Case Competition



EY and the University of Notre Dame are excited to bring you the 8th Annual Diversity Conference Case Competition! The case will ask students to examine diversity and inclusiveness, specifically pertaining to gender dynamics in the business community, and come up with solutions to a related business challenge.

Hosted at the Mendoza College of Business on the University of Notre Dame’s campus, this case competition will take place on October 3rd. Please see below for more competition details.


Teams and Registration

Participants must be currently enrolled in an accredited MBA program.

Each team must be composed of 4 members.
Due to the nature of this event, it is encouraged that each team will have a diverse representation.
Interested teams should register HERE. Please contact Roger Smedley ( with any questions pertaining to the case competition.
If a registered team member is unable to participate in the case competition, a substitution of team members is allowed. Please contact Roger at the address listed above.

Case distribution will take place via email on Friday, September 26 at 12 p.m. EDT. The case study and supplemental material will be issued to the team lead for each team; it will be the responsibility of the team lead to distribute materials to the remainder of the team members.
Presentation time will be assigned randomly. Roger Smedley will provide teams with a copy of the entire competition presentation schedule by Wednesday, October 1 at 12 p.m. EDT. Timeslots may not be traded.
We ask that you arrive at the Mendoza College of Business at least 1 hour before your presentation time.
Your team will be assigned a room where you may prepare for your presentation. This room will be available to your team for the full day.
Teams will have the opportunity to ask any questions concerning the case once distributed by emailing

We will provide each team with a PowerPoint template, which every team is required to use. Please do not include anything such as a logo that may give away your school identity.
Each team member should participate in the preparation and delivery of the presentation
Each team will prepare an oral and visual presentation (PowerPoint), addressed to the executive leadership of the client.
The visual presentation in its FINAL version must be emailed to by 5:00pm CST on October 2nd. Teams are NOT allowed to modify their presentations after the final submission. EY will download presentations to a flash drive and will upload them prior to the presentation.
Please also bring your presentation on a flash drive in the case that there are technical difficulties with the electronic submission.
Your team is free to use any information available including outside parties. Please be sure to document all information sources.

We will have two rounds of presentations. All teams will participate in round one and the top two teams from round 1 will present in the final round.
Presentations will be 15 minutes with an additional 10 minutes to respond to questions by the judges. Please make sure you adhere to the 15-minute rule.
Presentations will take place on October 3rd in the Mendoza College of Business.
To maintain our tight schedule, you will be cut off if you go over the allotted time. We will have someone call out time as your stop-times approach.
Business attire is appropriate for all presentations.
After you have presented, please go back to your team room or relax elsewhere on campus.
Even though you have presented you are not allowed to watch other presentations.
All teams must be present at the Diversity Conference Closing Reception for the awards ceremony, which will be held at 3:00 PM. In addition to the winning team, the best speaker, and Q&A will also be announced.
At a high level, the judges will be responsible for judging the teams on the soundness of their analysis and related recommendations, the quality of their presentation and the response to questions.
The competition will be judged by professors from the University of Notre Dame and professionals across a variety of service lines from Ernst & Young.

Cash prizes will be awarded to the teams winning first and second place.
Award amounts are representative of the total provided to each team:

- 1st Place: $7,000
- 2nd Place: $3,000

Contact Information

Please contact Roger Smedley at