Leeds Executive MBA Live Challenges

The challenges are a safe environment for you to take on a different role and stretch your abilities.

EMBA students doing group work
New Venture Challenge You will work in small groups to develop a business plan for a new commercial venture. You will develop both your team-working and entrepreneurship skills and gain a real understanding of the new venture planning process.
Boardroom Challenge This activity integrates your learning into a live boardroom situation. Working in groups you will simulate the behaviour of the Board of a real organisation in response to a given real-life scenario or issue. This is a challenging and highly interactive activity where you will apply and test your leadership skills.
Consulting Challenge Working in small groups you will deliver a consultancy project for an external organisation. Clients are typically a small to medium-sized company, charity or social enterprise, looking to address a particular business issue. You will be required to make recommendations delivered as a presentation to the client.

Live Challenge support from experienced practitioners

Lesley Smith
An image of Lesley Smith, Chief Executive and Finance Director in the healthcare sector.

Experienced Chief Executive and Finance Director in the healthcare sector.

Lesley has a diverse background in finance, economics, and human behaviour. She helps students to maximise their own strengths and harness the potential of their teams and boards. Supporting students as part of the Boardroom Challenge to enhance their personal effectiveness and build their confidence so they are able to turn their ideas into action more quickly and easily.

Ralph Kugler
Photograph of Ralph Kugler

Experienced senior-level executive.

Ralph has over 25 years' experience at the highest levels of international business. He is currently Chairman of two companies and on the board of three other businesses. He was a main board director at Unilever as well as two FTSE-100 companies, and has chaired Board Remuneration Committees. 

Ralph is Chair of the Business School International Advisory Board and is actively involved in the Executive MBA programme, particularly the Consulting Challenge where students benefit from his extensive knowledge and experience.

Case Study: Consulting Challenge 2017

As part of the Executive MBA Consulting Challenge, a group of Executive MBA students worked with South Leeds-based charity St Luke's CARES to assist them with corporate readiness and illustrating social impact.

St Luke's CARES
St Lukes CARES EMBA Consulting Challenge

The St Luke's CARES EMBA Consulting Challenge group.

Jackson Turner, Manager at St Luke's CARES worked with the EMBA group on the project:

"Leeds University Business School Consulting challenge was extremely rewarding. The group of six threw themselves enthusiastically into the task of supporting the charity...it was a real boost to have the mature students on-board for the set period of time, to ask difficult questions, talk to our stakeholders and support us in the creation of this report."

Nathan Pettit was one of the Executive MBA students involved:

"The Consulting Challenge is one of the highlights of the EMBA for me...the client's reaction to our work and the recent email he sent were so satisfying, I actually felt that we made a difference in some way."