How does it work?

How does it work?

Impress the Jury.

All contributions will be evaluated according to specific criteria by an  independent jury composed of professors, corporate executives, and entrepreneurs.

The authors of the best 100  contributions qualify as  Leaders of Tomorrow  and will be invited to the next St.  Gallen Symposium. You qualify as a  semi-finalist  to compete for the prestigious award 2018 if your essay makes it in the top  20. You will be asked to pitch the essence of your essay in a 3-minute video presentation by mid-March. Based on the quality of both the essay  and  the video pitch, the jury selects the six  finalists  who will then compete for the award against each other on the symposium’s big stage. The award will be bestowed to those finalists who show the very best performances both on the essay  and  on the stage in St. Gallen.

Join the debate.

At the St. Gallen Symposium the authors of the 100 best essays will be able to share their thoughts, ideas, and visions with the global elite and participate in intergenerational debates. Attending the symposium as a Leader of Tomorrow includes the following highlights:


  • Join the debate with 600  top-notch global leaders and decision makers
  • Meet 200  of the world’s brightest young minds
  • CHF  20,000.– prize money shared by the three awardees
  • Expenses for travel, board, and lodging covered, travel service provided
  • Small and intimate gatherings with world leaders, exclusively for the Leaders of Tomorrow
  • Become member of a truly unique and strong global community
  • Broad media coverage
Meet the finalists 2017

The ISC proudly presents the semi-finalists of the St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award 2017.

> finalists 2017


Meet this and previous year's winners and read their contributions.

> see the winners