PTCMW Annual Graduate Student Consulting Challenge Competition

Welcome to the PTCMW Annual Graduate Student Consulting Challenge Competition webpage! Started in 2014, the Consulting Challenge is a graduate student competition developed by PTCMW to allow students to develop key professional skills, while expanding their professional networks and winning great prizes! Specific information for the annual competition is listed below. Thank you for visiting!

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Event Information

2020 Consulting Challenge Date:

To be determined!

Typical Event Schedule: 

Day 1: 

  • Teams meet PTCMW and event sponsor representatives to get the challenge topic, delivered as a RFP.
  • Teams meet in person and begin planning.
  • Food and drink is provided.
  • Network with PTC members, sponsors, and your peers.

Days 2-4: 

  • Teams meet to work through their response to the challenge.
  • Teams draft two-page executive summaries and 30-minute PowerPoint presentations.

Day 5: 

  • Teams deliver final presentations and submit executive summaries.
  • Judges evaluate executive summaries and presentations.

Consulting Challenge Sponsor

2020 Sponsor to be announced!

How Does the Challenge Work?

1. The first 30 students to register are able to participate (PTCMW membership not required).

2. Students are then placed on a team of 3-6 people with students from other universities.

3. The sponsor organization then presents teams with an RFP that outlines a real organizational challenge.

4. Teams work together to develop a two-page executive summary and presentation.

5. Sponsor organization representatives and expert I-Os will judge presentations and rate executive summaries.

6. One team will win the challenge and be awarded with $1,000. Other teams are also eligible for awards.

TEAM COMPOSITION: PTCMW leadership reviews applications in regards to previous work or research experience, university affiliation, and year in school in order to develop diverse and fair teams.

Why Should You Participate?

EXPERIENCE A REALISTIC JOB PREVIEW: PTCMW and the sponsor organization present a real challenge local organizations are currently facing in a realistic RFP format. Students present as if they were external consultants bidding on a consulting project. Solutions are judged by expert practitioners based on theory, technical merit, and innovation.

EXPAND PROFESSIONAL NETWORK: Students currently enrolled in local I-O and related programs are assigned to a group made up of students with differing expertise, knowledge, and program affiliations. After students get assigned into teams, everyone is invited to connect with PTCMW board members at a happy hour in DC.

DEVELOP CONSULTING SKILLS: Teams are responsible for building an effective team, developing products, and presenting results.

BUILD COMMUNICATION SKILLS: Each team presents to an independent panel of expert I-O judges and receive invaluable feedback.

WIN PRIZESThe winning team will win $1,000, and the runner‐up team will win $600. In addition, every participating team will receive a free year of PTCMW student membership, and the top three teams will also win free admission to this year's PTCMW’s Fall Event, where they will be recognized in front of over 200 local I‐O academics and practitioners.

How To Register

ELIGIBILITY: Students must be in a Master’s or Doctoral program in Industrial-Organizational Psychology, Organizational Behavior, Management or related program. Students must commit to being in person for the event and to contribute equally and fairly to their team. We encourage students from outside of the greater Washington, DC Metro to participate also. PTCMW membership is not required to participate!


FOR QUESTIONS AND TO SUBMIT RESUME/CV: Contact PTCMW's VP of Programs, Angela Lee at

Past Consulting Challenge Sponsors

2018-2019: AON

2014-2017:  PDRI, an SHL Company

Congratulations to the Previous Consulting Challenge Winners!


First place team:

From left to right: Lorin Mueller (PTCMW President), Crystal Drayton (University of Hartford), Alexis Roman (GMU), Steven Zhou (GMU), and Leah Ellison (Aon, Event Sponsor)

Second place team:

From left to right: Leah Ellison (Aon, Event Sponsor), Soudeepya Chinni (University of Maryland), Jessaline Tuason (University of Maryland, College Park), and Richard Hayes (Old Dominion University; not pictured)


First Place Team:

From left to right: Alex Fernandes (GMU), Cierra Everette (GWU), Sabina Diyarova, and Jerod White (Capella)

Second Place Team:

You Zhou (No affiliation listed) and Not pictured: Lindsey Stuck (Capella), Oscar Andrade (UB), and Sarah Melick (BGSU).


First Place Team:
From left to right: Tim Burgoyne (GMU), Katie Guarino (GMU), Jay Souder (UB), and Marjani Edwards (GMU)

Second Place Team:
From left to right: Kira Foley (GWU; 3rd place team), Corey Moore (GMU; 3rd place team), Jenna Eagleson (GMU), Wenmo Kong (GMU), Whitney Tyler (ODU), Dan Ravid (GWU)


First Place Team:
From left to right: Tim Burgoyne (GMU), Elena Auer (ODU), Veronica Passarelli (GMU), Alyssa Gradus (UB), Katelyn Reynolds (ODU)

Second Place Team:
From left to right: Christian Dobbins (GMU), Stephen Tyler (GMU), Lauren Lanzo (GWU), Settera Burleson (ODU; not pictured)

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