International Student Case Competition

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Note: All Team Members Must Also Register for the Conference

The ILA International Student Case Competition provides undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to compete and showcase their knowledge about leadership through the analysis of a contemporary socio-political-economic problem on the global or national level. Teams compete in two divisions, undergraduate and graduate. Through a case executive summary, virtual poster, and a final presentation (finalists only), students demonstrate an understanding of their case’s underlying leadership issues while developing strategic recommendations for addressing key issues.

The top three teams in each division are recognized on the last day of the ILA conference. The team in each division that takes top honors receives complimentary 1-year memberships in the ILA and a $1,000 cash prize to divide among team members. The International Student Case Competition is organized by ILA's Leadership Education Member Interest Group.

The International Student Case Competition is an amazing opportunity to further develop your communication and leadership skills, expand your network of leadership colleagues, and make the most out of your ILA conference experience.

Steps for COMPETING IN the international student case competition

Step One: Register for ILA's Annual Global Conference by Monday 12 October

Step Two: Register for the International Student Case Competition by Monday 12 October

Step Three: Download Competition Document, submit executive summary, and submit video by Wednesday 21 October

Important Competition Dates

Monday 12 October

23:59 (11:59 pm EDT)
Deadline for team registration and team member conference registration 

Wednesday 21 October

23:59 (11:59 pm EDT)
Executive Summary (Round One) & Virtual Poster Presentation (Round Two) due by Email to:

Thursday 5 November

Virtual Poster Showcase – Teams’ Videos will be posted on the conference platform

Friday 6 November

Finalists Teams Advancing to the Next Round will be announced via email to each team’s contact person (Preferably a Coach) 

Sunday 8 November

19:15-20:15 EST
Finalist Presentations (via the conference’s live online platform)
Team contact person receives feedback (Preferably a Coach)  

Monday 9 November

Winners announced!

2019 International Student Case Competition Winners

Undergraduate Division
Congratulations to Washburn University (WU), winner of the undergraduate division for their case: A Mountain of Misfortune: Understanding Irresponsible Consumption and Disposal of Waste in India through the Lens of Leadership Theory.

Graduate Division
Congratulations to the University of Maryland (UMD) team, winners of the graduate division for: Decolonizing Education.

Learn more about the 2019 winners here including a video interview with the winning graduate team! 

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