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Donor Digest: Q1

By Alumni Relations

March 1, 2024

The Donor Digest

WSB Students Shine at Local, National Case Competitions

The WSB supply chain management program celebrated two big wins in February. A team of WSB undergraduate students kicked things off by taking first place in the Kohler Wisconsin Undergraduate Supply Chain Case Competition, a supply chain competition hosted at WSB. Then, a day later, a team comprised of four WSB graduate students took the top prize at a national graduate supply chain case competition at Texas Christian University (TCU). There, the powerhouse WSB team beat out students from 15 other universities—including heavy hitters like Arizona State, Rutgers, and USC.

From left to right, WSB’s winning team at TCU: Tobias Kern (BBA ’23, MS ’24), Juhi Goenka (MBA ’25), Sajal Dixit (MBA ’24), and Saurabh Pappu (MBA ’24). Photo courtesy of TCU Neeley School of Business

MBA Spring Consulting Practicum Project

This year, MBA students participating in the Consulting Practicum are working with a Wisconsin-based, youth educational program, Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center. Upham Woods’ challenge to students is to create a plan for growth that is aligned with the organization’s mission. Fourteen cross-disciplinary teams will create a strategic plan that meets the growth objective with a focus on five areas: Marketing, Philanthropy and Fundraising, Programming, Equity, and Systems and Data Management. The semester long project provides students with the opportunity to use skills learned in the classroom in a hands-on environment. Students will present their plans to Center leadership on May 3. 

MSBA Career Day in Chicago

In March, the graduate employer relations team will take approximately 80 Master of Science-Business: Analytics (MSBA) students to Chicago for the annual Spring Career Day. During this signature event, students will network with firms that seek cloud and coding-trained business analytics talent. In addition, students will have the opportunity to learn from regional tech industry leaders during Talking Tech in Chicago, an in-person event where alumni experts will share insights on how generative AI will transform the role of the tech professional.

WSB’s Anyi Ma featured in Harvard Business Review

Anyi Ma, an assistant professor of management and human resources at WSB, and her co-authors examined the growth mindset in relation to minimum wage workers in a recent study. Now published in Harvard Business Review, their findings show that managers who believed their employees’ intelligence could grow were more likely to want to increase compensation for minimum wage workers. The piece also notes that words frequently used to describe low-wage workers and their positions, such as “unskilled” or “dead-end jobs,” could likely have a negative impact on how managers perceive employee intelligence and growth potential—an idea that helped shape their hypothesis.