HSB Student Wins Beta Gamma Sigma Case Category in Team Case Competition

Carly Bowser ’19 recognized at KPMG-sponsored event at 2017 Global Leadership Summit

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

PHILADELPHIA (December 5, 2017) — Carly Bowser, a junior finance and international business double major in Saint Joseph’s University’s Haub School of Business, was a member of a team of nine business students who won their case category during the Team Case Competition at Beta Gamma Sigma’s (BGS) 2017 Global Leadership Summit.  The event was sponsored by KPMG and held last month in Orlando, Florida.

“Hearing our group’s name called as the winner of our category, and getting the opportunity to present again in front of all of the attendees and speakers of the conference, was not only valuable presentation practice, but was also rewarding,” says Bowser, of Hershey, Pennsylvania. “The conference was filled with brilliant students who were selected to attend by their respective universities, so my group being highlighted for our efforts was beyond any of my expectations for the conference.”

The annual Global Leadership Summit allows BGS members to advance their leadership development while building relationships with fellow leaders from BGS chapters around the world. During the Summit, students participate in a carefully cultivated series of leadership sessions designed to build upon each other to culminate in an intensive team competition.

For the case competition, Bowser and her teammates worked on a scenario titled University of the Future. From among 35 teams, the group was selected as a winner based on the effectiveness of their presentation and their innovative 10-year plan using cognitive technology applications (artificial intelligence) to improve the educational experience of students of the future. The group was one of five winning teams that presented to a panel of judges and showcased their business solutions to the full group of summit attendees.

“We’re thrilled that Carly was a member of a winning team, and that she had the opportunity to work collaboratively with top students from other universities on solutions to a complex business scenario,” says Ruben A. Mendoza, Ph.D., assistant professor of Decision & System Sciences and advisor to the HSB Beta Gamma Sigma Chapter. “The fact that she was also able to hone her presentation skills at the BGS Global Leadership Summit was an invaluable experience for this talented student.” 

The case competition judges consisted of business and community leaders, the BGS leadership team, BGS board members, and deans from AACSB-accredited business programs. Their presentations were evaluated against established criteria, including evidence of preparation, content, consideration for innovation, delivery and discussion. Each presentation ended with a question-and-answer session with the judges.

Beta Gamma Sigma is the international business honor society which operates exclusively for AACSB- accredited programs. Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is highly selective, reserved for the top students within the five percent of business schools around the world that are eligible to establish Beta Gamma Sigma chapters. Beta Gamma Sigma has inducted more than 810,000 members worldwide since its founding in 1913.

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