Student Spotlight: Chris Long On Finding His Passion

Friday, October 31, 2014 | Kiara Burroughs

I recently had the opportunity to learn about one of my friends and fellow classmate’s work with the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise. Chris Long, a 2nd year MBA student, has worked with the institute since last Fall to provide financial consulting services to three distinct businesses in the eastern North Carolina community. More

In Her Own Words: Kiara Burroughs, New Student Blogger

Monday, October 27, 2014 | Kiara Burroughs

My name is Kiara, and I am the newest blogger for the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise. During my first year, I had the opportunity to learn more about the Kenan Institute, but I never completely grasped or knew about all of its happenings. For several months, I wondered what exactly was going on in the “other” building at Kenan-Flagler Business School. Therefore, when I had the chance to serve in a marketing role at the Kenan Institute, I seized the opportunity.  I knew that this would allow me to learn more about the Kenan Institute, meet key players in the building, and build my marketing skills in a digital space. One of my responsibilities is to write weekly blog posts to inform students and others in the community about the Kenan Institute. More

Hands-On Business Librarianship Training

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 | Stacy Gilbert

During my first semester as a Master of Science in Library Science student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, I was pretty clueless as to what I wanted to do with my degree. It wasn’t until the second semester when I heard about a job called “business librarian” that realized I finally found my calling. During the same semester, I began working at the Kenan Institute as a Market Research Intern. I support the office in many ways, but I mainly work on the KI’s Patent Landscaping & Market Evaluation Program by researching various types of industries and markets for UNC-Chapel Hill’s inventors and entrepreneurs who are interested in patenting their ideas. More

Kenan Institute Student Onboarding Program: Launching the Next Group of Entrepreneurial Thinkers

Friday, October 10, 2014 | Kiara Burroughs

The Kenan Institute recently concluded it inaugural Student Onboarding Program. The purpose of the program was to familiarize students with the Kenan Institute’s mission and prepare them to work with the institute. The mission of the Kenan Institute is to develop key partnerships—with other North Carolina universities, state and federal government agencies, and private industry—that will connect entrepreneurs, researchers, leaders, organizations and residents, create new ideas and entities, and accelerate economic growth. In the final session, students were reminded of their responsibility to drive ideas to practical benefit. More

From 3rd Grade Lesson Plans to Foreign Trade Zones

Thursday, October 2, 2014 | Jessie Maxwell

As a graduate student enrolled in two master’s programs and with a handful of internships under my belt, I’m used to being dubbed a “career changer”. It makes sense. I used to teach elementary school in the North Carolina public school system. After three years in the classroom, I decided to head back to school myself to pursue an MBA and a Master’s in Public Policy. More

Putting Academic Theory into Practice

Thursday, September 25, 2014 | David Kearns

When new first-year MBA students begin at Kenan-Flagler, a common piece of advice that is annually passed down from the second-year class is that time is the most limited, and valuable, resource. With an abundance of worthwhile activities, and a scarcity of free hours, it can be challenging for students to identify the opportunities that are most deserving of their time investment while at Kenan-Flagler. More

Food for Thought: A visit with Senator Howard Lee

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 | Ashwini Rathi

The Kenan Institute presents a variety of opportunities for students to develop their skills through its various programs and industry engagements. A vital part of such skill development is having an open mind, which comes with experience. An open mind is one of the main criteria of the “Food for Thought” luncheon series. Hosted by Kenan Institute Leadership Fellows, “Food for Thought” invites renowned visionaries to speak to future leaders at the Kenan Institute. As a Leadership Fellow, I have been fortunate to attend several sessions and to write about one such visionary – North Carolina Senator Howard Lee. More


Monday, August 18, 2014 | David Lee

Like many recent graduates from college, I was faced with uncertainty with what I wanted to do in my life and how I would reach my goals. Uncertainty is a particularly thorny problem because it hinders efficient decision-making and stalls progress. When you lack key information, how do you make good decisions and continue to move forward? More

NC Growth Summer Presentations

Monday, August 11, 2014 | Jessie Maxwell

This past Wednesday was final presentation day for NC Growth’s summer interns. Decked out in our finest business professional attire, we gathered in the boardroom and eagerly (maybe anxiously) waited our turn to present our summer projects. “This is a big deal, guys,” LaChaun Banks, Economic Development Coordinator for NC Growth told us in our weekly meeting a few days prior. LaChaun was definitely right. Wednesday’s event was a big deal. More

In Pursuit of Life-Long Learning, Kenan Institute is a Good Place to Start

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 | Ashley Brown

In The Beatles song, All You Need is Love, John Lennon sings “There's nowhere you can be that isn't where you're meant to be.” This sentiment is comforting, especially as a graduate student, when at 2am in the morning, as you are trying to write those last few pages of a term paper, you start questioning your decision to return to school. You ask yourself frantically “What am I doing here???” More