serving as an AWS Section-Sponsored Representative.

AWS Future Leader Participants

The American Welding Society (AWS) initiated the Future Leaders Program to develop the next generation of AWS leaders and to aid in the continuing efforts of AWS to ensure a diversity of viewpoints reflective of the entire AWS membership, especially the next generation of welding industry professionals. The Future Leaders Program offers opportunities for early career members of the welding community to interact with industry leaders to contribute to AWS at the highest level of governance.

Click here to learn more about the AWS Future Leaders Program.

AWS Board of Directors Participants

Incoming members of the AWS Board of Directors are invited to participate to ensure that all members of AWS’s Board of Directors have participated in the AWS Leadership Symposium experience.