Women in Leisure Services (WILS) is a national organization for professional women involved in the delivery of recreation in private, commercial and municipal settings. A network of chapters serves administrators, supervisors, educators, therapists and armed forces professionals throughout the country.

The organization was founded in 1935 as Chi Kappa Rho by Helen I. Pontius, a recreation professional in Los Angeles, California. The original name was derived from three Greek letters XKP symbolizing Character, Knowledge, and Recreation.


  • To provide a forum for women in leisure and community services to exchange ideas and enrich their professional skills
  • To develop programs related to professional growth and personal development
  • To create a support system for recognition and advancement of members of the organization
  • To foster friendships, self-enrichment, and networking for professional assistance