Students participate in case competition at ArcelorMittal

Making a case for diversity


Each year, ArcelorMittal challenges sophomores from Indiana University Kelley School of Business to create a recruitment strategy for increasing diversity at the company. It’s called a case competition, and the challenge for students this year was to research and present solutions for increasing the number of female engineers working at ArcelorMittal. The competition starts out with more than 250 teams in the fall, and the final four teams recently travelled to Burns Harbor to present their cases to a panel of ArcelorMittal judges

ArcelorMittal USA CEO John Brett greeted the students before they began their presentations. “Even if you don’t know exactly what you want to do in your life, there is endless opportunity for you to succeed, wherever you end up,” Brett said. “We have people that have moved all over our company. So even though I know millennials may have many jobs in their careers, when you’re employed and looking for something new, don’t forget about the opportunities that may exist in your current place of work.”

“Diversity at ArcelorMittal is critical,” says Felicia Pugh, division manager, talent acquisition and development. “Having a diverse leadership team and a diverse workforce leads to better decision making and makes ArcelorMittal a more valuable business for all stakeholders.”

T6 Consulting walked off with the top prize for their “Engineer for Good” idea. It’s a scalable brand repositioning framework that costs nothing and lays out a path for improving female representation among engineers.

Jaya Sharma, part of the winning team says, “I’m so excited that ArcelorMittal liked our idea. We think the company is doing all the right things in the social responsibility area, and our ‘Engineer for Good’ idea just gets those accomplishments in front of female engineers at the right time, when they are looking for companies they’d like to work with.”

The final four teams finished their day with lunch, an awards ceremony and a tour of the Burns Harbor plant.

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