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PowerShift Case Competition tackles gender pay equity in successful second year

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

On Thursday, April 12, a dozen teams of Purdue students met in the Krannert School of Management for the second annual PowerShift Case Competition, hosted by the Jane Brock-Wilson Women in Management Center and sponsored by Accenture, Phillips 66 and ArcelorMittal.

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 study focused on a case of gender pay equity. Students offered strategies for pay equity management practices and sustainability.

Judges for the PowerShift Competition were Michael Courtney (Accenture); Jonathan Rosenberg (Phillips 66); Jennifer McCloud (ArcelorMittal); Tom Puterbaugh (formerly of Spensa Technologies); Charlene Sullivan (Krannert); Whitney Brooks (PureStorage); Meara Habashi (Krannert); Susan Jischke (IBM); Candy King (Roche Diagnostics); and Amy David (Krannert).

The winners of the PowerShift Case Competition were:

1st Place: Ascend: Jinyu Chen, Nan Ma, Ruilin Liu, Jiani He

2nd Place: The Avengers: Rachel Svetanoff, Paula Navarro, Desiree Shannon, Matthew Kennedy

3rd Place: Zenith Consulting: Dhruv Patel, Julianne Hughes, Grant Troyer, Audrey Roland

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