Leadership Institute

The Zell Miller Leadership Institute is a year-long leadership development program designed to explore Zell’s life, legacy, and the core values he felt were essential to becoming a more effective leader.  The program was inspired by leadership classes he taught at Emory University, the University of Georgia, and Young Harris College.

This nonpartisan program provides participants from both rural and urban areas of Georgia an opportunity to network with local leaders, hear from industry experts on issues of significant relevance, and learn how Zell became one of Georgia’s most respected public servants.

The program consists of five weekend summits held in different cities across Georgia. The year concludes with an optional holiday celebration in which all alumni are invited. Summits are held as follows:

January Summit in Athens
March Summit in Macon
May Summit in Columbus
August Summit in Augusta
October Summit in Savannah
December Holiday Celebration in Young Harris

The first class was recruited in the fall of 2017 and began the program in January 2018. Since inception, 150 people have been accepted into the program. Interested participants apply online over the summer for the upcoming year. The foundation accepts on average 50 people for each class.

Participants by the Numbers

50% are in their 30s
25% are in their 40s
25% are in their late 20s

50% are Male
50% are Female

50% live in metro Atlanta
50% live outside metro Atlanta

100% have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher
60% have earned a master’s degree or higher

Industry Represented
40% Business
30% Government
10% Education
10% Nonprofit
10% Law