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The Executive Leadership Foundation Business Case Competition

Higher Education Initiative

The Annual Business Case Competition  was established in 2002 and is currently sponsored by Exxon Mobil Corporation. MBA student teams compete for $70K in scholarships by writing business strategies for an assigned business case. The three top finalist teams present their business cases to a panel of judges to determine final rankings. To date, more than 220 student teams from a select group of colleges and universities across the country have taken part, including teams from the University of Pennsylvania, University of North Carolina, Florida A&M University, Hampton University, Howard University, Dartmouth College, Texas Southern University, University of Michigan, University of Southern California, Carnegie Mellon University, and our 2012 winner the University of Houston Bauer College of Business. A team of two MBA students from the Duke University Fuqua School of Business was 2013 first place winner.

2014 Business Case Competition

2014 Case Objectives

How do the Common Core State Standards address economic inequalities and deficiencies in the current educational system to ensure a diverse and qualified workforce?
Address the concerns and barriers for implementation for the states that have yet to adopt the Standards.
Public and private sectors have backed the Common Core State Standards initiative; provide projections on the initiative's impact over the next 5, 10, and 20 years addressing various sectors with breakouts for various stakeholders.
Develop a marketing campaign to promote awareness of the benefits of Common Core State Standards for the general public.
Exxon Mobile


The National Essay Competition is supported by its founding and continuing sponsor, The Coca-Cola Company. Annually, the competition provides 10 scholarships and mentoring opportunities to undergraduate students who write award-winning essays on an assigned business topic. Awardees also take part in weeklong Honors Symposiums held in New York City and Washington, DC with Council members and senior corporate executives at companies such as American Express, AXA Financial, Citigroup, Booz, Allen & Hamilton, MTV Networks, and Sony LP. More than 100 students have won scholarships since the program’s founding in 1995, and more than 3,000 students have participated in the competition overall.

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The Council Community Outreach
The Executive Leadership Foundation selected Leadership Education And Development (LEAD), as the recipient of a $500,000 grant, provided through the Foundation’s Community Impact Initiative. LEAD is a nationally recognized leadership development organization.  It offers minority high school students multi-week residential academic, social, and developmental immersion programs at top business and engineering schools during the summer, preparing them for future global business leadership.  Member corporations such as Exxon Mobil, JPMorgan Chase, Deloitte and UBS, among others, sponsor the organization.  More . . .

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