The Institute for Leadership Advancement (ILA) is a leading component of Terry’s educational excellence initiatives.

Since its founding, the Institute for Leadership Advancement (ILA) has maintained its commitment to offering programs at no cost to students to ensure financial need is not a barrier to participation.

ILA students and alumni demonstrate excellence, leadership capability and commitment to grow as servant leaders. For these reasons, recruiters target the ILA network for internships and career positions at companies and organizations such as Chick-fil-A, EY, Google, KPMG, Newell Brands, The Home Depot, Wall Street banks, Delta Air Lines and UPS. ILA’s leadership development programs graduated more than 1,500 UGA students.

By financially supporting ILA, you are part of a transformational program Terry offers to the future generation of business leaders.


Stacy Campbell
  • Synovus Director, Institute for Leadership Advancement

$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.


Established in 2001 with an initial investment from retired Coca-Cola executive Earl T. Leonard, ILA inspires future 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 industry-leading undergraduate leadership programs that enhance the knowledge students gain from their academic majors.

Current Sponsors


UPS logo
Chick-fil-A logo


Synovus logo


Regions Bank logo
The Home Depot logo
Bank of America