Institute for Leadership Advancement

The Institute for Leadership Advancement (ILA) was established in 2001 to develop values-based leaders that serve their communities and organizations. 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 with an added 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.

Past and Present

To learn more about the Institute for Leadership Advancement’s past and present, read about the ILA legacy from 2001 to present and learn about a few of our amazing alumni.

ILA Honor Roll

ILA is grateful to the many students, parents, alumni, corporations, foundations and friends who continue to support the efforts of the institution. Because of you, ILA is able to develop values-based, impact-driven leaders. Click here to view our 2020 Honor Roll.

Institute for Leadership Advancement Offerings

Leadership Fellows


The year-long Leadership Fellows program, open to all UGA students, provides leadership development through innovative courses and challenging service-learning opportunities. There are two application periods; applications for Spring Fellows opens August 1 and applications for Fall Fellows opens December 1. Participants in the program will earn the Certificate in Personal and Organizational Leadership.

Leonard Scholars


The two-year long Leonard Leadership Scholars Program, open to all Terry majors, provides personalized leadership development through innovative courses, enriching extra-curricular activities, and challenging service-learning opportunities. The student commitment creates and sustains a strong servant-leader culture. Participants in the program will earn the 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.

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Current Sponsors


  • Chick-fil-A
  • UPS


  • Synovus
  • Westrock


  • EY
  • Regions


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Athens, GA 30602



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