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Rotman School MBA Team Wins Everyone’s Business Global Case Competition on Gender Parity.

Toronto – A team of students from the Full Time MBA and Morning & Evening MBA programs at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management have won a case competition where teams presented plans on how can companies translate their stated good intentions and commitment to gender equity into concrete action and meaningful progress.

Twelve teams from leading business schools participated in Everyone’s Business Global Case Competition, hosted by the USC Marshall School of Business on March 1.

The Rotman team of Narjis Premjee, Full Time MBA’19, Alicia Riolino, Evening MBA’19, Abhinandan Sathyanarayan, Full Time’19, and Alison Zimmer, Morning’20, won the $10,000 US first prize, which is to be used as scholarships for incoming women to Rotman programs.  Scholarships will be offered this fall to one incoming Full Time MBA student and one Morning & Evening MBA student.

Photo of the winning team.

Abhinandan Sathyanarayan, Full Time MBA’19, Alison Zimmer, Morning MBA'20, Alicia Riolino, Evening MBA’19, and and Narjis Premjee, Full Time MBA’19. 

The competition was presented by USC Marshall Graduate Women in Business & Marshall Business Competition Program. Sponsors were AT&T, PwC and The Capital Group.

The team’s recommendations centered on women’s advancement and included improving performance reviews, the rejection process and shifting to an opt-out framework for promotions. The judges were impressed that the team drew heavily on academic research to support their recommendations, particularly the ongoing joint research by Joyce He, a Rotman PhD student, Prof. Sonia Kang and Prof. Nico Lacetera on choice architecture and women’s leadership ascension. The research is supported by the Rotman School’s Institute for Gender and the Economy (GATE). In addition, Premjee, Riolino, and Zimmer are GATE Fellows for 2018/19. To engage students in advancing the agenda on gender equality, GATE offers a competition each year for student fellowships.Each selected MBA Fellow commits to work on a project related to the mandate of GATE.

The Institute for Gender and the Economy at the Rotman School has as its mission to use rigorous research to change the conversation on gender equality. It achieves impact using innovative approaches to conduct, translate and disseminate research on gender in the economy, business, finance and entrepreneurship to practitioners in order to support change in their practices. For more information, visit

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