Women in Business Place at Women in Leadership Case Competition

Published: April 15, 2024 | Author: Mary Amateis | Read Time: 3 minutes

SUU Women in Business 3rd place competition winnersThe Dixie L. Leavitt School of Business is proud to recognize its students in the Women in Business Club that placed 3rd at the Utah Valley University Women in Business Club Case Competition. The team was one of four from Southern Utah University that entered the competition. The event was hosted at the UVU Woodbury School of Business and Women Success Center and was open to all undergraduates and graduate students of all majors and genders alike. Cash prizes were awarded on the basis of first, second and third placements. The event provided the opportunity for student teams to gain valuable experience in problem-solving and innovation as a team.

Student teams were to analyze and propose innovative solutions to real-world business challenges featuring women in leadership positions. Participants then had the opportunity to meet and interact with said women leaders, with the finalists presenting directly to them. This opportunity allows students to engage in critical conversations with prominent figures in the field and to showcase their problem-solving and presentation skills within the context of working on a team. This event is a fantastic networking and confidence-building experience for those looking to pursue the field of business.

“Placing 3rd in the UVU Women in Leadership competition was a fantastic experience!” said Cashly Johnson, SUU Senior and member of the Women in Business club. “I especially enjoyed working with my teammates as we came up with a viable solution for the given case study and sharing our findings at the event. It was a great opportunity to use the professional and academic skills that I have received from SUU's School of Business and especially from the Women in Business organization.”

“The UVU case study competition was challenging but I was very fortunate to be on a team with Cashly and Becca. I have never been a part of a more perfectly constructed team for a project like that,” said Heather Durfee, a member of the Women in Business club. “Without the Women in Business club and Ivory Foundation these competition and conference opportunities would be far more difficult. I am grateful for the opportunities I have been given to expand my knowledge and skill base through experience.”

SUU’s Women in Business team placed third overall and was awarded a $300 cash prize for their efforts. The case study given to the team was to help substantiate funding for a Salt Lake City, Utah-based software startup called Fiksal, founded and executed by Krista Anderson. Ed.D. The team was required to provide a written executive summary and a PowerPoint presentation on their case analyses, solutions and final recommendations before presenting.

"This competition offered a dynamic entrepreneur challenge for students,” said Dr Paige Gardiner, director of the Ivory Scholars program. “Engaging in these competitions not only enriches students' academic experiences but also equips them with the confidence for them to thrive in competitive business environments."

The Women in Business club at SUU, sponsored by the Clark and Christine Ivory Foundation, is committed to empowering female students through opportunities, experiences and a sense of belonging in the business community. The Ivory Foundation values education, innovation and support for its members and community. Its goal of empowering women is met through organizations like the Women in Business at SUU.

Learn more about the Clark and Christine Ivory Foundation, Ivory Scholars, or join the Women in Business club at SUU.

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