High school students from the National Black MBA Association – St. Louis Chapter won third place in the 2017 National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) Leaders of Tomorrow National Business Case Competition.
The NBMBAA-St. Louis Chapter’s Leaders of Tomorrow case team of Prince Azoro, Hazelwood West High School; Kristina Edwards, McCluer North High School; Kamya Moore, Hazelwood Central High School; and Darius White, Cardinal Ritter College Preparatory High School travelled to Chicago, Illinois for the Leadership Summit and Business Case Competition held June 21 – 25.
As a culminating event for the Leaders of Tomorrow program year, the NBMBAA National Headquarters hosted local chapters at a 4-day youth leadership training conference. The Leaders of Tomorrow Leadership Summit included guest speakers, breakout sessions, college and career tours, fun social activities and a business case competition, which the NBMBAA-St. Louis Chapter’s Leaders of Tomorrow (LOT) team won third place.
“The St. Louis LOT chapter shined during the leadership summit. From the beginning they were able to conquer every obstacle and challenge put before them,” said Kyvia Moss, NBMBAA-St. Louis LOT program director.
“They truly encompass all of the leadership traits required to be successful in life. It has been my honor to guide them through their journey in the program. It was not me alone that led them to victory, they have themselves and the village of mentors that came together to aid them. I am excited about their future and the future of the LOT Program.”
The LOT National Business Case Competition was held as part of the Leaders of Tomorrow Leadership Summit. This scholarship case competition was designed to help participants develop real-world critical thinking and problem-solving skills by addressing a business case study. Teams of participants worked together to present their case to a panel of judges. Case competition winners were awarded scholarships, paid directly to their educational institution.
Participating students represented over 20 cities, including Atlanta, Boston, Central Florida, Charlotte, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles Louisville, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham, St. Louis and Washington, D.C. where they were all active participants in the Leader of Tomorrow programs operated by some of NBMBAA’s local chapters.
“I’m so proud of our Leaders of Tomorrow high school students for placing third in the country at case competition,” said Dana Townsend, NBMBAA-St. Louis Chapter president.
“These students studied a Harvard Business Case on FitBit and created a four-prong marketing strategy to enhance the product, grow revenue and successfully articulated their concept to C-Suite executives. It’s times like this when media outlets need to show positive images of our African American youth doing amazing and extraordinary things.”
This is the second time the St. Louis Chapter LOT case team has competed in the final round. In 2014, the St. Louis Chapter was the national champion.