In the final round of the Aspen Business & Society International MBA Case Competition today in New York City, this team of students from the MBA Sustainable Business Practices program edged out University of Michigan to take fourth place behind Boston University, University of Massachusetts (Amherst) and New York University. Please join us in congratulating Holden Slagel, Laura Jernegan and Kevin Dole for their hard work and incredible accomplishment!
The Aspen Institute is a “nonpartisan forum for values-based leadership and the exchange of ideas.” In support of this mission, the Aspen Institute hosts an annual Business & Society International MBA Case Competition, in which student teams from a select group of colleges and universities have a 72-hour window to address a new and challenging business case.
Duquesne was one of 25 business schools chosen to participate in the Aspen Institute competition. More than 1,000 students from around the world analyzed a case study authored by the Yale School of Management. The case requires innovative thinking at the intersection of corporate profitability and positive social and environmental impacts. The students were asked by the leadership of both the Connecticut Green Bank (CGB) and Inclusive Prosperity Capital (IPC) to help them formulate programs that would meet their mandates and position both organizations to become sustainable. They stepped into a real-life, time-sensitive scenario demanding integrative decision-making—not unlike the challenges that they will face as the next generation of business leadership.
In the 10 years that Duquesne has participated in this competition, we have advanced to the finals five times and received one honorable mention. We have been selected the past three years to advance.