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

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