Kayrn Withers Aguirre
Director of Program Development
International Justice Mission
"I learned at UNC Kenan-Flagler that project management standards of excellence must apply to both the profit and nonprofit sectors."
Professional career highlights
- A risk-taker and woman of deep Christian beliefs, became director of program development for nonprofit International Justice Mission
- Concentrates fund-raising abilities and business expertise on IJM's mission to rescue victims of abuse and injustice in developing countries
- Program officer, project management and grant writing, International Relief and Development
- Organizational development consultant, Institute of Global Competitiveness
What she does
Withers travels globally to convince donors and institutions to fund humanitarian efforts.
She says, "Many people talk about the horrors of injustice and abuse. Few take risks to intervene, act for human rights and save lives. The real risk is lacking courage to live your life for personal and career fulfillment."
What attending business school at UNC helped me achieve
"I learned at UNC Kenan-Flagler that project management standards of excellence must apply to both the profit and nonprofit sectors," Withers says. "IJM's project management standard of excellence equals Fortune 500 companies."
"My corporate years were invaluable in applying my UNC Kenan-Flagler education. I think creatively and strategically, while innovating increases to the bottom line."
"To me, the bottom line means lives changed for the better. When you work on behalf of the oppressed, you always want to do more."