2022 Challenge

IEN's Student Corporate Engagement Challenge puts a new spin on the traditional approach to investment competitions by focusing on the responsibility of investors to directly engage company management on the risks and opportunities they see.

The Challenge invites students to not only produce an investment recommendation in a publicly-traded company, but also to include in their recommendation a shareholder engagement strategy for improving the company’s business performance and impact on society.

Select a year below to read about the participants, winning teams, and deliverables from that year's Challenge.


2020 2021 2022 2023• 2024



Graduate Category Winner

Undergraduate Category Winner




Undergraduate and graduate students from Arizona State University, Bard College, Central Washington University, New York University: Stern School of Business, Presidio Graduate School, Ryerson University, University of California Berkeley: Haas School of Business, University of California Los Angeles: Anderson School of Management, University of Chicago: Booth School of Business, University of Minnesota, Virginia Wesleyan University, and Yale University have entered a head-to-head contest in the Intentional Endowments Network‘s (IEN) Student Corporate Engagement Competition. Teams of three to five undergraduate and graduate students will showcase their skills in sustainable investing and shareholder advocacy. 




  • Week of January 24th: Participating teams announced.
  • April 8th: Written deliverables and recorded oral presentations due.
  • April 22nd: Judge scores will be due assessing each team’s written recommendation and oral presentation.
  • Week of April 25th: Finals will take place & the winning teams will be announced.




As You Sow, a leading non-profit practitioner of shareholder advocacy and engagement since 1992, is partnering with IEN to lead several workshops on shareholder engagement research and strategy. Learn how to compel companies to address racial justice, climate change, wage equity, ocean plastics and more.


Federated Hermes, Inc. (NYSE:FHI) is a global leader in active, responsible investing. Competition participants will gain access to Federated Hermes International Academy and Federated Hermes Responsible Investment Institute (RII) training modules on topics including stewardship, engagement, ESG data, and implementation.


All teams will submit written recommendations and engagement strategies, as well as a recorded oral presentation. Judges will assess and score all deliverables ahead of the Finals in two judging categories: Undergraduate & Graduate.

The week of April 25th, Finals will take place. The recorded presentations from top the two teams in each judging category will be viewed at finals, followed by judging panel Q&A. The winning teams in each category will be announced live at Finals.




To participate in the 2023 Competition as a Sponsor, Educational Partner, or Mentor, or to learn more about participating in the Competition in future years, fill out this form, or reach out to Nicole Torrico at [email protected].


Thank You to Our 2022 Sponsors: Federated Hermes & TIAA