Institute for Leadership Advancement


The Institute for Leadership Advancement offers The University of Akron’s only comprehensive academic and co-curricular leadership programs to students of all academic majors and interests. Established within the College of Business Administration in 2012 through a gift from The J.M. Smucker Company, the Institute for Leadership Advancement was envisioned to develop new leaders who will positively affect business for future generations.

Expert faculty and industry professionals lead our classes and programs for a theory-to-practice experience that prepares our students to hit-the-ground running upon graduation. We provide opportunities through academic courses, co-curricular workshops and events, global immersions, leadership projects, and more. These meaningful experiences – both practical and through innovative leadership projects – prepare our students to grow into strong, impactful leaders.


Leadership Designation Program

Structured, comprehensive leadership program that includes a capstone project.



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Leadership Development Groups

Collaboration to learn leadership concepts while meeting new students.



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Global Leadership Initiative

Travels to Jamaica, Haiti, and select other countries for a cross-cultural leadership and service experience.



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6100:200 Personal Leadership Skills

1 – credit class over two Saturdays includes teamwork day at Army Camp Ravenna.



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