February 29, 2024 - March 01, 2024
Campus Events
Washburn University and Maner Conference Center

The Washburn University Leadership Institute will welcome 200 high school and college students from five states on February 29 - March 1 for the 14th Annual Washburn University Leadership Challenge EventTM (LCETM). Some of these students are traveling from as far away as Virginia to join this annual two-day competition. The LCE is the only event of its kind in the U.S., offering students a space to practice the leadership skills they will need when navigating challenges in the real world.

There are 40 teams participating this year - 13 college teams and 27 high school teams. Teams arrive February 29, and will begin by visiting Washburn University. They will attend leadership orientation where participants will hear from a variety of community leaders on topics that will directly inform the simulation competition the following day.

The leadership simulation will start at 8:00 am, Friday, March 1, at the Maner Concerence Center, 1717 SW Topeka Blvd. Students will participate in planning and strategy meetings, written tasks and individual decisions. During this time, they will interact with volunteers role-playing as community stakeholders invested in the crisis the students are solving.

Competition concludes with an awards ceremony at 3:45 p.m. in Heritage Hall in the Stormont Vail Events Center, 1 Expocenter Drive. Award sponsors and representatives from the Leadership Institute and Washburn University will recognize champions, second and third place winners in both the high school and college divisions. The Leadership Institute will give awards for exemplary communication, collaboration and transformation of performance from the beginning of the simulation until the end of the simulation.

Lauren Edelman