Jack Post | Senior, Student Director | LinkedIn
I am a Senior at the University of Washington Foster School of Business studying Finance and Information systems. I am also involved with Montlake Consulting Group and have held the roles of Junior Partner, Managing Partner, and am currently serving as the Senior Partner. I served as president of GC3 during the 2016-2017 school year. During the most recent summer, I worked as a Risk Consultant for KPMG. When I am not working, I enjoy hiking, skiing, and photography.
My favorite case competition was the 2016 University of Porto Case Competition held in Porto, Portugal. The charge of acting as a venture capitalist, giving strategic advice on mergers and acquisitions, was the most technical case competition I have ever done. This level of difficulty, specifically related to finance, created the perfect environment for optimal learning and personal development.
My piece of advice is to be curious. The most curious teams explore a multitude of solutions ranging from simple to complicated and obvious to obscure. This completely exhaustive way of problem solving allows the team to generate the best possible solution with support for their own solution and support for why they chose not to pursue other solutions. Personal curiosity leads to more personal growth while working on a case competition and will have all members more prepared to present and answer questions.
Rose Jao | Junior, Head of Marketing & Design | LinkedIn
Hello! My name is Rose, a Junior in the Foster School of Business studying Marketing and Finance. This summer I was a Supply Chain intern at Boeing, and during the school year I am a Marketing/Communications intern for a tech company called SWAT Systems.
My favorite case competition thus far is the Russell Investments International Case Competition of 2016. A sudden drop forced us to scramble and find a last minute replacement member, which ended up forming of the most dynamic and collaborative teams I've ever been on.
A word of advice I have for beginners is to dive in immediately and build your experience. You can only truly improve at case competitions by doing them--there is no magic book, website, or template.
Amanda Schmitz | Senior | LinkedIn
Hi there! My name is Amanda Schmitz, and I’m an incoming senior majoring in Business Administration, concentrating in Marketing and Information Systems. In terms of my professional experience, I’ve had the opportunity to intern for SAP Concur for two summers, and I’ve been heavily involved across a variety of organizations and activities in the Foster School of Business — especially case competitions.
Case competitions hold a special place in my heart, and amongst them, the Global Health Business Case Competition is my favorite because of the cross-major collaboration and interesting charges.
My biggest piece of advice for case competitions: quantify every piece of your plan.
Andrew Chan | Senior
Greetings, my name is Andrew and I am originally from Hong Kong.
I am a senior currently majoring in Finance and minoring in Education, Learning, and Societies. This summer, I have kept myself busy to prepare for the upcoming law school admissions cycle. My past work experience includes being a legal intern at the Seattle Municipal Court and the Washington State Administrative Law Court.
My favorite case competition to date is the Target Consulting Challenge. The competition requires the team to meet with the business owner, and tailor a recommendation that would help the business owners put their products on shelf to Washington Target stores. This experience gave me a unique opportunity to see the operation challenges of small business owners face, and applying our creativity to solve the owner's problem.
Words of advice:
1. Be very passionate about the project you will be/are working on.
Turn your anxiousness to positive energy. Make use of your knowledge and learn what you don't know. Be passionate in everything you do.
2. Try your absolute best.
Winning is not everything. It is more about your attitude, motivation, and commitment to achieve your best. You should take a deep breath, think clearly what is your goal and ultimate takeaways in participating this case competition.
3. Treat your team as a unit
Pulling a good case competition is essentially about teamwork, coherency, and bonding. You should always cover a person's blindside and balance your team's weaknesses to strengths. Know everyone on your team, learn what they do best and utilize their strengths will help you succeed in a case competition.
Bianca Cheung | Junior
My name is Bianca and I’m studying finance at Foster as well as biology/chemistry for my research interests. I enjoy giving presentations, so over the years at UW, I have presented my research projects, taught physics at a high school, and, of course, competed in a few case competitions.
The competition that stands out most to me is the Global Business Health Case Competition. It’s a relatively new case competition, and requires that at least two different majors are represented on a team. I found that it was a really engaging way of combining my (and my teammates’) interests and knowledge in healthcare-related research with case competitions. It’s a great feeling when everything comes together and a case topic matches with your background or personal interests.
Words of advice: Even though it’s hard to work with busy schedules, try to be with your team as much as possible. Working in the same physical space makes a huge difference in how quickly decisions are made, information is shared, and teams become comfortable.
Carolyn Qi | Junior | LinkedIn
My name is Carolyn, and I am studying Marketing and Information Systems at the Foster School of Business.
My favorite case competition was a EY competition on the topic of cars and new car technology because it gave me a chance to look into a whole new industry I never thought about before.
My suggestion for people interested in case competitions is to do lots! The more experienced you are at them, the more fun they become.
Cody Ng | Senior | LinkedIn
Hey there! My name’s Cody Ng, and I’m a rising senior studying Business Administration: Finance and Information Systems. This summer I interned at Apple as a Project Manager Intern and have interned at Goldman Sachs and Amazon in the past!
My favorite case competition has been the UW Global Business Case Competition (GBCC), where teams from all around the world congregated at Foster for a week of competition, events/activities, and fun. Through GBCC, I created genuine friendships with students from Singapore, Portugal, etc. and learned from/competed against some of the best student consultants in the world.
For a new case competitor, my piece of advice to him/her would be to try to determine and understand his/her strengths and weaknesses early on; I’m a big advocate of playing to one’s strengths while also studying and improving one’s weaknesses.
Davin Yeom | Senior | LinkedIn
I’m a senior studying business administration, focusing in accounting and information systems. I interned at PACCAR Financial this past summer, and I hope to go into public accounting with a CPA after graduation.
PwC’s accounting challenge was my favorite case competition, because it allowed for very creative problem solving and frequent interactions with the mentor.
My advice for case competitions would be to highlight individual strengths and use your resources wisely.
Karah Hsu | Sophomore | LinkedIn
I plan to concentrate in Marketing and Finance.
My favorite case competition is the Russell Investments International Case Competition because I learned the most during that case competition.
The best way to improve your case competition skills is to practice.
Keenan Goodman | Junior | LinkedIn
Hello, my name is Keenan. I am studying Finance in the Foster School of Business and pursuing a minor in Informatics. I have worked as an Operations Management Intern at a mid-sized manufacturing company named Columbia Machine Inc. and, most recently, as an IT Intern at Liberty Mutual Insurance.
My favorite case competition experience so far was the ABSA Case Competition that was created this last Spring. My teammates made this competition quite fun and educational. The team dynamic was great and we came up with a solution we were all genuinely passionate about.
Advice for new competitors: share your ideas fearlessly, you have more insight than you may think!
Mike Guevarra | Junior | LinkedIn
I'm a Junior at Foster, concentrating in Marketing & Information Systems. I have interned with Boeing, Foster's Marketing Team, and now a small educational consulting firm in China.
My favorite case competition was Northwestern Mutual 2016, as I felt it was the most interesting and fun team dynamic I have been a part of.
My advice for students interested in Case Competitions is to try competing with people of all experience levels and backgrounds!
Nicholas Harmon | Junior | LinkedIn
I am a rising junior majoring in finance. Ideally I will stay within the area and work in corporate finance.
My favorite case I participated in was the Global Business Health Case Competition. I enjoyed it because I was able to work with a tight knit team and apply what I had learned in Foster into the real world.
My advice for someone who is new to case competitions is to be organized and willing to provide and give feedback to their teammates.
Preston Gulledge | Senior | LinkedIn
I am a Senior at Foster majoring in Finance, International Business, and minoring in Chinese. I interned with PwC management consulting last summer and will be starting full-time with PWC Management Consulting next year.
My favorite case competition thus far in my time at UW has been the Harvard Global Case Competition as it was a historically accurate biopharmaceutical start-up valuation case that blended VC, PE, and consulting.
If I could offer one piece of advice to new case competition contestants, it would be: "Think Blue Ocean."
Renee Ren | Sophomore | LinkedIn
Hello! My name is Renee Ren, a sophomore studying business at Foster. I plan to major in Finance and International Business (Spanish Track). During my first year at the University of Washington, I have taken on leadership roles in the Supplier Diversity Program and my business fraternity Alpha Kappa Psi. I also really enjoy case competitions because they have helped me to improve my teamwork, research and presentation skills.
My favorite case competition was the Russell Investments International Case Competition last fall because I learned a lot about the Airline Industry and was able to construct a creative expansion plan for Emirates Airlines.
One piece of advice that I have for people who are new to case competitions is to divide the tasks strategically among each team member. It is always more efficient to assign responsibilities depending on each person's strengths instead of trying to do all the work together.
Skye Scofield | Junior | LinkedIn
I am a Junior at the University of Washington Foster School of Business studying Finance and Information Systems, and pursuing departmental honors. I've been involved in a variety of organizations across campus, and this year I am serving as Managing Partner of Montlake Consulting Group and Programming Director of the Interfraternity Council in addition to my involvement with GLDT. I spent my summer as a Business Intelligence Intern with OmniePartners, and when I'm not working, I loves to sail, ski and work on my basketball game.
My favorite case competition was the 2017 Deloitte Case Competition. The charge was both broad and focused, and we had enough information to create dynamic, detailed solutions to an engaging problem.
Piece of advice: Never stop asking questions. Your curiosity is your greatest strength in case competitions; the more you learn, the better you'll get.
Sophie Wong | Junior | LinkedIn
I am majoring in accounting and minoring in dance. As an intern, I worked in consulting and assurance, and I also enjoy freelance dancing. I am starting full time with EY next year.
Favorite case competition: Global Health Case Competition because it incorporated issues outside of business and required working with people from different industry backgrounds.
Word of advice: Practice!