The Leadership Challenge Event™ (LCE™) is an annual event hosted by the Washburn University Leadership Institute. It is a unique inter-scholastic as well as inter-collegiate leadership competition which provides high school and college students an opportunity to participate in an organized competition that simulates real-life experiences. The LCE™ challenges students to address a variety of problems and situations where the outcome of the simulation is dependent on the leadership decisions made throughout the course of the competition.

The LCE™ simulates the real-world process of leadership through the two-day event, consisting of a live, interactive leadership simulation. Student teams will compete to fulfill the challenges and overcome the obstacles placed before them in a manner that demonstrates exemplary leadership knowledge and execution.

The Washburn University Leadership Institute espouses the belief that leadership is not a position, but rather a process. The Leadership Challenge Event™ encourages leadership development by offering participants education, hands-on experience, and recognition in a competitive environment. It honors intellectual achievement and practical experience in leadership while building camaraderie and networks between competitors. 

LCE™ Objectives:

  • To showcase future leaders within and outside Kansas by acknowledging a solid knowledge and use of leadership skills during the course of the   competition
  • To offer intellectual and practical leadership development in a unique forum in the form of a one day competition
  • To provide a rewarding experience for all participants (students, advisors and community participants)
  • To enhance networking opportunities for participants with peers from around the country as well as professionals and leaders in the Topeka community
  • To provide the city of Topeka and the surrounding area with additional opportunities for community advertising and promotion, sponsorship and partnering opportunities, as well as additional business and commerce from conference participants, sponsors and outside volunteers 

The 10th Annual Leadership Challenge Event(tm) was held on March 5-6, 2020. The 2021 Leadership Challenge Event(tm) will be held on February 25-26, 2021


2020 LCE™ Winners

High School Division College Division
Champion - Topeka High School Champion - Wartburg College
2nd Place - Seaman High School 2nd Place - Midland University
3rd Place - Baldwin High School 3rd Place - University of Nebraska-Lincoln #1
Emerging Leader Award - Baldwin High School Emerging Leader Award - Midland University
Transformation Award - Derby High School Transformation Award - Baker University
Collaboration Award - Mill Valley High School Collaboration Award - Kansas State University
Communication Award - Northeast Magnet High School #1 Communication Award - University of Nebraska-Lincoln #1



Join us for the 2021 Leadership Challenge Event™

Team Early-bird registration opens October 1.
Team Regular registration opens October 15.
Volunteer registration for campus and community partners opens November 1.
Volunteer registration for Washburn University student volunteers opens October 22.

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