PwC Challenge

From left, the 2019 winners of the PwC Challenge: Sooseok Kim, Connie Cui, Rohit Khemlani and Archana Mohan.

Use your analytical and decision-making skills to solve a real-world business problem and present your recommendations to a panel of Big Four professionals.

Each year, PwC invites students from about 100 schools nationwide to compete for prizes in the PwC Challenge.

Teams work as consultants for a fictitious client, with two weeks to research a trending business issue and develop a 10-minute presentation, with guidance from their faculty and PwC mentors. On the day of the competition, each team presents its analysis and recommendations to a panel of PwC judges.

After a close competition, a team of sophomores were victorious in the School of Management’s 17th annual PwC Challenge, held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic.

This year, each team examined a global apparel manufacturer, looking for opportunities to help the company increase its sustainability and social responsibility practices. Teams were tasked with identifying both “quick wins” and long-term goals, as well as recommending ways to track the company’s progress, measure the initiative’s financial impact and communicate all of it to external stakeholders.

Congratulations to the winning teams:

  • First place: “Sowing Bulls,” made up of accounting sophomores Colleen Chen, Vicki Wang, Menjing Yu and Ting Zheng, along with business administration sophomore Dongwei Li
  • Second place: “Taxmanian Devils,” composed of accounting sophomores Andrew Chin, Justin Froese and Connor Jerutis, with business administration sophomore Vi Ho and accounting junior John Wittwer
  • Third place: “Alpha Finance," made up of business administration sophomores Yitong Chen, Tony Jiang and Nnenaya Osuji, along with accounting juniors Marc Licul and Stephanie Zeng

“I would highly encourage future students to participate in the competition. This challenge will give you the opportunity to work on your public speaking and critical thinking skills, while getting feedback from professionals in the industry. Overall, I had a wonderful experience.” — Colleen Chen, captain of the 2021 winning team