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The Georgia Legislative Leadership Institute (GLLI) helps newer legislators gain the skills to be more effective leaders, decision makers, and policy analysts.


The program offers a unique opportunity for lawmakers to improve their leadership skills and explore the issues of the day with nationally renowned scholars, professional development experts, and legislative leaders and colleagues from across the region.


GLLI is an extension of the Biennial Institute, developed and authorized by the Georgia General Assembly Training Institute in 2005. It is carried out by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, at no cost to the General Assembly. The Woodruff Foundation has generously underwritten the costs associated with the program through 2017.


Every two years, the leadership of the House and Senate selects 25 emerging leaders for participation in GLLI with a goal of equal partisan participation. To date, 111 legislators have completed the program since its inception in 2005.


GLLI consists of two three-day sessions. Past sessions have been held in Savannah, Callaway Gardens, Jekyll Island, Buford, Young Harris, Stone Mountain, and Atlanta. The first session focuses on personal leadership and the exercise of power and leadership within the legislative context. In session two, these lessons are applied to getting things done in the legislature with a focus on the skills and abilities needed to be a successful legislator.


View graduates of the Georgia Legislative Leadership Institute.