Student Case Competition

ILA's annual student case competition provides student teams attending ILA's annual global conference the opportunity to analyze a real world case involving contemporary leadership issues. Teams compete in two divisions, undergraduate and graduate. Through a brief, poster, and final presentation, students demonstrate an understanding of the case's underlying leadership issues while developing strategic recommendations for addressing the key issues in the case. 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 ILA and a $1,000 cash prize to divide among team members. The Student Case Competition is organized by the Leadership Education Member Interest Group.

"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.

Students, Participate in the 2016 Student Case Competition!

Sign your team up to participate!

Participation in the annual case competition is an amazing opportunity to further develop 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 in Atlanta. The case and guidelines will be sent to teams in early September, so be sure to sign up as soon as the case registration opens.

Written briefs are due approximately two weeks prior to the conference. Posters are presented at the conference before a team of judges on Wednesday afternoon, November 2 at 15:30 (3:30 pm). Teams selected as finalists will make their final presentations the evening of Friday, November 4th.

Judges Needed

Are you attending ILA's annual global conference in Atlanta? Would you be willing to serve as a judge for the ILA 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 Wednesday afternoon, November 2 beginning at 15:30 (3:30 pm) and the final presentations Friday evening, November 4th. Contact the LEMIG leadership team at to express your interest and engage in this fun, conference tradition!

Congratulations 2015 Winners!

Undergraduate Division: Monica Lyons, Matthew Clark, and Patrick Holcomb (Gonzaga University)
Graduate Division: Patti Brenner, Tracy Brown, and Brian Peterson (Alvernia University)

2015 Student Case Competition Poster Session