Our Partners

Corporate Partnerships

Since its inception, the Illinois Leadership® Center has partnered with forward-thinking organizations interested in helping develop the leaders of tomorrow. We look for both financial partners and volunteers. In the past, representatives from our Corporate Partners have served as facilitators at programs, mentored Illinois students, presented at workshops, and provided advice on curriculum for the Center's programs.

What Are the Benefits of a Partnership?

  • Engage with motivated, diverse students. Illinois Leadership Center programs draw students from each academic college, across all class years, and are representative of campus demographics. Partnership with the Leadership Center can lead to engagement with this diverse group, where each student is voluntarily interested in developing their leadership skills.
  • Build a campus profile. Our programs transcend campus, and include faculty, administrators, and alumni.
  • Create a leadership development brand. The need for developing young leaders is more important now than ever before. A partnership with the Illinois Leadership Center helps highlight leadership development as a priority within your organization.

To start the process, or inquire for more information, please contact the Illinois Leadership Center leadership@illinois.edu.


Rolls Royce has been a corporate partner with the Illinois Leadership for several years. Not only does Rolls Royce financially support the center, Rolls Royce employees volunteer at our i-Programs and serve as Leadership Certificate Coaches. Rolls Royce is passionate about innovation & leadership and their contributions have directly supported the creation of the Innovation i-Program (set to debut in Spring 2016).  Their contributions allow the Illinois Leadership Center to continue to provide high quality leadership education to Illinois students.


Individual Partners

Generous individuals, alumni, and annual gift donors have made significant contributions to the Illinois Leadership Center. Their support helps makes it possible for Illinois students to participate in high quality leadership education offered at the Illinois Leadership Center at no additional cost to them. We offer our sincere gratitude for all of our donors. We would like to highlight some of our donors’ and their generosity below:

Tony Petullo

Tony Petullo’s gift made the largest outright gift ever received by Student Affairs, which was used as the seed funding to establish the Illinois Leadership Center. Now the Insight i-Program bares Tony’s namesake as the Petullo Insight Program. 

John A. Graf

A generous gift from John and his wife, Maureen created the Graf Internship Program for the Illinois Leadership® Center. The Graf Internship is a pre-professional opportunity that allows students the opportunity to help deliver leadership education across campus.

Richard & Timothy Cavenaugh

The gift from Rick and Tim provided much needed funding to establish a resource library at the Illinois Leadership Center. The Cavenaugh Leadership Resource Library is home to over 1,000 leadership resources that are available for checkout to Illinois students & staff.

Tracey Glancy

Tracey Glancy was an Imprint Alumni Coach in 2012 and in doing so was inspired to make a gift to the Illinois Leadership Center. Tracey sees the value in helping students understand their personal strengths and weaknesses, perform better on teams, and the ability to motivate others to accomplish mutual goals. 

Jane Donaldson

Jane Donaldson became a sponsor in 2003 specifically for the Ignite Program. She decided to support the program because she feels leadership is an important aspect of a student's education. Ms. Donaldson is particularly fond of the Ignite program because of its components in leading change and systems thinking. 

Drs. Lisa Nerad Davis and Roger Davis

The support of Drs. Lisa and Roger Davis began when Illinois Leadership® was only a concept. They have continued their sponsorship each year to help encourage students to be leaders in their local communities after graduation. 

Jeff Moss Memorial Fund

Dr. Jeffrey Wayne Moss was a Program Director at the Illinois Leadership Center with a joint appointment as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Human and Community Development in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.

Dr. Moss was instrumental in the creation of the Leadership Certificate, as well as writing the curriculum for and teaching AGED 260, Introduction to Leadership, and the capstone leadership course, Integrating Leadership. At the time of his passing in June 2005, the Moss family designated a gift to create the Jeffrey W. Moss Outstanding Leadership Coach Award to recognize outstanding Leadership Coaches who support, encourage, inspire, and mentor students participating in the Leadership Certificate Program. The Illinois Leadership® Center at the University of Illinois is grateful to Mr. and Mrs. John D. Moss and the Loranda Group, Inc. for their generosity in establishing the Jeff Moss Memorial Fund.