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University-wide PowerShift Case Competition to address real-world gender issues

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Graduate students from other Purdue University colleges, schools and academic units are encouraged to take part in real world, gender-issue case competition designed to help them lead in a diverse and changing workforce and use their skills to generate solutions.

Set for April 21, the PowerShift Case Competition is held annually by Purdue’s Krannert School of Management. The Jane Brock-Wilson Women in Management Center will lead the competition in collaboration with Dr. Ellen Ernst Kossek, the Basil S. Turner Professor of Management and research director of the Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence.  PowerShift is made possible by support from Accenture and Purdue University Libraries. 

The case will be released in early April to approximately 15 teams composed of four to five students each, who will present their recommendations to judges and sponsors on April 21 following a preliminary round of presentations on April 14.  

“Called ‘the varsity sports of business schools,’ case competitions are becoming an integral element of managerial education,” says Kossek. “Adding a gender diversity theme to this format will generate important dialogue among men and women who will become tomorrow’s leaders.” 

For more information, visit or contact the Jane Brock-Wilson Women in Management Center at