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Students Win 1st and 2nd at KeyBank Case Competition

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

This past November, two students from Pitt Business traveled to the 9th Annual KeyBank Leadership and Creativity Undergraduate Minority Student Symposium held at the Ohio State University.

Everett Green and Evan Turman achieved something that no other Pitt Business students have before. They both were on teams that placed first and second at the case competition portion of the event.

Pitt Business students Everett Green and Evan Turman celebrate their wins at the KeyBank Case Competition at Ohio State UniversityThe symposium, supported by Ohio State’s Fisher College of Business and KeyBank, was a four-day intensive camp focused on the skills of leadership, creativity, product innovation, spreadsheet management, entrepreneurial thinking, and persuasive communication.

Twenty universities participated in the event. Each university nominated two students from underrepresented backgrounds who had a GPA above 3.0. Green and Turman were nominated by Tiwanda Taylor, assistant director of academic advising, and Audrey Murrell, associate dean of Pitt Business.

A case competition took place after the workshops. Students were randomly assigned to teams. Green and Turman were put on separate teams, yet their teams met in the finals. The final case focused on an entrepreneur with a strong emphasis on social responsibility. Her small business was rapidly growing to the point where she could not handle a large order. Each team provided an innovative solution to this conflict.

The judges awarded the first-place prize of $2,500 to Green’s team, which consisted of additional students from Case Western Reserve University, Indiana University, North Carolina A&T University, and Ohio State University. Their solution played off the fact that the entrepreneur was donating a large portion of her proceeds to a nonprofit that served women who were unemployed and sometimes homeless. Rather than give money to the nonprofit, the entrepreneur hired the women and paid them directly.  The women could then help the entrepreneur fulfill the large order at her organization.

The second-place prize of $1,500 was awarded to Turman’s team, which consisted of himself and students from American University, Bethune-Cookman University, North Carolina A&T University, and University of Albany (SUNY). Their response focused on sustainability and noted that the entrepreneur should remain true to her business’ values and mission.

Students also had the opportunity to receive individual awards ranging from $300 to $500. Turman received an award for the Best Q&A. He says he achieved it by answering the judges’ questions effectively and correctly with a good presentation.

Turman said, “Representing the University of Pittsburgh at this national event was an honor and that the support they received from the Pitt College of Business Administration was incredible.”

Turman and Green both hope that Pitt Business students will continue to participate in the KeyBank Leadership and Creativity Undergraduate Minority Student Symposium.