On Friday the 26th of February, the Consulting and Business Development Center hosted its annual Consulting Challenge sponsored by Target. Twenty undergraduate and eight graduate student teams from throughout the University of Washington participated in a week-long case competition to generate solutions designed to increase Target’s supplier diversity. While most teams were comprised of students from the Foster school, in the spirit of diversity, the Consulting Challenge was opened to students of all majors from the UW, as well as welcoming a team of student competitors from Yakima Valley Community College.
After spending a week examining the case and creating recommendations, teams were tasked with presenting their solutions to a panel of judges in a preliminary round. After an excellent showing during the preliminary round, the top five undergraduate teams and top two graduate teams were invited to present their solutions during the final round at the Intellectual House, a building designed with diversity in mind.
Upon arrival at the Intellectual House, teams were greeted by a curated panel of judges including professionals from across the State of Washington as well as representatives from Target, to critique their proposed solutions. The teams proved their mettle while presenting their solutions in a professional manner to an astute panel of judges, hailing from an eclectic array of business and educational backgrounds.
After seven spectacular presentations, the top teams from the undergraduate and graduate categories were chosen. Overall, the impact of the Consulting Challenge was consummately described by a competitor, “As a freshman, having the opportunity to participate in the Target Consulting Challenge was a valuable experience that allowed me to broaden my horizons, learn about new topics, and refine my public speaking skills, while gaining insight from upperclassmen and business professionals” – Kim Perdue.
By Arjun Naik