The Institute for Leadership Advancement (ILA) was established in 2001 to develop a new class of values-based leaders that serve their communities and organizations. To accomplish this goal, ILA instills leadership capabilities, layered on top of the student’s academic major, that promote self-development, effective communication, team work, innovation, and adaptability in a changing, global environment. ILA courses are academically based but also focus on developing leadership skills beyond the classroom, through service-learning initiatives. Our certificate programs aim to develop leaders who are well trained and embrace ILA’s core values of responsibility, stewardship, excellence, integrity, and purpose.

Certificate Programs

ILA facilitates two undergraduate leadership certificate programs:

Completion of either program earns a Certificate in Personal and Organizational Leadership.

Terry Leadership Speaker Series

The Terry Leadership Speaker Series presented by the Institute for Leadership Advancement brings well-known leaders from a variety of organizations to the Terry College of Business and the University of Georgia. In these student-oriented forums, leaders are asked to discuss their unique leadership styles and experiences.

Corporate Sponsorships

By financially supporting ILA you can be a part of a transformational change that Terry offers future generations of business leaders. Learn more.



Arthur Blank talks to students about Home Depot's culture at the Terry Leadership Speaker Series

The theme that runs through all of Arthur Blank’s ventures, from Home Depot to The Atlanta Falcons, is a commitment to a customer-first, principled culture.


Accounting major went from representing UGA in the pool to representing some of the biggest names in entertainment and sports

A former collegiate swimmer for UGA and certified public accountant with KPMG in Los Angeles, Chris Brearton (BBA ’92) fielded questions at a Terry Leadership Speaker Series event about his failures at networking, why teamwork matters, and the single best lesson he learned at UGA.