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Purdue Krannert School of Management Jane Brock-Wilson Center for Women in Management

PowerShift Case Competition

PowerShift LogoThe goal of the PowerShift Case Competition is to prepare students to lead in a diverse and changing workforce.  Graduate students will be confronted with a real-world gender issue and will be challenged to use their skills to generate solutions.  This day-long event, to be held annually in the Krannert School of Management, is led by the Jane Brock-Wilson Women in Management Center and Purdue Libraries, in collaboration with Dr. Ellen Ernst Kossek, the Basil S. Turner Professor at Purdue University's Krannert School of Management and Research Director of the Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence.

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)
  • Jackie Lemke (BASi)
  • Patrick Mosher (formerly of Accenture)
  • Tom Puterbaugh (formerly of Spensa Technologies)
  • Nina Swanson (PayPal)
  • Heather Howard (Purdue Libraries)
  • Michael Flierl (Purdue Libraries)
  • Ilana Stonebraker (Purdue Libraries)
  • Cara Putnam (Krannert)

The winners of the PowerShift Case Competition are below:

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.