February 27, 2017

MEDIA ADVISORY: Ilitch School's Elevator Pitch Competition returns to RenCen March 3

Wayne State students will have 90 seconds — the time it takes to reach the Coach Insignia from the ground floor of the RenCen — to give an “elevator speech” about themselves, describing their education, skills and career aspirations.

Wayne State University business students will head to the Renaissance Center to vie for $1,750 in scholarship money as they take part in the second annual Mike Ilitch School of Business Elevator Pitch Competition. In the city's tallest and most iconic elevator, they'll practice their opening lines on Detroit executives during the course of a ride to the top.

The students have the 80-second ride up the Renaissance Center’s 72 stories to give an “elevator speech” about themselves, describing their education, skills and career aspirations. Executives from Ally Financial, Quicken Loans, Comerica and Fiat Chrysler will evaluate the students on their ability to sell themselves and present a positive, professional first impression. Three winners will receive scholarships of $1,000, $500 or $250.

10 a.m. to noon, Friday, March 3

Beginning at 10 a.m., each student will have two rides on the elevator with two different judges. The top five students will go on to pitch all judges in a boardroom setting. Prizes will be awarded around noon.

Detroit Renaissance Center; meet in the Renaissance Conference Center or at the base of the elevator in the Marriott tower.

For more information or to attend the event, please contact:
Steve Townsend
Director of Marketing and Communications
Mike Ilitch School of Business

The Wayne State University Mike Ilitch School of Business prepares students for challenging and rewarding careers, advances the boundaries of scholarly and practitioner knowledge, and enhances the economic vitality of the city of Detroit, the state of Michigan and beyond through its programs, research and community engagement. Established in 1946, the business school was renamed in 2015 in recognition of a $40 million gift from Mike and Marian Ilitch. Thanks to this lead investment, a new state-of-the-art building is slated to open in the heart of the District Detroit in 2018, and entrepreneurial programming and collaboration with city businesses are expanding. For more information, visit ilitchbusiness.wayne.edu.


Steven Townsend
Phone: 313-577-0202
Email: smtownsend@wayne.edu

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