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Goizueta Business School Announces Winners of the John R. Lewis Racial Justice Case Competition, Students Explore Solutions to Corporate Racial Injustice

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ATLANTA, January 25, 2021 — Emory University’s Goizueta Business School today announced the winners of the John R. Lewis Racial Justice Case Competition. The first of its kind competition held January 21, 2021, was spearheaded by Goizueta MBA student Willie Sullivan (‘21MBA) to examine how companies can address racial injustice within their organizations. A team from the USC Marshall School of Business took First Place, the Goizueta Business School team took Second Place, and the Harvard Business School team took home the Audience Award.

The 105 team applicants were narrowed to 24 teams of students from across the country that investigated how their assigned corporation could best use its resources to address issues of racial injustice and disparities in wealth, health, and education. Named for the late Atlanta Congressman, Fortune 500 companies including Walmart, Salesforce, HP, Johnson & Johnson, Southern Company and Truist Bank joined as corporate partners to serve as models to help their organizations address structural racism.

The winners of the inaugural John R. Lewis Racial Justice Case Competition will divide their monetary winnings between the team and the racial justice/inequality organization of their choice.

  • First Place ($20,000) – USC Marshall School of Business working with Johnson & Johnson. Half of the winnings will be donated to Step Up for Students and Black Girls Code.
  • Second Place ($10,000) – Emory University’s Goizueta Business School working with HP. Half of the winnings will be donated to One Goal of Metro Atlanta.
  • Audience Award ($10,000) – Harvard Business School working with Truist. Half of the winnings will be donated to The Advancement Project.

Goizueta launched the student-led idea last summer after the police shootings of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery. Sullivan saw businesses releasing statements on racial injustice but wondered what happens after the statements are posted. He wanted to create a competition that looked beyond the press release and into what could be done to address racial injustice and create lasting change.

The six finalist teams included:

  1. Harvard Business School working with Truist
  2. Yale School of Management working with Walmart
  3. MIT Sloan School of Management working with Salesforce
  4. USC Marshall School of Business working with Johnson & Johnson
  5. Emory’s Goizueta Business School working with HP
  6. MIT Sloan School of Management working with Southern Company

About Goizueta Business School at Emory University

Business education has been an integral part of Emory University’s identity since 1919. That kind of longevity and significance does not come without a culture built around success and service. Emory University’s Goizueta Business School offers a unique, community-oriented environment paired with the academic prestige of a major research institution. Goizueta trains business leaders of today and tomorrow with an Undergraduate degree program, a suite of MBA programs (Full-Time One-Year MBA, Full-Time Two-Year MBA, Evening MBA, and Executive MBA), a Master of Science in Business Analytics, a Doctoral degree, and a portfolio of non-degree Emory Executive Education courses. Together, the Goizueta community strives to solve the world’s most pressing business problems. The school is named for the late Roberto C. Goizueta, former Chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company.

Contact:
Mitch Leff, Leff & Associates, (404) 861-4769, mitch@leffassociates.com
Kim Speece, Leff & Associates, (404) 849-6579, Kim@leffassociates.com

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