The case competition participants

The case competition participants

Three talented teams of Full-time UST MBA students competed last Friday in the Center for Ethical Business Cultures (CEBC) 3rd Annual Ethics Case Competition.  This year’s topic was “Microfinance: Ethical Advice to the Interested Parties.”  Each team was asked to provide recommendations to a group of venture capitalists, taking into consideration the ethical, legal and financial opportunities and drawbacks to investing in microlending in developing countries.

Several distinguished judges evaluated the teams’ presentations and provided feedback to each of the teams.  The judging panel consisted of:

  • Dr. Jim Arnold, Clinical Professor of Communications, Management Department, Opus College of Business
  • Jim Chosy, JD, General Counsel & Managing Director, Piper Jaffray
  • Rob Foehl, JD, Director of Corporate Compliance & Ethics, Target
  • Dr. Ken Goodpaster, Koch Endowed Chair in Business Ethics, Opus College of Business
  • Ron James, President and CEO of the Center for Ethical Business Cultures
  • Jeff Peterson, Director of Innovation & Strategy, General Mills Foundation
The case competition All-Star Team.  From L to R:  Larson, Buell, Luers, Jackson, Olson

The case competition All-Star Team. From L to R: Larson, Buell, Luers, Jackson, Olson

The winning team was comprised of second-year student Kelsey Luers and first-year students Sara Christenson, Nick Ertz, and Dan Jackson.  From the three competing teams, the judges selected a team of “all stars” who will travel to Seattle in September to compete in the 19th Annual ECOA Ethics and Compliance Conference national case competition.  The all star team members are second-year student Kelsey Luers and first-year students Annelise Larson, Dan Jackson, and Kristian Olson.  JD/MBA student Scott Buell was selected as the alternate for the all star team.  The UST team has a high standard to live up to, as last year’s team from St. Thomas won the national competition.

The UST ethics competition is generously supported by United Health Group and the Center for Ethical Business Cultures.