Students Receive Top Honors at NBMBAA Conference and Competitions

The College of Business and Economics (COBE) at North Carolina A&T State University participated in the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) Undergraduate Case Competitions for the first time during the 2016 NBMBAA Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, Oct. 11 – 15, 2016. 

NBMBAA Team 1The college’s undergraduate case team won second place and $10,000 for their analysis and presentation of a Darden Business Publishing (University of Virginia) graduate level case on Under Armour, an American sportswear and accessories company.  Student presenters were Taylor Bruner, junior finance major; Safiya Parker, senior marketing (sales) major; Hunter Watson, junior marketing (sales) major; and Lanisha Womack, senior accounting major; as well as team alternate Alexandra Jackson, junior accounting major, who was aptly prepared to step in for any team member.

NBMBAA Team 2COBE also won the NBMBAA Conference’s first annual Undergraduate Hackathon Competition.  The hackathon problem was to create an app, a website, or a program that would reduce average student debt from $37,000 to $18,000 per student.  The students were given 24 hours to develop the idea, the app and a presentation for a shark-tank like environment.  The N.C. A&T Undergraduate Hackathon team won first place and $1,000 per student.  The four student participants were Facial Amedja, senior MIS major; Ayanna Dawkins, senior economics major; Annell Gilot, junior accounting; and Jamaal Washburn, senior accounting major.

NBMBAA Team 3MBA students, Rebecca Bondima, Chinue Brown, Sobia Shaheen, and D’Andria Gilmore, competed in the MBA Case Competition and completed a Harvard Business Review Case related to driverless automobiles.  Four additional undergraduate students represented the university at the conference career expo. 

Faculty and administrators, Dr. Cathy Cornelius, Dr. Eric Gladney, Dr. Lisa Owens-Jackson and Dr. Brandis Phillips coached and supported the students throughout the conference.