LSU Finishes Third for Second Straight Year at National Diversity Case Competition

LSU Tiger Paw Solutions team members (left to right) Brianna Price, Irielle Washington, Teja Dabney, and Carmen Calderon finished third at the National Diversity Case Competition.

LSU Tiger Paw Solutions team members (left to right)
Brianna Price, Irielle Washington, Teja Dabney, and Carmen
Calderon finished third at the National Diversity Case Competition.

January 18, 2017

BATON ROUGE – On its second visit to the National Diversity Case Competition, the E. J. Ourso College of Business Diversity Diplomats team finished third among 35 schools, repeating their showing at last year’s event.

The LSU team – dubbed Tiger Paw Solutions – finished only behind the University of Cincinnati and Indiana University, whose Kelley School of Business hosts the event each year.

“Competing was an amazing experience, overall,” said team member Brianna Price. “It was an honor to represent the E. J. Ourso College of Business and I learned so many skills that I will be able to carry with me as I enter the professional world. My teammates were all extremely hard-working and bright and we meshed so well together, which clearly benefited us in the end.”

The team members were Carmen Calderon, a sophomore international trade & finance major from Cecilia, La.; Teja Dabney, a junior accounting major from New Orleans; Price, a sophomore marketing major from Ocean Springs, Miss.; and Irielle Washington, a senior marketing major from New Orleans.

TPS took home $3,000 from the $20,000 prize pool. Only the top seven teams placed, with the University of Michigan, University of Washington, Purdue University and the University of Southern California rounding out that group.

LSU’s presentation was a strategy to help publicize and market Target’s role in gender-neutral toys.

“What an amazing accomplishment,” said Angela Guidry, director of the Office of Diversity for the E. J. Ourso College. “This year’s Tiger Paw Solutions team had great expectations placed upon them. This team pushed themselves, endured the process, stuck with the plan and made the necessary improvements to compete at a high level. They had big shoes to fill, they were determined and passionate, and ultimately, they showed their LSU pride and fulfilled the university motto of ‘Love Purple and Live Gold.’”

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 as 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.

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Angela McBride
LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business