Michigan Ross Students Win KPMG National Case Competition For Second Straight Year


Ross’ emphasis on action-based learning just paid off big time for three BBAs and a teammate from the College of Engineering. Congratulations to Chelsea Racelis, Keishiro Iwasaki, Jay Parekh, and Sonia Thosar, this year’s winners of the KPMG U.S. National Case Competition. This is the second year in a row that a U-M team took top national honors.

In addition to studying the practice cases sent by KPMG, the team was able to leverage a number of experiences at Ross and U-M. These four stood out as particularly helpful:

  • Nexecon Consulting Group - Not only did this year’s KPMG dream team meet in this student-run consulting group, but they also heard about the contest from fellow Nexecon members.
  • Strategy 290 - Frameworks from this class helped the team to better organize and deliver content.
  • Crisis Challenge - Several team members were able to practice performing under pressure and exercising good judgment in this signature Ross leadership test.
  • Intel Diversity Case Competition - Some of the KPMG Case Competition team members participated in this challenging examination of real-world issues focused on diversity and inclusion.

What’s next after winning the Super Bowl of case contests? Disney World will have to wait, because this team is headed to Dubai. There, they’ll compete in the KPMG International Case Competition from April 11-16. The team will work with a mentor from KPMG before going head-to-head with talented teams from 22 countries, including Australia, Brazil, Serbia, and the United Kingdom.

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