My classmates, Yen “Lacey” Nguyen, Fernanda Lopez, and I were selected for the Final Round of the national Hitachi Pioneer Employer Competition. We’ll compete against four of the other Top 5 candidates at the 2011 Net Impact Conference in Portland, OR this October.
The theme of the competition is to develop (actionable) strategies that employer can make to improve their bottom line by/while improving the welfare of their low wage and front line workers.
The competition is composed of two parts: a case analysis and a curriculum change proposal to enhance the visibility of human capital strategies targeted at front line and low wage workers.
To complete the case and the proposal, we used lessons from our courses in Leadeship and Human Capital Management, Financial Management, and Strategic Management. We also talked with many professors about case studies that could augment the curriculum as it begins to implement the Smith Experience, a new program at the Smith School that will require MBAs to participate in experience-based learning such as consulting or global business exposure.
You can read more about our team at Smith’s Center for Social Value Creation.