Business & Society Institute

John R. Lewis Case Competition

  • Students Engaged

  • Team Applications

  • Universities Represented

  • Prizes & Grants Awarded

  • Corporate Racial Justice Action Plans Created

  • Finals Audience Attendees

2023-2024 Corporate Sponsors

Previous Corporate Sponsors

Case Competition Winners

2024 Competition

  • First Place: Rice University, Jones Graduate School of Business (First Step Staffing)
  • Second Place:  Georgia Institute of Technology (Taco Bell)

2023 Competition

  • First Place: Indiana University Kelley School of Business (Taco Bell)
  • Second Place:  University of California, Berkley Haas School of Business (Taco Bell)
  • Audience Award: Indiana University Kelley School of Business (Taco Bell)

2022 Competition

  • First Place: Yale University School of Management (IBM Call for Code)
  • Second Place: USC Marshall School of Business (Taco Bell)
  • Audience Award: Georgetown University McDonough School of Business (UPS)

2021 Competition

  • First Place: USC Marshall School of Business (Johnson & Johnson)
  • Second Place: Emory University's Goizueta Business School (HP)
  • Audience Award: Harvard Business School (Truist)

Advancing Organizations Pursuing Racial Equality & Justice with Over $100,000 Invested

National Black Leadership Commission on Health (Black Health)

Black Health champions the promotion of health and prevention of diseases to reduce disparities and achieve health equity within the Black community.

Urban Canopy

Urban Canopy is working to create a more sustainable, nutritious, and equitable local food cycle, from production to distribution to waste.

Partnership For Southern Equity (PSE)

Partnership For Southern Equity (PSE) is a community-based non-profit focused on promoting equity & inclusion in under-resourced communities. Specifically, PSE’s energy equity section, Just Energy, aims to mobilize advocacy around energy equity issues & policies.


GirlTrek uses fitness and storytelling “to heal intergenerational trauma, fight systemic racism and transform Black lives.”

The Village Market 

A community organization that has become a staple among Black business owners in Atlanta, an economic driver, and the first to coin the phrase, "support is a verb".

Black Girls Smile

Black Girls Smile is an Atlanta-based community non-profit focused on Black female mental wellness.

Circles & Ciphers

Circles & Ciphers is a hip-hop infused restorative justice organization led by and for young people impacted by violence. Through art-based peace circles, education, and direct action we collectively heal and work to bring about the abolition of the prison-industrial complex.

Surge Employment Solutions

Meeting human capital needs with formerly incarcerated people, Surge Employment Solutions is much more than a staffing organization or workforce development plan. Our organization negotiates permanent staffing contracts with companies and only trains people for specific positions our company has secured.

Step Up For Students

Empowers families to pursue and engage in the most appropriate learning options for their children, with an emphasis on families who lack the information and financial resources to access these options. By pursuing this mission, we help public education fulfill the promise of equal opportunity.

Black Girls Code

Builds pathways for young women of color to embrace the current tech marketplace as builders and creators by introducing them to skills in computer programming and technology.

OneGoal Metro Atlanta

OneGoal addresses the depth and breadth of the problem by focusing on three pivotal transitional years from high school through the first year of college, working in close partnership with districts, high schools and postsecondary institutions.

Advancement Project

A next generation, multi-racial civil rights organization. Rooted in the great human rights struggles for equality and justice, we exist to fulfill America’s promise of a caring, inclusive and just democracy. We use innovative tools and strategies to strengthen social movements and achieve high impact policy change.

Opportunity Hub

Leading technology, startup, and venture ecosystem building platform created to ensure everyone, everywhere has equitable access to the future of work, fourth industrial revolution and beyond as a path to multi-generational wealth creation with no reliance on pre-existing multi-generational wealth.

Competition Judges

2024 Final Round

  • Tuere K. Butler, Director of Operations at Plywood People
  • Getchel Caldwell, Founding Director at National Coalition on Black Civic Participation
  • Jason Carter, Partner at Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore, LLP and Chair of the Board of Trustees at The Carter Center
  • Clark Dean, Executive Managing Director of Transaction Services at Transwestern 
  • Christopher P. Gibson, Vice President of Institutional Marketing at Ariel Investments 
  • Garry Lowe, Vice-Chair at The John R. Lewis Legacy Institute

2023 Final Round

  • Alan Pisano, Partner at PwC
  • Alex Martinez, Senior Director of Global Diversity Talent and Strategic Engagements at Nike
  • Miguel Henderson, President & CEO of Brakkam Aviation Management
  • Pat Upshaw-Monteith, President & CEO of Leadership Atlanta
  • Yonina Gray, Board Member at Georgia Social Impact Collaborative

2022 Final Round

  • Lola Banjo, Sr. Managing Director, Strategy and Innovation Consulting at Salesforce
  • Aubree Broadwater,  

    Equity Enablement Manager and President of BOLDforce Atlanta at Salesforce

  •  Ruth Davis, Director of Call for Code at IBM*

  • Stephanie Espy, Founder and CEO at MathSP
  • Abigail Gross, Board Member at Sandy Springs Conservancy 
  • Joseph Handy, President & CEO at National Black MBA Association
  • Kamau Massey, Co-Author of Harvard Business School case note "African American Inequality in the United States"
  • Demetria Miles-McDonald, Founder & CEO at Decide Diversity
  • Debra Nealy, Founder & CEO at Step Ahead Scholars
  • Corie Pauling, SVP, Chief Inclusion, Diversity & Equity Officer, Head of CSR at TIAA
  • Marty Rodgers, Market Unit Lead of US South at Accenture*
  • Mac Schuessler, President & CEO at EVERTEC
  • Mandell Smith, VP, Banker at JP Morgan Private Bank
  •  Willie Sullivan, Founder at The John R. Lewis Racial Justice Case Competition

  • Charlene Thomas, Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer at UPS*
  •  KT Thornton, Chief Equity Inclusion and Belonging Officer at Taco Bell*

  • Rachel Yuen, Sr. Director, Legal at