Collegiate Leadership Competition

Developing Leaders…Digitally

What We Do

Leadership development for the digital age. Collegiate Leadership Competition (CLC), a nonprofit founded in 2015, creates a digital practice field where students can actively apply what they learn via CLC’s global virtual competition. CLC makes leadership a tangible, high-impact learning experience for future leaders.

Impact since 2015


CLC at a Glance


Leadership can be learned. Employers seek candidates with well-developed leadership skills; CLC develops student leaders ready for the workforce.


Colleges and universities identify a coach and recruit teams of six students. Any student interested in practicing leadership is welcome. Throughout the experience, each team member leads one challenge and receives extensive feedback based on their performance.

When, Where, & How?

The competition begins in January. Competition activities occur via Zoom. The top 25 teams with the highest cumulative point total after the first four challenges compete in the global head-to-head in April.


CLC’s curriculum explores the attributes of effective leaders, leadership/followership styles, creative problem solving, influencing others, navigating difficult conversations, conflict resolution, delegation, stressors, and effective teaming.


For the 2021-2022 season, one team costs each institution $995 and each additional team is $195. For schools with more than one team, they are guaranteed that at least one team will compete in the finals on April 9, 2022.

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“Having participated in CLC as a competitor and coach, I would highly recommend every College and University be involved. Having a practical measurement of teamwork and leadership is crucial for our students today as they enter the job market”.

Mark Graham, University of Southern Maine 2019 Coach

“CLC is a phenomenal experience for students that are wanting to invest in their personal leadership journeys and set themselves up for success in their careers. We need more people that have legitimate leadership skills in our local, state and national communities; CLC is helping our future leaders get prepared to make a positive difference everywhere they go”.

Andrew Chwalik, Walsh University 2019 Coach

“If you’re looking for an exciting and unique way to grow your leadership skills, CLC is for you. I was a competitor over 2 years ago and I still use the SOLVE model from CLC to this day. The applicable curriculum and original competition experience will be something that you’ll have with you forever.”

Jessie Thompson, Covestro 2019 Judge

“CLC is a great way to test leadership abilities under pressure. Everyone should always look to improve and this competition was a great place to do it.”

Samantha Rodriguez, Boston University 2018 Student Competitor

“CLC provides a fun, unique opportunity to grow as a leader, as a team, and as an individual. It’s a life changing experience that I will always be grateful for.”

Haley Holman, Lindenwood University 2018 Student Competitor

“CLC helped me practice leadership skills that I will continue to use for the rest of my life.”

Justin Rose, Winthrop University 2018 Student Competitor

“CLC made me comfortable leading my peers. We aimed high and we scored high together. It was truly a once in a lifetime experience. I hope to come back next year!”

Noel Burke, Lindenwood University 2018 Student Competitor

“The Collegiate Leadership Competition packs the best elements of leadership, teamwork, and creative problem solving into a fun event that truly benefits its participants. It’s one of the most impactful student-driven programs that I’ve seen!”

Nate Pearson, Cabrini University 2019 Coach

“CLC was one of the best experiences of my life and I can’t begin to describe the growth I gained from it. I never thought that I would get to do anything like this in college and I am so glad that I decided to push my boundaries and got to be a part of it.”

Sarah Wells, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College 2018 Student Competitor

“CLC provides a practical way of teaching and experiencing leadership. The curriculum is well-developed and easy to follow. Our students enjoyed our weekly training sessions and were eager to challenge themselves against leaders from other universities.”

Eric Buller, Miami University 2019 Coach

“CLC is an invaluable opportunity for young leaders to learn, practice and demonstrate, their leadership skills in a constructive well planned, enjoyable, format. I was excited to be a part of CLC and highly recommend it to all post secondary programs.”

Cristal McGill, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs 2018 Coach

“An incredibly engaging way to maximize both teaching and learning the skills of leadership.”

Curt Beck, Concordia University 2017 Coach

“Serving as a CLC coach contributed to my own personal and professional development in very unexpected ways, and I am without a doubt a stronger leader and more well rounded professional because of it. The growth that I saw in my students was incredible – and the bond between them was immeasurable.”

Jennifer Shepard, Widener University 2017 Coach

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