Leaders of Tomorrow
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The Leaders of Tomorrow National Business Case Competition is a challenge like no other competition in the world. High school students analyze an MBA-level graduate school business case and present recommendations before panels of senior corporate executives and business school faculty. In the process, they must master advanced math, critical thinking, analytical, writing, research, and public speaking skills, and then present detailed financial projections and implementation plans. Judges are instructed to evaluate participants not as high school students, but with the same level of objectivity they would use when evaluating a graduate student or a potential professional consultant. Since 2002, the LOT National Business Case Competition has awarded more than $400,000 in scholarships and programming support.

The National Black MBA Association congratulates the winners of the 2014 LOT National Business Case Competition held at The Ohio State University Fisher School of Business, June 20-22, 2014.

2014 Winners

St. Louis - 1st place and recipients of $15,000 in scholarship winnings in addition to laptop computers; New Jersey - 2nd place and recipients of $10,000 in scholarship winnings in addition to Kindles; and Greater Harrisburg - 3rd place and recipients of $5,000 in scholarship winnings in addition to Samsung Galaxy mobile devices.

Through the Case Competition, these same students are exposed to NBMBAA mentors and coaches who work with them intensively for months. They are guaranteed the help and resources they need to thoroughly communicate the impact of their ideas. In the process, they develop the ability to draw connections between what they are learning in school and what it takes to be a successful leader and the discipline to set goals and achieve them.

Most importantly, they develop the confidence that comes from believing you can accomplish anything.

In 2002, the chairs of four NBMBAA® chapters (Atlanta, Dallas, Houston and Washington, DC) established the Leaders of Tomorrow® (LOT) National Business Case Competition to give an additional sense of urgency and purpose to student participation in local program activities; improve the students’ analytical, writing, and presentation skills; and increase interaction with other students in LOT Programs across the country. The four chapters also wanted to provide an alternative resource for corporate sponsors and higher education institutions to recruit high school talent, and to show the students— and the world— that minority students could demonstrate excellence at the highest levels, even if that meant doing work in high school normally reserved for graduate students at schools like Harvard.

The aforementioned objectives were met during the first competition, held on Saturday, June 22, 2002 at Georgia Power headquarters in Atlanta, GA. Scholarships totaling $400 were awarded to two teams who tied for first place (Dallas and Washington, DC). Moreover, the first competition proved to be an opportunity like no other in America in terms of giving students the opportunity to demonstrate their problem-solving skills, analytical proficiency, and research and presentation abilities in a high pressure environment; in this case, to the corporate executives and professors judging the competition. As its reputation has grown the competition has developed into a multiday event, where over 100 students from more than 25 chapters from across the United States and Canada compete each year for more $30,000 in scholarship funds.

Since the first competition in Atlanta, subsequent competitions have been hosted in Washington, DC, Richmond, Dallas, Houston,Philadelphia, Columbus, Detroit, Ft. Lauderdale, and Storrs, CT at the nation’s best business schools. Over its ten-year history, approximately400 students have participated in the competition, and over $250,000 in scholarships and programming support have been provided.

Past competitions

13th Annual Competition, June 20-22, 2014
Host Chapter: Columbus, OH
Host School: The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business
Case Topic: Harley-Davidson
Winners: 1st- St. Louis; 2nd- New Jersey; 3rd- Greater Harrisburg
12th Annual Competition, June 21-23, 2013
Host Chapter: Boston, MA
Host School: Bentley University
Case Topic: Nissan
Winners: 1st-Greater Harrisburg; 2nd-Houston; 3rd-Raleigh-Durham Other Finalists: Atlanta, Philadelphia
11th Annual Competition, June 22-24, 2012 Atlanta, GA
Host School: Emory University Goizueta Business School
Case Topic: Facebook
Winners: 1st- NEW JERSEY; 2nd-ATLANTA; 3rd- SOUTH FLORIDA
Other Finalists: AUSTIN; HARTFORD
10th Annual Competition, June 24‐26, 2011
Host Chapter: Westchester/ Greater Connecticut in conjunction with Greater Hartford
Host School: University of Connecticut School of Business
Case Topic: Natura
Winners: 1st‐ DALLAS; 2nd‐ CHICAGO; 3rd‐ NEW JERSEY
Other Finalists‐ Westchester/ Greater CT, Toronto
9th Annual Competition, June 25‐27, 2010
Host Chapter: South Florida
Host School: Nova Southeastern University H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship
Case Topic: Wal‐Mart
Winners: 1st‐ DALLAS; 2nd‐ HOUSTON; 3rd‐ SOUTH FLORIDA
Other Finalists‐ Central Florida, Detroit
8th Annual Competition, June 25‐27, 2009
Host Chapter: Detroit
Host School: University of Michigan Ross School of Business
Case Topic: Samsung
Winners: 1st‐ AUSTIN; 2nd‐ SOUTH FLORIDA; 3rd‐ MEMPHIS
Other Finalists‐ Western NY; Washington, DC
7th Annual Competition, June 18‐21, 2008
Host Chapter: Columbus
Host School: The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business
Case Topic: Starbucks
Winners: 1st‐ COLUMBUS; 2nd‐ WASHINGTON, DC; 3rd‐ DALLAS; 4th‐ HOUSTON
6th Annual Competition, June 22nd – 24th, 2007
Host Chapter: Philadelphia
Host School: University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business
Case Topic: Apple Computer
Winners: 1st‐ SOUTH FLORIDA; 2nd‐ PHILADELPHIA; 3rd‐ COLUMBUS
5th Annual Competition, June 23‐24, 2006
Host Chapter: Houston Host School: Rice University
Case Topic: NBA
Winners: 1st‐ DALLAS; 2nd‐ PHILADELPHIA; 3rd‐ COLUMBUS; 4th‐ HOUSTON
4th Annual Competition, June 24‐26, 2005
Host Chapter: Dallas
Host School: Southern Methodist University
Case Topic: B.E.T.
Winners: 1st‐ HOUSTON; 2nd‐ DALLAS; 3rd‐ WASHINGTON, DC
3rd Annual Competition, 2004
Host Chapter: Richmond
Host School: University of Richmond
Case Topic: EMI
Winners: 1st‐ ATLANTA; 2nd‐ WASHINGTON, DC; 3rd‐ DALLAS
2nd Annual Competition, 2003
Host Chapter: Washington, D.C.
Host School: Howard University
Winners: 1st‐ HOUSTON; 2nd‐ ATLANTA; 3rd‐ DALLAS
1st Annual Competition, June 23, 2002
Host Chapter: Atlanta
Winning Teams (tie): DALLAS; WASHINGTON, DC

Register a Team

All NBMBAA chapters with a Leaders of Tomorrow program may enter a team in the competition if teams meet the composition guidelines.

To register a team, simply complete and submit the form on this page.

Why should you register a team? Click here.

Why should students compete? Click here.

Registration Deposit
Before a team can receive the case, the chapter must submit a $300 deposit. This deposit secures a team's participation. The registration submission deadline (postmark) is March 31, 2014. By registering a team, the chapter affirms that it has communicated to the team members and parents that any funds received by team members as a result of their participation in the Business Case Competition are scholarship funds to be used solely for educational purpose.

Click here to Register.

The Case Competition is unique in the National Black MBA Association because it is run through the cooperation of the chapters collaborating through the national headquarters. It is overseen by a Coordinating Committee, comprised of representatives from founding and host chapters and national headquarters, though many decisions are made through voting by all participating chapters.

All funds awarded to members of winning teams are scholarship funds to be used solely for educational purpose.

Click here for official 2014 Rules and Guidelines.

Click here to see the LOT Case Competition Semi-final Round Model (Talented Twelve)

TEAMS MUST SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING FORMS -- AVAILABLE SOON!

  • CONSENT FORMS - Chapters must submit a consent form for each participating student.
  • MEDIA RELEASE - Chapters must submit media release forms for each student and coach.
  • TEAM INFORMATION - This spreadsheet informs coordinators of who is traveling with your team. Please submit one form per chapter, but do not modify the format of the spreadsheet. Simply put N/A in fields not applicable. Include information for everyone traveling with your team.

Judging the LOT National Business Case Competition is an excellent way to give back. You’ll be helping students gain skills few other high school students develop. In the process, you’ll help students reach he heights of excellence they are capable of achieving, and embrace the belief that they can accomplish anything.

Judges must pay for their own travel and lodging expenses.

Click here to see the judge nomination form.

Click here see Judge Deck

Sponsorship The future of the international workforce gathers each June for one incredible show of leadership and analytical excellence: The NBMBAA Leaders of Tomorrow National Business Case Competition. Your company cannot wait until it needs competent employees to ensure that its pipeline is full. In an economic environment as competitive as ours, we simply cannot afford to leave any talent on the sidelines. Could these Leaders of Tomorrow solve your company’s complex challenges today?

  • Participants must master advanced math, critical thinking, analytical, writing, research and public speaking skills.
  • Teams spend months working directly with NBMBAA coaches who are themselves corporate executives.
  • Students must also present detailed financial projections and implementation plans.
  • The competition attracts teams from more than 20 American cities and Canada.
  • High school students analyze an MBA-level business case and present recommendations before panels of senior corporate executives and business school faculty.
  • Judges are instructed to evaluate participants not as high school students, but with the same level of objectivity they would use when evaluating a graduate student.
  • Students must defend their ideas in a high-pressure environment that invites scrutiny from both their peers and professionals.

Click here to learn more about sponsorship.

Volunteering

Want to volunteer? Volunteer roles include, but are not limited to, the following:
Timekeeper
Logistics
Competition room management
Transportation
Development
Food management

For more information on volunteering, contact lotcase@nbmbaa.org.

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions and answers.

Click here for the 2015 Host Request for Proposals.

For more information about the Leaders of Tomorrow National Business Case Competition, contact:
National Black MBA Association
LOT Case Competition
1 East Wacker
Chicago IL 60601
(312) 236-2622
lotcase@nbmbaa.org

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