International Executive Challenge

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Are leaders born or made? While research suggests that innate ability can be helpful, the most effective leaders are forged through the fires of experience.

The International Executive Challenge is a leadership case competition where teams from across the globe have the unique opportunity to place themselves in the shoes of c-level executives, solve complex real-world business problems and test their leadership in front of experienced leaders who act as a board of directors.


  • This is a virtual event held over Zoom
  • Teams are comprised of 4 individuals
  • The competition has two rounds
  • Every team competes in the first round, and the top four teams move-on to the second/final round
  • The final round will take place immediately after the first round
  • Finalist teams will receive a twist in the case and have one hour to prepare a new presentation for the final round
  • Teams receive the case one week before competition day
  • Teams prepare a 10 minute oral presentation (no slides or handouts) based on given questions
  • Presentations are delivered to their company's board of directors (executive judge panel)
  • Following their presentations, teams will receive developmental feedback and questions
  • A scoring rubric will be sent to teams along with the case one week before the event
  • A competition kickoff will be held the day the case is distributed to discuss the event details and answer questions
  • Prize money is awarded to the top finishers:
    • 1st place team - $2000
    • 2nd place team - $1000
    • 3rd place team - $400
    • 4th place team - $100

Get Involved

16 teams (maximum of two teams per university) will be accepted to participate in the 2023 International Executive Challenge, hosted by the Stephen R. Covey Leadership Center. Please complete the interest form below if you would like to receive information and updates about the International Executive Challenge.
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Key Dates

Spring 2023 Applications
Open: TBD
Close: TBD

Event Dates & Times

  Date Time
Cases Delivered to Teams TBD 8:00 AM MDT
Competition Kickoff TBD 9:00 - 9:30 AM MDT
Competition Day TBD Round 1: 8:00 - 10:00 AM MDT
Round 2: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM MDT

Networking Event

All teams are invited to participate in an optional networking event one week after the IEC. Occurring over Zoom, participants will be able to connect with their fellow international competitors in fun and engaging ways. Please join us to expand your network and broaden your cultural awareness.

Date: TBD
Time: 9:00 AM MDT

Keisha Matthews

The International Executive Challenge is an outstanding opportunity to hone your leadership capabilities while connecting with ambitious and like-minded students from around the globe. By placing you in a context that accounts for the needs of a multiplicity of stakeholders, the IEC really makes you consider the real-life business accountability of your solutions and the ethical implications of your actions as future leaders of tomorrow.

— Keisha Matthews, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland - 2022 Participant

2022 International Executive Challenge

On April 7, 2022 student teams from Utah State University, Bocconi University (Italy), University of St. Gallen (Switzerland), University of Zurich (Switzerland), Erasmus University (Netherlands), University of Cambridge (United Kingdom), University College London (United Kingdom), Penn State University, Michigan State University, and University of Southern California squared off in the second annual International Executive Challenge, hosted by the Stephen R. Covey Leadership Center, and sponsored by Align Org Solutions.

2022 Results

1st Place Team University of St. Gallen

2nd Place Team Penn State University

3rd Place Team University College London

4th Place Team University of Southern California