NYU Wagner Students Excel at Cornell-Rockefeller Case Competition

Three cheers for NYU Wagner students Hani Kfouri and Vanesa Bobadilla and the rest of their “Grey Matters” team for their outstanding performance at the recent Cornell-Rockefeller Case Competition. They made it all the way to the finals, having placed second out of the 30 teams in the semi-finals round.

The event drew participation by 240 high-achieving, non-MBA graduate students from top institutions in the Northeast. Each team of three to five students presented carefully crafted, rigorously researched solutions to a real-world consulting challenge dealing with such issues as technology, healthcare, and sustainability.

Sponsors and judges for the Aug. 8 competition came from top consulting firms McKinsey & Company, UMT Consulting, The Boston Consulting Group, CBPartners, ClearView Healthcare Partners, Defined Health, IMS Consulting Group, LEK Consulting, PrepLounge, and Insight Strategy Advisors. The finals, at Rockefeller University, consisted of 30 teams in all, with prizes totaling $6,000 for the top three cases selected by the judges.

Along with Vanessa and Hani, the Grey Matters team included Winnie Felix of the NYU Global Institute of Public Health (GIPH), and Nicole Malandro of Weill Cornell Medical College. All of the participants gained consulting-relevant experience, learned about the consulting sector and day-to-day life of a consultant at an “Insight into Management Consulting” career panel, networked with professionals from leading firms at a mini career fair and reception, and had an opportunity to develop strong interpersonal relationships with teammates.