Marshall Case Team
In my last blog post, I wrote about my favorite class at HKUST, a case-based class called Doing Business in Asia. This class spurred my interest in consulting, then with my corporate strategy internship at Disney, I knew I wanted to go into consulting. At Bocconi, I joined the Bocconi Students Consulting Club. When I came back to USC, I recruited for consulting jobs and joined the Marshall Case Team (MCT). As a member of MCT, I train to represent Marshall and USC at international case competitions. This year I have been blessed to attend 3 and organize one competition.
Citi-HKUST International Case Competition
In October, I got the opportunity to participate in the Citi-HKUST International Case Competition (CICC). This year, CICC had 15 schools from North America, Europe, and Asia competing to prepare the best solutions for HKT, a telecommunications company in Hong Kong. The 24-hour case was tough and exhausting, but a valuable learning experience nevertheless. It was nice to be back on HKUST campus, see familiar faces in the WBB office, and meet the 2019 WBB cohort. Although our all-girls team did not place, I was grateful for all the new friendships and opportunity to go home, even if it’s just for a few days.
Champions Trophy Case Competition
Three weeks into my final semester, I had the chance to compete at the University of Auckland in New Zealand for the Champions Trophy. It was a true honor to attend this competition because the level of competition was extremely high. To be one of the 12 teams invited to the Champions Trophy, schools must have placed first in an international case competition in the last year. USC was invited because one of our teams placed first at last year’s University of British Columbia Sauder Summit Global Case Competition. This competition was also unique in that no PowerPoints were allowed; all presentations were done with hand-drawn paper slides.
In addition of 2-3 days of exciting social events (like bungee jumping) there were 4 rounds of 5-hour cases. Cases included Air New Zealand, New Zealand Rugby, and two other small startups. Our team pulled through and placed 3rd, the best result USC has ever achieved at this competition!
Marshall International Case Competition
Just last weekend, we held the 2017 Marshall International Case Competition. We invited 17 schools from around the world. I, along with two of my WBB peers oversaw the competition, meaning that we had the freedom to decide the format of the competition. I ended up also helping with making booklets, PowerPoints, and the website for the entire competition. Throughout the weekend, I also took on the emcee role and helped with logistics and organization. It was interesting to see what a case competition would look like from a new perspective.
UBC Sauder Summit Global Case Competition
Next week, I will be flying up to the University of British Columbia for the Sauder Summit Global Case Competition. I am the only member of the team who has competed at an international case competition before, making it a learning opportunity for me to mentor and share my experience with my team mates.
From time to time, MCT gets exhausting and stressful, but I am constantly rewarded with free trips to travel, global business exposure, and the opportunity to make new friends from around the world. I would never trade this for any other experience.