ILA Corporate Sponsorships

The Institute for Leadership Advancement (ILA) is a leading component of Terry's educational excellence initiatives. By preparing graduates to lead organizations across the region, country and world, ILA furthers Terry’s reputation and provides a valuable service to business. By financially supporting ILA, you can be a part of a transformational change that Terry offers to future generations of business leaders.

ILA students – some of the best and brightest at the University – have demonstrated academic excellence, leadership capability and commitment to development as servant leaders. For these reasons, leading corporations recruit ILA students for internal corporate leadership programs, top internships and full-time career opportunities.

Participate as a Corporate Sponsor and help create a new class of leaders.

$10,000 Level

  • ILA website recognition
  • ILA graduation program recognition
  • Recognition at annual student orientations and alumni events
  • Recognition at the Terry Leadership Speaker Series
  • Recognition at the Diversity and Inclusion Lecture Series
  • Invitation to participate in Executive of the Day

$15,000 Level

Previous sponsorship level plus:

  • Invitation to speak to the Leonard Leadership Scholars, ILA Leadership Fellows or both
  • Opportunity to host students for corporate site visits

$25,000+ Level

Previous sponsorship level plus:

  • Invitation to sponsor a professional development event or opportunity to host students for a case study

ILA Corporate Sponsors are recognized through inclusion in the Terry Dean’s Circle of Giving. Recognition opportunities may be available for substantial endowment gifts.


Synovus Director of the Institute for Leadership Advancement and Associate Professor
Laura Little

Development Officer
Heather Howarth

Current Sponsors


  • Chick-fil-A
  • UPS


  • Synovus
  • Westrock


  • EY
  • Regions


Established in 2001, with an initial investment from retired Coca-Cola executive Earl T. Leonard, ILA has been inspiring "new" leaders to serve their communities and organizations from a perspective grounded in ethics and personal values. To facilitate this mission, Leonard and other early donors provided operating funds to support innovative undergraduate leadership programs that enhance the expertise students gain from their academic majors.

What we do

ILA students apply theoretical learning to personal assessment, development exercises and community service initiatives to enhance their understanding of personal and organizational leadership effectiveness. Through these programs — the Leonard Leadership Scholars Program (exclusively for Terry College majors) and the ILA Leadership Fellows Program (for students in any UGA major) students learn and experience leadership and its ability to enhance the lives of others — locally and globally. Since its inception, over 1500 UGA students have graduated from ILA leadership development programs. These students — some of the best and brightest at the University and highly recruited by top companies — demonstrate academic excellence, leadership capability and a commitment to values-based leadership.

For more information, please contact Laura Little or Heather Howarth.