It was exciting to discuss our recommendations with other MBA students and the judges to gain additional perspective, and it was such a pleasure to see an idea that was produced in a small corner of the Mendoza College of Business reach such a wide audience. It was the most gratifying experience of my MBA experience.
-Mathew Ashley, MBA Student, Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business
The Aspen Case Competition was the absolute greatest part of my entire MBA experience. Our goal as a team on Friday night was to deliver the absolute best presentation we could - and we did! The minute we finished speaking, we knew that we had nailed it, and we were so proud of our performance. We knew the judging was out of our hands, but we felt like we had achieved our ultimate goal. To hear our names called as the 2nd place team was just the icing on the cake! That was a moment I will never forget.
-Christy Calabro, Student, Villanova School of Business
I was honored and delighted to be a judge for the 2010 Aspen Institute Case Competition. I was extremely impressed by the students' enthusiasm for the case, and their ideas on how to incorporate sustainability into the business world. I look forward to hearing more from the Aspen Institute.
-Beth Colleton, SVP Corporate Social Responsibility/Sustainability at NBCUniversal, Inc.
The Aspen International Case Competition was an amazing and wonderful opportunity for me. I thoroughly enjoyed the rich and complex analysis that the case required. My team and I bonded with each other and we met and exchanged ideas with fascinating colleagues from around the world. We learned how crucial integrating sustainability concepts is for advancing businesses and society both economically and socially.The competition was expertly run and resulted in an enriching experience for everyone involved.
-Robert Colorafi, Asset Management Analyst, New York City Transit (Wilfrid Laurier University MBA Grad)
You did a fantastic job on coordinating minutiae for the Case Competition. Thank you!
-Rohit Deshpande, Sebastian S. Kresge Professor of Marketing, Harvard Business School
On behalf of my team, I wanted to say a big thank you for organizing the Aspen Case Competition. I was pleasantly surprised by the case topic. It was certainly relevant to contemporary issues facing business and society, but more importantly it was similar in size and scope to ones students will soon be facing in their professions upon graduation. I was also genuinely impress with the Yale-written case study used in the competition. The information provided was robust and relevant to a good analysis. And the videos, external links, and extra resources really helped put everything into a real world context.
-Nicholas Fusso, MBA Student, The Drucker School, Claremont Graduate University
The Aspen Institute's international case study competition challenges our future leaders to address important management decisions within the context of real world social, ethical and environmental issues confronting business.
-Bryan Garcia, Director, Yale Center for Business and the Environment
My students had nothing but praise for how well the event was organized.
-Mary C. Goss, Senior Director, MBA Program at Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business
The 2010 business school case competition was an uplifting event from all perspectives. The excitement and engagement of the students, the audience and the panel was palpable, and indicative of the growing support for the kinds of business judgment and principles that the Aspen Institute Business and Society Program is working so hard to make standard practice. Congratulations, too, to the organizers for selecting The Tata Group, an extraordinary company from India that makes the strongest case there is for financial and social sustainability. They have demonstrated how it is done for 142 years.
-Ann Graham, Contributing Editor, strategy+business and Editorial Director, Conscious Capitalism Institute
To be part of the Aspen Institute's Business & Society International MBA Case Competition is a great honour and an experience I highly recommend. The 2012 case study on Walmart de Mexico was exhilarating to analyse and a lot of fun to report on. I had an enriching experience to synergise ideas and synthesise recommendations from different professional and cultural viewpoints within my team. I particularly enjoyed the focus on sustainable practices as we had to address the social, ethical and environmental issues, which are important challenges faced by business leaders today. My team and I were humbled to make it to New York City, a personal goal of mine. It was a privilege to meet the other professional contestants and honourable guests and judges, some of whom I remain in contact with. I wish the Aspen Institute continued success and thank you for this unforgettable learning journey. I will take the fond experiences and learnings from this fantastic real-life challenge as I continue my Masters in Business Leadership (MBL).
- Harpal Gubner, MBL student, Curtin University, Graduate School of Business (Perth, Western Australia)
The Aspen Case Competition is not just a simple CSR case but a complex business case with a strong component of CSR. We, at ESADE Business School, like this approach and encourage our students to participate year after year in this competition. And they really enjoy it!
-Nuria Guilera, MBA & Executive Masters Marketing Director, ESADE Business School
The Aspen Institute Business and Society Case Competition is a great addition to the learning environment for graduate business students. The case itself was complex and did a great job of challenging students to integrate core business skills with issues around sustainability and corporate social responsibility. The internal competition is lively and provides multiple teaching opportunities for faculty.
-R. Bruce Hutton, Ph.D., Dean Emeritus Piccinati, Professor in Teaching Innovation, Daniels College of Business University of Denver
This case competition was incredibly challenging but also inspiring. It brought together topics learned in my MBA program and my personal passions and interests. It served as the perfect capstone to my MBA education.
-Patricia Jurca, MBA Student, Case Western Reserve University
I know that I speak for my team in saying that we all had such a great evening. It was a wonderful event, and it made all the hard work worth it!
-Marni Kruppa, MBA Student, NYU Stern
My whole experience with the Aspen Case Competition was fantastic. I'll never forget how much fun my team had working on the case, or how shocked we were to be sitting on a plane to NYC just a few weeks later! Thank you so much for showing emerging business leaders that it pays to consider the triple-bottom-line.
-Priyanka Lloyd, Student, Wilfrid Laurier University, School of Business and Economics
Regardless of whether our team moved forward, it was a wonderful experience for us all. Thanks again for all of your hard work and for your wonderful organization of the event!
-Karen Mittendorf, Associate Director of Graduate Student Services, and Student Advisor Graduate Business Programs, Baylor University
The Tuck students loved the case and the opportunity to wrestle with the complexity of balancing environmental issues, costs, and organizational culture.
-Patricia Palmiotto, Director, Allwin Initiative for Corporate Citizenship, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth
This was definitely a good experience for us, and of course a wonderful opportunity for our finalist team.
-Hanna-Leena Pesonen, Vice Dean, Professor in Corporate Environmental Management, University of Jyväskylä - School of Business and Economics
Participating to the Aspen Institute Business & Society competition turned out to be an fantastic adventure. Having to put together a report within 72 hours on a very complex case is a tough challenge and what makes it different is that it deals with a real company and a real issue. For our team, travelling to New York was unexpected and turned out to be a once in a lifetime experience. The presence of the company at the final round made it all the more exciting as well. Thank you for providing us this great opportunity, I would encourage any student around the world to participate in the future.
- Thierry Morel, MBA Student, Curtin University, Graduate School of Business (Western Australia)
Though we would have wished a different result, we feel really very happy because our students participated and felt enthusiastic about this initiative. It was really inspiring for them and we hope to see more opportunities like this in the near future. Our special thanks for you and your colleagues because you were of great support during the whole process.
-Irene Torres, Associate Director of Internationalization, IESA (Venezuela)