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We are excited to announce our new name as the Institute for Leadership and Social Impact. We are an interdisciplinary institute that promotes servant leadership and organizational practices that contribute to a more just, caring, and equitable world.

Through workshops, coursework, grants, and a major lecture series (Impact), the Institute for Leadership and Social Impact empowers our community to account for the economic, social, and environmental impacts of businesses. We bring together students, researchers, business leaders, and social entrepreneurs in ways that stimulate core-level change.

We foster leadership development and collaboration between academia, for-profits, and non-profits, promoting the spirit of entrepreneurship and a broad sensitivity to human-centered values. 

Our ultimate goal is to enhance the capacity of Georgia Tech to produce graduates who are motivated and prepared to contribute to just, caring, and sustainable societies. 


Former Scheller College Dean Terry C. Blum has the unique position of being able to look at the Scheller College of Business within the larger picture of the Georgia Institute of Technology. In 2006, she set out to fill in some of the gaps she realized existed. Dr. Blum wanted to focus on the ecosystem of societal value creation and servant leadership while encouraging collaborative pedagogy.

When the ILSI was founded, the Impact Speaker Series and the Leadership Roundtable were incorporated and expanded. Since that time, the ILSI has grown programmatically and extended its network of partners both within and beyond Tech's campus. The creation and secured funding for the new Cowan-Turner Program in Servant Leadership is the latest example of ILSI's commitment to promoting and fostering socially responsible leadership at Georgia Tech.


We believe the partnerships we forge are the best measure of our success in communicating our mission and encouraging others to join us in carrying it out. Our goal – as we strive to be Georgia Tech’s “virtual civil engineers”- is to build bridges within Tech: among students, faculty, staff, and different campus departments.

There are many opportunities for you to be involved with our partners. You can find out more about each organization by following links from this page. If you are intrigued by their work and need advice on how to make the first step towards getting involved please  and we will help you get connected with the right people within the organization.

We especially need students who are willing to commit their time and talents. Your engineering, computer programming, or fresh business ideas might be just what our partners are looking for. As a student, you have carved out these years of your life to grow, and the more involved you can be in your community the more enriching your experience at Georgia Tech will be.

Lastly, if you belong to an organization that is interested in becoming one of our partners or you are someone who is interested in supporting the Institute for Leadership and Social Impact financially please  and we will be happy to meet with you.

SLS's mission - to give students the tools to create sustainable communities where people and nature thrive - closely aligns with ILSI's philosophy of improving the human condition by developing leaders for a more just, equitable, and caring society. Over the past four years, we have partnered on the Ideas to Serve competition, the Leadership for Social Good study abroad program, and the Impact Speaker series. In 2018, together, we launched the Innovating for Social Impact Program. Enrolled students take the Social Innovation Buzz Course, which fulfills the LEARN requirement of the program. 

Net Impact is a network of more than 10,000 new-generation leaders committed to using the power of business to improve the world. Georgia Tech has a thriving MBA Chapter and we are excited about the impending formation of a strong Undergraduate Chapter as well. NetImpact’s goal is to improve the world by growing and strengthening a network of leaders who use the power of business to make a positive social, environmental, and economic impact.

One of the great benefits of an Interdisciplinary Institute, especially one housed in one of the nation’s leading universities, is that we are able to form valuable partnerships with many organizations and companies that we share our values with. Our goal is to build long-lasting and mutually beneficial partnerships with our outside partners in an effort to further Georgia Tech’s mission “to provide the state of Georgia with the scientific and technological base, innovation, and workforce it needs to shape a prosperous and sustainable future and quality of life for its citizens.” We are currently collaborating with many different groups on various levels and are looking forward to expanding our network both deeper in the Atlanta community and further out across the globe. 

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Terry Blum
Tedd Munchak Chair in Entrepreneurship 
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Joel Cowan
Adjunct Lecturer 
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Charles Easley Jr
Professor Of The Practice 
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Nicole Little
Assistant Director of Operations 
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Dori Pap
Assistant Director, Institute for Leadership and Entrepreneurship 
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Robert Thomas
Professor of the Practice 
Institute for Leadership and Social Impact Affiliates

John BareVice President for Programs, Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation

Bruce ByingtonExecutive Vice President, Center for Creative Leadership

Brian CayceVice President, Investments, GrayGhost Ventures

Jay CranmanPresident & CEO, Hands On Atlanta

Alex Gregory,  Former Chairman of the Board, CEO, and President of YKK Corporation of America

Bill Gunn, Leadership Fellow

Kathleen KurrePresident, Fusion Advisors, LLC.

Teela Spiller, Executive Director, Atlanta Micro Fund

Wes Wynens, PhDDirector, Leadership Education and Development, Division of Student Affairs

Institute for Leadership and Social Impact Student Leaders
  • Alex Azar
  • Sarah Naumann
  • Guy Broome
  • Jenn Thorpe
  • Mary James Wright