Experiences

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

Innovation @ Boeing

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 | Sri Shankar

Several executives from Boeing’s Innovations Group recently were at a lunch hosted by the Operations Management club at the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School to discuss their internal program termed Innovation @ Boeing. More

When Two Worlds Collaborate

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 | Peter Cvelich

One of my aspirations in attending UNC-Chapel Hill for graduate school was to pursue dual master’s degrees in the Department of City and Regional Planning and the Kenan-Flagler Business School MBA program. I saw the opportunity to translate learning from two different fields into a more complete worldview and professional toolbox to tackle issues of economic development and social inequality in communities both near and far. More

A Celebration for the Kenan Institute’s Students and Leadership Fellows

Monday, May 19, 2014 | Stacy Gilbert

On Tuesday, May 6, 2014 the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise (KI) celebrated all KI students’ contributions at its annual student celebration event, Rollie Tillman & Kenan Institute Impact Awards Reception. The students recognized at this year’s ceremony included 11 MBA Leadership Fellows, five Undergraduate Business Leadership Fellows, and over 90 students from various universities across the Research Triangle. Over the course of the year, these students had the opportunity to work on a variety of projects with the Institute’s Concierge Service for Entrepreneurs, NC Growth, Basketball Analytics Summit, Sport Entrepreneurship, BrandNC, Research Services, and Boeing projects. More

RTP: A Hub of Innovation to “Lift Up North Carolina”

Friday, March 28, 2014 | Spyros Messados

As part of the Kenan Institute’s Food for Thought Luncheon speaker series, students and faculty had the pleasure of joining Bob Geolas, CEO of the Research Triangle Foundation, for a lunch and discussion on February 19, 2014. Bob took us through the history of the Foundation, discussed its role in dynamically changing the world, and ended by discussing his plan for the future of the Triangle area. Bob’s childhood and family were deeply influenced by the development of the Research Triangle Park, and this impels his passion and drive for continuing its legacy and towards building an even more innovative, impactful hub for North Carolina. More

Agricultural Development in Eastern North Carolina

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 | Bern Moorehead

One of the benefits of serving as a Kenan Institute Leadership Fellow is the opportunity to participate in the Institute’s projects and contribute to their impact. This fall, I joined a team of Kenan-Flagler MBA students and City and Regional Planning students on a field trip to Butler Farms, a swine finishing operation in Lillington, NC. The team spent the fall semester studying the policy environment and the economic impact of the hog industry on eastern North Carolina under the guidance of Dr. Mark Little, Director of the Kenan Institute’s NC Strategic Economic Growth. More

Report from the Field: Leveraging Kenan-Flagler Resources around the World

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 | Ashley Gremel

My path with the Kenan-Flagler Undergraduate Business Program began in Bangkok, Thailand as a corporate social responsibility intern at Kenan Institute Asia. While in country, I drastically increased my tolerance for spicy food and extended my understanding of the role of business in making our world a better place. K.I. Asia specializes in corporate social responsibility (CSR) project implementation, and works with big names such as Boeing, Merck, and Microsoft. My role was developing a CSR training curriculum for Thai companies by synthesizing existing materials and adding new content. Carol Seagle from UNC’s Center for Sustainable Enterprise advised me from Chapel Hill and introduced me to the numerous resources available through the KnowledgeBank on the CSE site. More

An Hour with ESPN’s John Skipper

Thursday, October 31, 2013 | Susan Sullivan

Kenan Institute Leadership Fellows, Susan Sullivan (1st year MBA student) and Tetsuo Nishihara (2nd year MBA student) had an opportunity to meet Mr. John Skipper, president of ESPN. John is an alumnus of UNC and graciously offered to meet Susan and Tetsuo to share his experiences in the sport industry. More