Chrysler Group Demonstrates Commitment to Identify, Recruit and Develop Diverse Future Business Leaders Through Exclusive Sponsorship of National Black MBA Association Student Case Competition

Sep 13, 2013 1:15 PM ET
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AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Sept. 13, 2013 /3BL Media/PRNewswire/ --

  • Company has been the exclusive sponsor of the competition since 1995, conducted annually at the National Black MBA Association's (NBMBAA) Annual Conference and Exposition
  • Annual event enables talented, high-potential MBA candidates from the nation's leading business schools to compete for $50,000 in scholarships
  • The team from Clark Atlanta University School of Business (GA) wins the 2013 competition, teams from Emory University (GA) and the University of St. Thomas (MN) finish second and third respectively
  • Company receives the NBMBAA's Silver Torch Award for demonstrating its commitment to providing equal opportunities for qualified African American professionals

Talented MBA candidates from more than 30 of the nation's leading business schools competed for $50,000 in scholarships in the 2013 National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) Case Competition, sponsored by Chrysler Group LLC.

The NBMBAA®/Chrysler Group LLC Case Competition is an annual event designed to give high-powered student teams an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and problem-solving skills in a formal competition. Teams are given a hypothetical business case from which they develop business solutions. Each student team then prepares and presents its case before a panel of experienced business executives. Teams are judged on their analysis of the case, the feasibility of their recommendations and the quality of their presentations.

The competition is held each year as part of the NBMBAA's Annual Conference and Exposition, which was held this year in Houston, TX on September 11-13. Chrysler Group has been an active supporter of NBMBAA for more than 30 years and the exclusive sponsor of the Case Competition since 1995. Over that time, nearly 2,000 MBA students have participated in the competition.

"Chrysler Group is proud to continue our long-standing sponsorship of the National Black MBA Association/Chrysler Group Case Competition," said Nancy A. Rae, Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Chrysler Group LLC and Co-Chair of the Company's Global Diversity Council. "The competition is a premier showcase event for student achievement allowing Chrysler Group to demonstrate its continuing commitment to identifying, recruiting and developing strong talent and future business leaders."

This year, the students from the Clark Atlanta University took home the first place trophy as national champions and $25,000 in scholarships. The winning team members were Shermika Dunnerm, Amber Dyess and Keith Edmonds, all current MBA students. The second and third place teams represented Emory University and the University of St. Thomas, earning $15,000 and $10,000 in scholarships respectively. Winning teams were announced at an awards luncheon on September 13.

The business case for 2013 looked at the challenge of retail automotive marketing in an environment dominated increasingly by digital and social media communications platforms.

In recognition of Chrysler Group's more than 30-year partnership with the NBMBAA, the Company was awarded the organization's Silver Torch Award during the conference. This award is given each year to a company that "demonstrates commitment to the NBMBAA's programs and values and provides equal opportunities for qualified African American professionals."

About Chrysler Group's leadership commitment to diversity, inclusion and diverse talent development 
Chrysler Group has been named one of the "100 Best Companies for Working Mothers" by Working Mother magazine 13 times. The Company has also been named ten times to Latina Style magazine's annual list of the 50 top U.S. employers for Hispanic women.

Chrysler Group was named among the nation's "Top Supporters" of Engineering Programs of Historically Black Colleges and Universities for the past three years, recognizing the Company's efforts to develop, recruit and hire talented students pursuing technical careers at the nation's minority-serving institutions.

Over the years, a long line of Chrysler Group employees have received important professional recognition from various diversity organizations, including Black Engineer of the Year, Women of Color, HENAAC Great Minds in STEM and others, reflecting the Company's strong commitment to developing its diverse workforce.

The Company supports six employee resource groups (ERGs) whose objectives include promoting a positive awareness of diverse people and issues within Chrysler Group and to ensuring that the Company's products and services are tailored to diverse customers and employees. Chrysler Group's ERGs include: Chrysler African American Network; Chrysler Hispanic Employee Network; Chrysler Asian Network; the Native American Employee Resource Group; the Gay and Lesbian Alliance at Chrysler Group and the Women's Forum.

About Chrysler Group LLC 
Chrysler Group LLC, formed in 2009 to establish a global strategic alliance with Fiat S.p.A., produces Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, Mopar, SRT and Fiat vehicles and products. With the resources, technology and worldwide distribution network required to compete on a global scale, the alliance builds on Chrysler Group's culture of innovation, first established by Walter P. Chrysler in 1925, and Fiat's complementary technology that dates back to its founding in 1899.

Headquartered in Auburn Hills, Mich., Chrysler Group's product lineup features some of the world's most recognizable vehicles, including the Chrysler 300 and Town & Country, Jeep Wrangler, all-new Dodge Dart, Ram 1500, Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 and Fiat 500. Fiat contributes world-class technology, platforms and powertrains for small- and medium-size cars, allowing Chrysler Group to offer an expanded product line including environmentally friendly vehicles.

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