LSU Diversity Diplomats Finish Third in National Competition

The Tiger Paw Solutions team finished third at NDCC.

The Tiger Paw Solutions team finished third at NDCC.

January 21, 2016

BATON ROUGE – On its initial visit to the National Diversity Case Competition, the E. J. Ourso College of Business Diversity Diplomats placed third among 34 schools, finishing only behind the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Southern California.

The LSU team, dubbed Tiger Paw Solutions, consisted of undergraduate students Katelyn Veade, senior accounting major; Tegan Billiot, junior accounting major; Irielle Washington, junior marketing major; and James Wi-Afedzi, junior accounting major. Their presentation was a strategy to acknowledge Target’s support of the LGBT community.

For finishing third, Tiger Paw Solutions took home $3,000 from the $20,000 prize pool. More than 200 business schools submitted entries to the competition and the top 34 were invited. Only the top seven teams placed, with the University of Arkansas, University of Maryland, University of Michigan, and Southern University and A&M College rounding out that group.

The event was hosted by the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.

“I can’t tell you how excited I am to be part of a team that accomplished third place in a very competitive event,” Billiot said. “To be chosen as one of the 34 schools selected from across the nation, to compete in a case competition for the very first time and win third place, it has been an incredibly surreal experience. It was exciting and enlightening to meet so many other diverse students and employers. Just the preparation and networking opportunities made this trip worth it.”

The Kelley School of Business National Diversity Case Competition, or NDCC, is a premier event that brings together top-level, diverse talent from colleges and universities across the country. The competition is held annually over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend and is aimed at educating students about the importance of diversity in business. It also acts a networking and recruiting event for corporate partners who are on hand to judge the case competition, present workshops and participate in the networking reception and dinner.

“I’m extremely proud of this team,” said Angela Guidry, director of the Office of Diversity for the E. J. Ourso College of Business. “I watched them grow, critique each other honestly and give the necessary feedback for improvement. They survived and thrived during the preparation process and finally learned to trust themselves. The skill set of each diplomat came together at the right time.”

About Diplomats for Diversity
The E. J. Ourso College of Business Diplomats for Diversity is a student organization established to assist the Diversity & Inclusion Initiative with the recruitment and retention of minority undergraduate students. Diplomats work with the coordinator for the Diversity & Inclusion Initiative to develop and implement programs that support and create community among business and pre-business students. Additionally, they attend recruiting events on and off campus and provide mentorship to students enrolled in the initiative’s Bridge to Success Program.

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Angela McBride
LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business
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