Case competitions are the sport of MBA programs, enabling students to showcase the skills they've honed in the classroom to senior executives, with prize money, school pride, and potentially job offers on the line. Teams of MBAs sign up to take on multi-million and sometimes multi-billion dollar problems, constructing and delivering recommendations to a judging panel typically composed of senior executives. After the presentation, the judges test every idea and challenge every assumption in Q&A to see just how thorough a team has been in defending their strategy.
While every competition is different, there are strategies that have consistently proven to be successful. Jason and his co-coaches have taught teams how to create executive-level presentations and effectively manage intense Q&A sessions like professional consultants. Students have applied the skills developed through this instruction in their internships and post-MBA roles, impressing C-suite leaders with their ability to provide data-driven recommendations with a compelling narrative.
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Jason is the Director of Graduate Business Career Services at the University of Florida and the co-author of CASE IN POINT: Case Competition. Before joining UF, he was a strategy consultant for McKinsey & Company, held corporate roles with ExxonMobil and John Deere, and completed his MBA at Duke University. For the past six years, Jason has applied his experience with building and communicating recommendations for senior executives toward coaching MBA students on landing top-tier jobs and winning case competitions. During his time at UF, the full-time MBA program has made record gains in placement rates and starting salaries, and UF MBA Case Competition teams have amassed 18 first-place wins.
Kara is the Director of Full-Time MBA program at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill's Kenan-Flagler Business School and the co-author of CASE IN POINT: Case Competition. Before joining UNC in 2017, she worked at the University of Florida MBA program and, for over a decade, coached MBA students on winning case competitions. During Kara?s time at UF, UF MBA Case Competition teams amassed 18 first-place wins. At UNC, Kara works in partnership with the case competition coaches, which include world-class faculty, staff, and students, to maximize the winning culture and ensure even more success in the future.