With Regional Win LSU Team Advances to National Accounting Competition 2018

Students take a group photo at the Deloitte competition.

From left to right: Jordan Williams, Evan Chaney, Alyssa Azuara, Kylie Cronin, Madeline McClain, and Trevor Maggio.

November 28, 2018

BATON ROUGE -  With a win at regionals, a team of LSU accounting students will advance to compete in Deloitte’s national 2019 Audit Innovation Campus Challenge (AICC) to be held in April of 2019 at Deloitte University in Westlake, Texas.

The team competed on November 16 in Houston, Texas against other regional universities including Trinity University, University of Kansas, University of Arkansas, Oklahoma State University, and University of Mississippi. Along with LSU, Baylor University was selected to advance to the national competition to be held in April of 2019 at Deloitte University in Westlake, Texas.

LSU was represented by Alyssa Azuara of Covington; Evan Chaney of Baton Rouge; Kylie Cronin of Baton Rouge; Trevor Maggio of New Orleans; Madeline McClain of Lake Charles; and Jordon Williams of Houston, Texas. LSU Assistant Professor of accounting Sanaz Aghazadeh served as the team's faculty advisor. Aghazadeh, along with Deloitte Partner Patrick Brandau and Deloitte Senior Campus Recruiting Specialist Claire Bourgeois attended the competition.

“Deloitte’s Audit Innovation Campus Challenge was the best learning experience of my time in college thus far,” said Cronin, a sophomore. “I gained confidence, knowledge, teamwork skills, networking skills, and more! Working with my LSU team on this challenge made me really excited about the future of audit innovation and how we can contribute to that.”

AICC is a national program hosted by the Deloitte Foundation and Deloitte’s Audit Innovation group. The competition helps students test their thinking and research skills and also promotes the development of other professional skills such as networking and communication.

“Deloitte AICC was overall an excellent experience,” said McClain, a junior. “From networking with other teams to team building within my own, I have learned so much. It has given me the opportunity to become more knowledgeable and expand my skills in audit innovation. I am looking forward to visiting DU in April!”

For the regional competition, each team was given the same challenge statement and tasked with determining how cutting-edge audit technologies could be applied to a real-world business issue. The teams then presented their findings to a panel of judges comprised of Deloitte partners. Judges considered a variety of different factors when selecting a winner such as the presented idea’s innovation, viability, and delivery. Responses to questions posed by the judges also served as a basis for assessment.

“This experience really helped me become more creative and think outside of the box,” said Williams, a sophomore. “I learned a lot from our advisors and experts, and am confident that I will be able to apply my new knowledge to the real world. Overall, my experience with Deloitte AICC was great, and I would recommend it to all accounting majors!”

This win represents the second year in a row that LSU’s team has been selected to advance in the AICC nationally. Information about past competitions and how to get involved is available on our Deloitte Case Competitions webpage.

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Wendy Marx
LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business
225-578-8865