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High School Students Put Their Skills to the Test at Leaders of Tomorrow Business Case Competition
June 19, 2013
High school students from across the U.S. will gather at Bentley for high-level competition as they analyze an MBA-level graduate school business case and present recommendations before panels of senior corporate executives and business school faculty. Sponsored by the National Black MBA Association, the 12th-annual Leaders of Tomorrow National Business Case Competition will be held June 21 - 23 on the Bentley campus. 22 teams from around the world will compete for up to $5,000 in scholarship money.
“Students will work together to refine skill sets necessary to be part of a college setting and obtain a job,” says Jeannette Buntin, director of Multicultural Student Services at Bentley. “The competition is an amazing launch pad for them.”
Teams will be challenged to create and defend new ideas as they put classroom knowledge —algebra, English, economics, research, and more — to the test. Preparation begins in April as students work with a mentor who walks through the techniques MBAs use to solve complex problems, including:
• Performing quantitative and qualitative analysis
• Developing marketing plans
• Forecasting expenses and revenue
• Strategic and project planning
• Developing an implementation plan
This intense, small group tutelage will help student participants advance their understanding of math application, economics, research, business writing, and strategic analysis well beyond the level of college freshmen. Using visual aids and effective messaging, teams will present ideas to a panel of judges. They will have an opportunity to network with executives, faculty and fellow students during an awards dinner.
Since 2001, the Leaders of Tomorrow National Business Case Competition has awarded more than $300,000 in scholarships and programming support. Hundreds of students have participated in the case competition, either as actual competitors in the final rounds or in preliminary rounds through their local chapters.