Alexandra Piekarski, a Purdue University Northwest College of Business senior undergraduate student, joined fellow team members to win their case category during the Team Case Competition on Nov. 2-5 in Orlando. The event, sponsored by KPMG, was held at Beta Gamma Sigma’s 2017 Global Leadership Summit.

The team was selected as a winner based on their innovative and creative solution for their assigned business case, as well as the effectiveness of their presentation.

Beta Gamma Sigma is an honors organization whose members have achieved academic excellence in business studies within colleges accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Piekarski, a St. John resident, was selected by Purdue Northwest associate vice chancellor for academic affairs and former Beta Gamma Sigma advisor Lori Feldman and associate professor of management information systems Lin Zhao to attend the conference.

“It’s definitely nice to be recognized and to be a part of something bigger,” Piekarski said.

Piekarski received a lifetime membership to the honor society when she was inducted in spring 2017.

“I think the best part of being a member of this organization is the alumni networking, scholarship opportunities, and resources for grad school," she said.

The Team Case Competition allowed 35 teams of business students to collaborate and provide a solution to a complex business scenario. Each of the teams presented to a panel of judges, and the five category-winning teams showcased their business solutions to the full group of summit attendees.

The case competition judges consisted of business and community leaders, Beta Gamma Sigma’s leadership team and board members and deans from AACSB-accredited business programs. Their presentations were evaluated against established criteria, including evidence of preparation, content and consideration for innovation, delivery and discussion. Each presentation ended with a question-and-answer session with the judges.