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Gavin Purdy ’23 and Teddy Zinn ’25 represented Elon in the University of Arizona corporate social responsibility competition.

Entrepreneurship major Gavin Purdy ’23 and finance and project management double major Teddy Zinn ’25 represented Elon University in the 20th Annual College Ethics Case Competition hosted by the University’s Center for Leadership Ethics from Arizona.

The Elon team of Gavin Purdy ’23 and Teddy Zinn ’25 at the Collegiate Ethics Case Competition.

The duo, mentored by associate professor of business law Christy Benson, joined students from schools around the world for the Oct. 13-15 competition held in Tucson, Arizona. Acting as financial consultants to the senior management of a nonprofit university foundation, the teams assessed whether the university should invest a significant amount of endowment funds in cryptocurrency. The teams’ assessments and recommendations had to take into account stakeholder, economic, legal and ethical considerations.

The judges, who included University of Arizona professors, executives from companies such as 3M and Hewlett-Packard, and local Tucson business owners, rated the presentations on delivery, depth of analysis, persuasion, creativity, recommendations in both an ethical and practical context, and answers to judges’ questions.

“The contest was an incredibly cool experience to grow as a person and network with other people my age,” Purdy explained. “It allowed me to explore areas outside of my comfort zone and identify aspects of myself that I can work on to become the best I can be.”


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