A team of five MA in Management students from the Wake Forest School of Business received third place in The Executive Leadership Foundation’s (ELF) 2013 Business Case Competition, which focused on developing workforce talent with skills in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The Wake Forest MA team competed against MBA students from 70 business schools to take home the honors.
ELF’s annual competition invited teams to analyze a compelling business issue that challenged their critical thinking, analytical and communications skills. It was sponsored by Exxon Mobil and held at the company’s headquarters in Virginia.
MA students Portia Jones, Alan Arias, Jonathan Ford Jr., Eddie Appeadu and Sydney Blount took home a $15,000 cash scholarship for their entry, which recommended setting up a mentorship program and a regional college and internships for college students, then extending outreach into K-12 education to encourage STEM skills at an earlier age.
A panel that included leaders from corporations and nonprofits such as Lockheed martin, Merck, BAE Systems, Sustainable Star, The Johns Hopkins University and the National Council of La Raza, judged the competition entries.
Wake Forest students were mentioned in a Businessweek article about the competition.