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Eric Rosenbaum

Eric Rosenbaum

Class:

MBA 1984

Title:

Chief Operating Officer

Company:

Women In Need

"I learned that you have to bring all of who you are if you want people to invest their hopes and dreams in your leadership."

Career highlights

  • Management consultant, Arthur B. Little
  • Director of technology planning, Colgate-Palmolive
  • Director of customer service and logistics, Colgate-Palmolive India
  • Director of supply chain strategy, Campbell Soup
  • Chief operating officer, Women In Need

What he does

Rosenbaum manages the organization's $36 million annual budget and operations. Women In Need (WIN) is one of New York City's largest non-profit providers of family homeless shelters and supportive housing. WIN's 350 employees provide programs that include women-only substance abuse clinics, on-site child care, tutoring and literacy classes, domestic violence services, job training and financial management workshops. Rosenbaum is helping the organization become more performance driven; he noted that the organization must link revenue to performance to be reimbursed for its work.

What has UNC Kenan-Flagler meant to your career?

Rosenbaum said that he opted to attend UNC Kenan-Flagler to earn an MBA because the school valued his interest in science. He earned a master's degree in public health from UNC. While in Chapel Hill he met with some of the leaders in Research Triangle Park who encouraged him to earn an MBA to help him apply his science background to business.

"The other business schools that I applied to treated my science background as irrelevant. My idea that I could be a mediator between what was happening with the science and those people who were funding or running the companies was something that this School uniquely got excited about."

What has Kenan-Flagler's focus on leadership meant you your career?

"UNC Kenan-Flagler saw capabilities in me and gave me the confidence that I could be successful. I got scholarships from the business School. The school had faith in me - maybe more faith than I had in myself at the time."

Rosenbaum honed his leadership skills during nine years at Colgate, where he helped the company build its supply chain globally, and as the volunteer president of his 800-member synagogue.

"At the synagogue, I was really building a whole new platform for my career focused on relationships, connections and real leadership skills," Rosenbaum said. "I earned the trust of people because they felt they knew who I was as a human being. I learned that you have to bring all of who you are if you want people to invest their hopes and dreams in your leadership."

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