The Institute for Leadership Advancement (ILA) is a highly selective leadership development program within the Terry College of Business. It instills leadership capabilities, layered on top of a student’s academic major, that promote self-development, effective communication, teamwork, innovation, and adaptability in a changing, global environment.
ILA was established in 2001 by UGA graduate Earl Leonard, a former Coca-Cola Company executive, who felt that business students were not educated enough in the soft skills necessary for the business world. He founded the program upon the foundational values of purpose, responsibility, integrity, stewardship, and excellence.
There are two certificate programs within ILA. The Leadership Fellows program is a year long, open to any major, accepts 60 applicants, and provides leadership development through innovative courses and challenging service learning opportunities. The Leonard Scholars program is two years long, open to any Terry major, accepts 30 applicants, and provides leadership development through innovative courses, enriching extra-curricular activities, and a challenging service learning project. Students in both programs earn a certificate in Personal & Organizational Leadership.
ILA opens so many opportunities for UGA students to network with corporate executives, alumni, and other driven students, both professionally and personally. Building that network fosters a community of inspiration, passing down advice, and celebrating the victories of peers. ILA isn’t just for now; it’s for life.