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Sierra Fowler, Emily Long, John Morgridge and Julia Stoll

The Daniels team of Denver MBA students Sierra Fowler, Emily Long, John Morgridge and Julia Stoll took second place in the finals of this year’s Aspen Institute Business and Society International MBA Case Competition held in New York City April 26.

Students had 72 hours to review and respond to a case study that challenged them to enhance sustainability initiatives at the Marina Bay Sands resort in Singapore. Students were tasked with developing practical implementation strategies for Marina Bay Sands that integrate sustainable commitments with human behavior. The resort also hoped implementing sustainable practices would afford an opportunity to appeal to younger generations of customers.

“Competing in the Aspen Institute Case Competition was the perfect capstone to my MBA experience,” said Stoll. “Our team applied all the skills we had learned in the program, and we were able to quickly analyze a real-world business challenge, collaborate on innovative solutions, and then present our recommendations to the stakeholders.”

This year’s winning teams were:  

  • 1st Place: New York University, Stern School of Business
  • 2nd Place: University of Denver, Daniels College of Business
  • 3rd Place: Duquesne University, Donahue Graduate School of Business
  • 4th Place: The George Washington University, School of Business
  • 5th Place: Wilfrid Laurier University, Lazaridis School of Business & Economics (Canada)

It was a major achievement just to make the finals: Daniels out-cased top business schools from around the world to be one of 25 teams chosen to compete in the finals. More than 1,000 students competed this year.

All the finalist teams received prize money, with the first-place team receiving $15,000 in scholarship funds. The Daniels team received $7,500.

“I loved that we were supporting a sustainably-focused company in a global business environment,” Stoll said. “Everything I’ve done here at Daniels prepared me for that, and I am proud to say we were competing with top MBA programs from around the world.”

Now in its ninth year, the Aspen Institute’s Business and Society International MBA Case Competition encourages the next generation of business leaders to think innovatively about the role of business in solving the world’s most complex and pressing challenges.