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International Student Case Competition

Register Teams by Monday, 12 October 2020

Start forming your team now for the November 2020 competition. Detailed information will be available soon on how to sign up!

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, poster given at the conference, 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 at the closing plenary 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 the Leadership Education Member Community.

"ILA's annual case competition has been an important learning experience for undergraduate leadership students at Gonzaga for the past three years. It is an excellent opportunity to take leadership content and apply it to real world challenges…. A student recently told me that the ILA case study competition was one of the academic experiences that he was most proud of."

– Josh Armstrong, director of Gonzaga's Comprehensive Leadership Program, reflecting on his participation as a case competition team advisor.

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Students - Sign up for the International Student Case Competition now! Learn more here.

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. Start forming your teams now for this year's competition – 5-9 November 2020.

Important Dates and Times

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Judges Needed

Are you attending ILA's annual global conference? Would you be willing to serve as a judge for the ILA International Student Case Competition? Leadership professionals from all sectors are welcome. Help play an important role in the development of leadership students. Judges will be asked to review teams' written briefs prior to the conference as well as attend and judge the poster presentations on 5 November and the final presentations 7 November. Contact the LEMIG leadership team at to express your interest and engage in this fun, conference tradition!

Congratulations 2019 Winners!

Meet the winning team from each division and watch a short video with advice from the grad team for future competitors

Undergraduate Division: Hannah Arneson, Kendall Beemer, Cecelia Caraccilo, and Claire Leffingwell (Washburn University)
Graduate Division: Shakia Asamoah, Genevieve Hiltebrand, and Noel Kuriakos (University of Maryland)

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A Few of the Participants in the 2019 International Student Case Competition Poster Session

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