University of Southern California

USC Marshall Team Wins Women in Business Challenge
October 29, 2007 • by News at Marshall

LOS ANGELES -- A team of MBA students from the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business has won the second annual Women in Business Challenge, beating out groups from seven other top schools.

"Case competitions such as the Women in Business Challenge give students a chance to tackle a real-world problem under a tight deadline, presenting solutions to the company's own top executives,” said Lida Jennings, director of USC Marshall's full-time MBA program and coordinator of the challenge. “This particular competition brought together teams of women MBA students from around the country, allowing them to network and to bring their unique approaches and talents to bear on a business challenge of vital interest to women."

USC Marshall’s winning team included Jeannine Walker, Zelinda Welch, Lisette Lopez and Heidi Swymer. Second place went to New York University and third to Cornell University. Other teams came from the University of California – Berkeley, the University of Texas – Austin, Georgetown University, Emory University and the University of Oregon.

The teams were given a problem facing Nike’s Global Women’s Training Division. The teams had approximately 24 hours to research the problem, develop a solution and create a presentation to a group of Nike’s most senior female executives. Nike has sponsored the Women in Business Challenge in each of its first two years.

About the USC Marshall School of Business
Consistently ranked among the nation's premier schools, USC Marshall is internationally recognized for its emphasis on entrepreneurship and innovation, social responsibility and path-breaking research. Located in the heart of Los Angeles, one of the world's leading business centers and the U.S. gateway to the Pacific Rim, Marshall offers its 5,700-plus undergraduate and graduate students a unique world view and impressive global experiential opportunities. With an alumni community spanning 123 countries, USC Marshall students join a worldwide community of thought leaders who are redefining the way business works.