April 7-9, 2017
Spoiler Alert: My team lost.
About five years ago, the Yale School of Management started hosting a new type of case competition (they have a lot) – integrated leadership competition. They send an invitation letter to various schools (primarily GNAM schools, I think) to apply. Those who get accepted after the preliminary application get to go to Yale to try on a raw case (freshly written case) and pose their solutions to the judges.
So how does it work?
December. Invitation letter.
You receive an invitation to send an initial application. In our case, the initial application involves identifying a global issue and posing a proposed solution. That’s it. Submissions can be through video, PowerPoint, essay, etc.
Participants have to be students of the invited schools, with a maximum of four per team maximum. Your team can have less. If you’re that good, you can do it alone, even. But come on.
January. Submission and selection of participants.
Applicants receive notice of whether they are accepted to the finals or not.
February to March. Administrative matters.
You pay the USD350 fee online, apply for your US visa (if you don’t have one yet), arrange for accommodations and flights, etc.
The student pays for everything. Well, that depends on the school policy. Bottom line: Yale will not pay for it.
It’s a three day event. Basically it goes like this:
Friday evening – say hello to everyone! Oh, there’s no food! So eat before you go here.
All participants are divided into “pools”. At this point, you are only competing against your pool. The judges will only be announced during the competition itself, as some judges are from the company.
Saturday – competition and announcement of winners from each pool. They will proceed to the next level. They get a “twist” for their final presentation the next day.
Sunday morning – finalists’ presentation and program conclusion.
So. What do you get? Aside from winning, of course (if you did win)
Experience. The value of this entire thing is meeting the competitive students from across the globe and Yale. It’s a good litmus test of how you are doing, and how much you still have to do.
People. Honestly, just chatting up the people is pretty nice experience.
Yale Visit. Yale, baby!