Changing The Game: Lessons Learned From Aspen Institute Competition

Reflecting On The 2012 Business & Society Competition
Mar 20, 2013 5:00 AM ET
Press Release

New York, March 20, 2013 /3BL Media/ – Students at 25 leading business schools will compete this month for recognition and $35,000 in scholarship funds in the Aspen Institute’s 2013 Business & Society International MBA Case Competition. Several students from the 2012 winning team from the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business reflected on what the program meant to them.

“Last year’s Aspen Institute Business & Society Case Competition allowed our team to apply the principles learned at Daniels to a real-time, real-world case scenario and present our recommendations to a nationally recognized panel of experts,” said Daniels MBA student Andy Reger.  “Especially since the Daniels program incorporates triple bottom line performance – people, planet and profits – into how we evaluate business success, the opportunity to work on a business case with sustainability at its core gave us extraordinary experiences.”  Fellow Daniels teammate David Lashen added, “We made professional connections at the case competition that will last throughout our business careers.” 

The 2013 Aspen Institute Business & Society International MBA Case Competition will feature analysis of a new business case study co-authored by the Yale School of Management and the National University of Singapore Business School that will explore the significant and positive influence that well-managed business can have in society. 

"This annual case competition gives us a rare opportunity to look over the horizon," said Nancy McGaw, Director of the Aspen Institute's Center for Business Education.  "We get a glimpse of how tomorrow’s leaders will wrestle with the complex financial, social and environmental challenges they will face in their careers.  It’s inspiring to see the insights they bring to the case."  She added, "The students on last year's winning team from Daniels College of Business demonstrated the kind of innovative thinking needed at the intersection of business and society."

“We recognize that the big issues facing organizations today require transformative leaders,” said Daniels Dean Christine Riordan.  “At Daniels, our students understand the big-picture strategic thinking while managing the details of an organization, and create innovative solutions for real companies to prepare them for the next generation of business leadership.”

Learn more about the 2013 Business & Society International MBA Case Competition by visiting the competition’s official website:


The Aspen Institute Center for Business Education (Aspen CBE) equips business leaders for the 21st century with the vision and knowledge to integrate corporate profitability and social value. We help business educators incorporate issues of social and environmental stewardship into teaching and research by offering targeted resources, networks, and a platform to share cutting-edge practice among peers.

As part of the Aspen Institute Business and Society Program, Aspen CBE maintains close ties with over 150 MBA programs in 28 countries. Through dialogue and path-breaking research, the Program creates opportunity for executives and educators to explore new pathways to sustainability and values-based leadership.

The Aspen Institute mission is twofold: to foster values-based leadership, encouraging individuals to reflect on the ideals and ideas that define a good society, and to provide a neutral and balanced venue for discussing and acting on critical issues. The Aspen Institute does this primarily in four ways: seminars, young-leader fellowships around the globe, policy programs and public conferences and events. The Institute is based in Washington, DC, Aspen, Colorado, and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and has an international network of partners.



Laurie Ginsberg, Senior Program Manager
The Aspen Institute’s Center for Business Education
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