Sponsored by Altria
What: Challenge yourself and improve your appreciation for ethical decision-making and oral communication in business! Develop, rehearse, and deliver an ethical business case study presentation with the help of professional coaches and compete for over $10,000 in prize money (the first place prize is $5,000). This mentored experience begins with the announcement of topics at the Kickoff Event and culminates with the final round of presentations on Saturday of the main event.
When: The kickoff event takes place Friday, February 4, 4 - 6 p.m., the main event takes place Friday, February 18, 4 - 8 p.m., and Saturday, February 19, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
How will it work? At the Kickoff Event, registered students join the festivities at 4 p.m. in Snead Hall where they will meet with their assigned teams. Each team receives the same case with background research and begins to design a 5-7-minute presentation. Between the kick-off and the main event, teams have time to receive mentoring with coaches to design their presentations. Friday, February 18, teams will arrive back in Snead Hall to begin rehearsing under the guidance of presentation coaches. Saturday, February 19, all teams will return to compete in Round 1 in front of a panel of judges from the business community. Top presenters will move forward to Round 2, competing for cash prizes. Contestants who do not move forward to the second round become judges for the Competitors’ Choice for Best Ethical Analysis category.
- Participants must be present in-person for the following dates;
- Friday, February 4, 4 - 6 p.m.; Kick-off event
- Friday, February 18, 4 - 8 p.m. workshop and rehearsal
- Saturday, February 19, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- Presentations are limited to 5-7 minutes in length.
- Presentations must recognize and address the ethical considerations of the assigned case.
- Participants are expected to dress in Business Professional attire Friday and Saturday.
- Teams will select a team captain. Duties include: scheduling team meetings, communication between the team and the event managers, submissions of outlines, and managing the screen share/slideshow during the presentation.
- Outlines are due Friday, February 11 by 5 p.m.. Feedback will be provided by Sunday, February 13.
- All team members must speak and the content should be equally distributed amongst speakers.
- Slideshows are permitted but not required. See the slideshow protocol below for more information. Visual enhancements are strongly encouraged.
Registration: There is no fee to participate in this experience.
Click here to sign-up as a competitor in the 2022 VCU School of Business Ethics Alive through Creative Communication.