Student Case Competition

The purpose of the ILA Student Case Competition is to provide 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 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.

How to Join the Student Case Competition

Learn more on how to participate here.

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 Brussels.

Congratulations 2017 Winners!

Undergraduate Division: Suvana Badgett, Lauren Mertz, Emily Polston and Bailey Porter (Kansas State University)
Graduate Division: Terri Enslein, Linnea Fletcher and Karen Ramos (Northern Kentucky University)

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A Few of the Participants in the 2017 Student Case Competition Poster Session