Houghton business majors attended the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Case Competition and Career Summit, the leading human resource conference in the United States, in Houston, TX. The competition delivers a realistic HR workplace management case followed by each university team presenting a written summary and a 15-minute oral presentation to a panel of HR professionals.
Teams were given the task to present their best solution to the judges and respond to their questions. Houghton’s team was comprised of seniors Julia Bontempo ’17, Anna Coryell’ 17, Liz Houseman’ 17, Daniel Merriam’ 17, Michael Robrahn’ 17 and junior Jessica Robinson’ 18. They presented problems related to employee relations.
Twenty teams competed in the Central Conference in the undergraduate division, including larger institutions like University of Memphis, Athens State University, and Baylor University.
“Being a part of the SHRM conference the past three years has been an amazing experience for me. Each year presents new problems to be solved and new challenges to be faced,” said Bontempo. “Participating in these events has helped me to learn more about the field of HR and more about myself and how I work within a team; it has also provided our team the opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge, learned in the classroom, to real-life scenarios.”
The Case Competition and Career Summit is held every spring semester, granting students across the country an opportunity to have casework judged by HR professionals while networking and listening to inspiring keynote speakers. The Houghton team, led by Professor Bates, won first place at this competition in 2012.