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PowerShift Case Competition celebrates inaugural gender-focused competition

Monday, April 24, 2017

On Friday, April 21, 14 teams of Purdue students met in the Krannert School of Management for the inaugural PowerShift Case Competition, sponsored by Accenture, the Jane Brock-Wilson Women in Management Center, Purdue Libraries and the Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence.

This competition encourages productive conversations between men and women about real life gender issues in the workplace to help students develop competencies in leading gender-diverse teams. The Harvard Business Review Case focused on a case of gender discrimination in a law firm. Students offered strategies for managing the fallout of the discrimination and plans for future implementation of gender equal policies at the firm.

Judges for the PowerShift Competition were Julia Hipps (formerly of Eli Lilly), Jacqueline Lemke (BASi), Patrick Mosher (Mosher Enterprises), Tom Puterbaugh (formerly of Spensa Technologies), Nina Swanson (PayPal), Heather Howard (Purdue Libraries), Michael Flierl (Purdue Libraries), Ilana Stonebraker (Purdue Libraries), and Cara Putman (Krannert).

The winners of the PowerShift Case Competition are:

1st Place: KIME Consulting: Monika Meng, Isaac Tang, Kana Wei, Ruoxuan Zhao

2nd Place: Fantastic Five: Megan Smith, Cooper Dixon, Jared Andrews, Alyssa Walther, Carrie Zylstra-Skinner

3rd Place: Team Esteem: Shannon Kane, Grant Longacre, Nadia Duke, Natalie Burgos

Thank you to our sponsors and judges for their contributions and support of this case competition.

About the Jane Brock-Wilson Women in Management Center

The Jane Brock-Wilson Women in Management Center prepares leaders for a diverse global workforce and supports women, starting from pre-college and extending throughout their careers. We strive to influence research, education and business practices for the advancement of women in the workplace. For more information, visit