By Stephanie Skordas, Sr. Associate Director, Communications
A two-day case competition allowed Masters in Management students the chance to explore business problems and present solutions to the board. Sponsored by FactSet, the 2017 Fall Case Competition sought presentations from all the student teams in the program before judges named four finalists, and then ultimately, one winning team.
“FactSet is a multinational financial data and software company,” said Kaitlyn Cooper, associate director, Integrative Student Services. “They provide a natural partnership for the case which focuses on financial and accounting concepts the students have covered in their classes since beginning the program in July.”
The students on Team #22, Kayla Pierle, Aubrey Wright, Emily James, Priya Advani and Kimmy Zhang, received Wake Forest pullovers, which will be embroidered with their win on the sleeves.
Four of the judges represented FactSet, and two of them are alumni of the program: Rachel Alexander (MA ’15), and JD Crossen (MA ’14) joined campus recruiters Marcia Molettieri and Ashley Peckham. Faculty and staff members on the judging panel included James Barricelli, Mike Crespi, Keith Gilmer, Rick Harris, Stan Mandel, Stacey Panchyshyn, Scott Shafer, and Bren Varner.
The final four judges were professors Susan Langlitz, Rob Nash, Norma Montague, and alums Crossen and Alexander.
“It’s interesting to see how they are choosing to research the case and present their ideas,” said FactSet Consultant Rachel Alexander (MA ’15). “Case competitions like this one give the students real-world experience that will help them when they leave school and go into the market.”
This competition is followed by the fall Action Learning Project I, and then the spring Action Learning Project II. Coupled with a mini case competition during orientation week, the Masters in Management students are participating in a series of experiential learning events during the 10-month program.