Bauer Students Address D&I At Phillips 66 Case Competition

Bauer College Inclusive Leadership Initiative, Phillips 66 Bring Diversity & Inclusion to Forefront

Published on November 26, 2019

Bauer College Inclusive Leadership Initiative, Phillips 66 Bring Diversity & Inclusion to Forefront

This fall, students at the C. T. Bauer College of Business had the opportunity to explore solutions for business challenges related to diversity and inclusion in a case competition sponsored by Phillips 66.

“This effort was in a response to Phillips 66 and their dedicated effort to promote their commitment to diversity and inclusion by supporting partners who are on the same journey, like the University of Houston,” Bauer Director of Advancement Dalia Pineda said. “Phillips 66 believes that building an inclusive and diverse company is essential in today’s world and benefits us all.”

Organized by the college’s Inclusive Leadership Initiative, the one-month competition involved 29 teams of Bauer undergraduates (each team with five members). In the semi-final round, 10 student teams assessed the financial company BlackRock and provided solutions on how creating a culture more conducive to a diverse and inclusive workforce was instrumental in Blackboard’s success in acquisitions.

“The case competition was a celebration of diversity by itself,” Management & Leadership Professor Dusya Vera said. “The team members, as well as the judges, came from all the different areas and programs in Bauer, and different countries of the world.”

Students participated in a D&I workshop with Vera during a kick-off of the case competition. On the last day, semi-finalists had networking opportunities with Phillips 66 managers. Of the 10 semi-final teams, four of them were selected to advance to the last stage, presenting their solutions and answering questions about opportunities, challenges and the next steps for implementation in front of judges and the Phillips 55 managers.

“The challenge posed was not only to provide recommendations to the company in the case for how diversity and inclusion could help the top managers accomplish their business goals, but we asked the students to provide recommendations to Bauer about how to improve the student experience through diversity and inclusion,” Vera said. “The teams showed great creativity in their video submissions and presentations, and were able to incorporate the knowledge from research and current managerial practices about diversity and inclusion.”

She added: “At the end of the competition, students asked us ‘when can we do this again?’ and they were grateful to Phillips 66 for the generous cash prizes and for the opportunity to learn that diversity isn’t just about counting the numbers, but about the ways and mechanisms through which it can affect business results.”

First Place ($3,000):

Photo: First place

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Tasneem Bootwala, Management Information Systems Senior

Jean Almonte, Finance Senior

Kamran Bhattacharya, Finance Sophomore

Kevin Tu, Management Information Systems & Accounting Senior

Kevin Moore, Finance Junior

Second Place ($2,000):

Photo: Second place

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Brandon Dinh, Supply Chain Management & Management Information Systems Senior

Ariel Nguyen, Marketing Senior

Vicky Tang, Accounting Senior

Justin Panganiban, Supply Chain Management Junior

Kaitlyn Tran, Supply Chain Management Junior

Third Place ($1,250):

Photo: Third place

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Tristen Taylor, Marketing Senior

Alyssa Capino, Marketing Junior

Mashal Ali, Management Information Systems Junior

Imara Inayatali, Management Information Systems Junior

Seher Malik, Finance Sophomore

Fourth Place ($300):

Photo: Fourth place

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Raymond Darrough, Supply Chain Management Senior

Cesar Gordillo, Supply Chain Management Senior

Tammy Tran, Supply Chain Management Senior

Allison Nguyen, Supply Chain Management Senior

Sarah Buchanan, Supply Chain Management Senior