15 Years of Leadership

During the 2017-2018 academic year, we celebrated 15 years of the Illinois Leadership Center! We have been able to do some amazing things these past 15 years! Some of the highlights include:

  • Nearly 800 students have completed the Leadership Certificate Program
  • Over 14,000 attended  i-Programs
  • More than 22,000 attended a leadership workshop
  • 67 students served as Graf Interns
  • Some 1,500 faculty, staff, alumni, and community members have helped to build Illini Leaders as facilitators or Certificate Coaches

We are proud to have impacted so many in the pursuit of helping to build better leaders! We celebrated these accomplishments in conjunction with the University's sesquicentennial (150 years anniversary of the University) and the Campaign for Illinois by counting down 15 reasons to celebrate the Illinois Leadership Center. Read below to learn about our 15 reasons to celebrate the Illinois Leadership Center!


Support the ILC

As we continue to plan for the next 15 years, we look forward to your continued support. You can assist the Illinois Leadership Center by your time, talent, and treasure. 

How can you help?  By serving as a volunteer coach in our Leadership Certificate Program, an alumni coach at our one-day Imprint i-Program (usually in February), or as a speaker in our Alumni Workshop Series.

Here is what your financial contribution to the ILC could do:

In honor of the ILC 15th Anniversary:

A 5-year pledge of $1500 annually ($7500 total), would be a gift of $125/month

A 5-year pledge of $3000 annually ($15,000 total), would be a gift of $250/month

Click here to make a gift now


Please contact Dr. Gayle Spencer, Director, at gspencer@illinois.edu or 217-333-0604 for assistance or questions. 


15 Reasons to Celebrate the ILC


15. Continuing to Impact Students in a Huge Way; a Recap of the Fall Semester

14. Outcome Driven Programs & Services: The Illinois Leadership Model

13. Save the Date: A Celebration of 15 Years of Leadership in Chicago

12. The Leadership Certificate Program

11. The Evolution of i-Programs

10. Engaging Alumni as Educators

  9. Growth of our Scholarly Profile: A Boom in Academic Initiatives

  8. The Institute by Leadershape, our First Leadership Program

  7. The Leadership Workshop Series: Reaching More Students than Ever Before

  6. The Birth and Growth of the Leadership Minor

  5. The Illinois Leadership Inventory

  4. Student Employment and its Transformative Impact

  3. The Impact of Corporate Engagement and Donors

  2. Total Impact of our Programs the Last 15 Years

  1. The Next 15 Years