GSCB Board Elections
GSCB is pleased to announce that we have a whole new managing Board that will serve you in the academic year 2014-2015. After a non-stop 6 hour interview process following your applications, we elected new Board members, and are proud of the diversity of our directors – from chemistry to engineering and from biology to law, we made sure that the new 9 Board members will understand the needs of our members and reflect this understanding in the events we are providing. You can learn more about us on the About GSCB page.
2014 GSCB Case Competition
3/14/2014 – 3/21/2014
The 2nd GSCB Case Competition was held on Friday, March 21st, 2014 in Newcomb Hall at the University of Virginia. 9 teams were selected to participate in the first round and 4 teams were promoted to the final round. The winner was Team “The Furious Five” from UVa and the runner-up was Team “Cogitamus” from UNC-Chapel Hill. Here’s what some participants and sponsors had to say about their experience.
Peter DeMartino, CEO, ASG-Thrive:
The experience was terrific on my part and we are integrating some of the ideas into our work.
I have been in touch with many of the teams and have shared all of the presentations with my Board of Directors.
Cindy Colson, Director of Programs, Center for Nonprofit Excellence
I was excited to learn that the Competition had selected a nonprofit organization. Nonprofit organizations have many similarities to for-profit organizations including a business plan, revenue streams, strategic planning, etc. All of the groups who participated in the organization brought a unique perspective to the competition in how they addressed the problem statement. Many groups were able to build on the expertise within their own field of study, yet able to reach beyond to recognize the full scope of problem statement. I valued the opportunity to be a part of a real-world consultation.
UNC-Chapel Hill team:
The UVa GSCB case competition provided a glimpse of consulting: research, analysis, presentation, and teamwork. When I received the invitational email for the case competition, despite having never done one before, I couldn’t turn down the challenge, the experience, or the networking potential.
The well-organized event was particularly attractive in that our recommendations had an actual effect on the real world – it wasn’t just a hypothetical exercise. We’re proud that our presentation stimulated a connection between the CEO of ASG, Peter DeMartino, and another Aids Service Organization that’s successfully navigated the transition to offering primary care services.
Our team, and our young club, gained confidence from our trek to Charlottesville – we thought this might be an appropriate career path for us to pursue, and this experience solidified our desire; it was truly an excellent experience.
Real-Life Consulting Project
12/1/2013 – 5/31/2014
GSCB offered its members real-life consulting experience by partnering with a local non-profit. Camp Holiday Trails is a company that provides camping experience for children with special needs and a team of GSCB members was working on developing new revenue sources for CHT so they can serve better their mission of helping children. The team presented to CHT management in the end of May. Here’s what some team members and CHT had to say about their experience.
Jaymes Beech, Biomedical Engineering Ph.D. student:
Working with Camp Holiday Trails (CHT) has been a great experience. They do so much for children with chronic diseases it was nice to be able to help them. We worked with several members of CHT including Chris, Heather, and Tina to find ways to increase their revenue. This involved increasing existing streams as well as finding new sources of income. Our diverse team started by spending a good amount of time analyzing their problem and making sure we had a deep understanding of our clients needs. We expanded the scope of the project accordingly and then took a systems analysis approach to develop our best solution as well as a few alternative options. After delivering our findings, CHT was very pleased with our results and will be implementing some of our recommendations during the next steps of this project.
Lawrence Bonczar, Systems and Information Engineering Master’s student:
This project had everything you’d want out of a graduate student consulting experience – an interesting problem and awesome clients; a chance to flex your critical thinking and communication skills; and the opportunity to build new relationships within one’s network for professional growth and friendship. I hope GSCB continues to offer programs such as this one – a chance to make a difference in the lives of others as well as yourself.
Tina LaRoche, Executive Director and Christine Shifflett, Camp Coordinator:
We greatly enjoyed working with the Graduate Students Consulting and Beyond Club on how to build up our rental program and general capacity for increasing revenue to advance our mission. The team we worked with was thorough and professional and presented some action items for immediate implementation as well as some long-range goals. We are particularly in the possibility of an online rental tool, the marketing tips, and the corporate partners/renters who may be converted into funders. Additional corporate grant leads were also helpful. The feedback was practical and we are appreciative of the attention to our needs, the understanding of our mission, and the research to help us move forward our mission of working with kids with special medical needs.
GSCB co-organized a webinar with Bain Atlanta where senior Bain consultants provided a detailed presentation on how advanced degree candidates can successfully switch to business consulting career and what are the best ways to prepare for application and interview processes.
Case Interview Boot Camp
8/17/2013 – 8/19/2013
Professor Brendan Boler from Case Interview Boot Camp conducted his 3-day workshop for our members. 3 hours every night for 3 days with engaging conversations and exercises provided invaluable experience in preparing for real life case interviews when applying for consulting jobs. As supplementary material during the workshop, students used one of the best books on case interview out there – Case in Point by Marc Cosentino.
GSCB Case Competition
5/20/2013 – 5/24/2013
The 1st GSCB Case Competition was held on May 24, 2013. We received applications from students and postdocs of University of Virginia, Johns Hopkins University, Pennsylvania State University, and Duke University. 12 teams were selected to participate in the first round, and 4 teams were promoted to the final round.
Mock Case Interview
3/29/2013 – 3/31/2013
GSCB facilitated case interview practice for the students and provided necessary case materials. Our members also had the opportunity to be interviewed by Darden students.
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