A team of three UW Foster School of Business undergraduates placed third in the second annual Spanish Language Business Case Competition at Brigham Young University in Utah on November 13, 2009 – the only one of its kind in the US. Both business knowledge and mastery of a second language were tested for each participant.
Britten Ferguson, Alex Fitch and Taylor Sloane recommended strategies for Walmart’s international expansion. The case, the presentation and the Q&A with judges were all in Spanish, which is a second language for these students. The team presented to panels of corporate and faculty judges in two preliminary rounds. The top three teams, representing Indiana University, Utah State University and the University of Washington, went on to the final round.
Alex Fitch, Certificate for International Studies in Business student organization president, said, “In using my Spanish language skills in this competition, I gained confidence in the prospect of doing business in Spanish in the future.”