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McCombs School Hosts Inaugural National Women’s Case Competition

Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business presentation

AUSTIN, Texas — The McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin hosted the first National Women’s Case Competition this year, April 2-8, 2017, featuring 12 teams hailing from some of the nation’s top undergraduate business schools.

Teams reviewed a case written by Ernst & Young, the competition’s title sponsor, and developed a holistic business strategy to help a beverage and bottling industry client with its presence in Africa.

Out of the original 12 teams, four advanced to the finals. Teams that placed in the top three received cash prizes. Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business won first place and $3,000; Washington University in St. Louis’ Olin Business School received second place and $2,000; and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business came in third with $1,000.

Other schools that participated in the competition include The University of Texas at Austin, Boston College, Georgetown University, Miami University, University of Michigan, Pennsylvania State University, University of Washington, The University of Virginia, and Texas A&M University.

The National Women’s Case Competition was developed from an initiative at the McCombs School to provide women with more case competition experience. In 2015, the school hosted its first local women’s case competition; this spring, the competition was open to competitors from around the country. In those two years, the McCombs School has seen a 29 percent increase in case competition participation among women.

“This has been a successful initiative for McCombs thus far,” said Cindy Huang, case competition chair. “With the initiative, McCombs and UT have been able to further strengthen their presence among the nation’s top undergraduate business schools and universities.”

The competition is hosted by the McCombs School of Business with collaboration from Women in Business Association, the Undergraduate Business Council, Graduate Women in Business, and support from the BBA Office of Student Life. 

Sponsors and judges included representatives from Phillips 66, Accenture, Walmart, AT&T, Toyota, and Shell.

For more information, contact: Samantha Harris, Red McCombs School of Business, 512-471-6746 

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