UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

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UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Women at UNC

We are deeply committed to the strong presence of women in our MBA staff, faculty and student body.

  • UNC Kenan-Flagler is a member of the Forte Foundation, an organization of major corporations, top business schools and influential non-profit organizations that helps direct talented women towards leadership roles in business through research, scholarships, events and network development
  • Women hold 5 of the 9 senior leadership positions reporting directly to the Dean
  • Women are prominent among the leadership of the MBA Program - of Dean Sridhar Balasubramanian's 4 direct reports, 3 are women: the director of admissions, career management and leadership development
  • Women make up approximately 30% of the MBA Class of 2015

Learn what female faculty, staff, and alumni have to say about their experience here:

  • Faculty

    "I joined Carolina in 1985-before it was Kenan-Flagler. There were a number of women on the faculty. In fact, I did not realize that the proportion of women on the faculty here compared so favorably to other top -20 business schools, until I saw the statistic reported in a national news magazine. The School should be proud of this long tradition. We benefit from it, in an environment that is remarkably comfortable for both men and women."

    - Jennifer Conrad
    Mary Farley Ames Lee Distinguished Professor
    Former Area Chair, Finance

    "In my view, Kenan-Flagler integrates women so well into the school that I personally never think about being different. Women are offered the same opportunities as men, and female students are competitive in classes, jobs and leadership positions in the school."

    - Valarie A. Zeithaml
    Roy and Alice H. Richards Bicentennial Professor

  • Staff

    "Diversity is a daily reality here. Diversity of ideas, of achievements and of visions is what really matters. Color, race, and gender do not play a role at UNC Kenan-Flagler. Rather the different viewpoints help better prepare students for the global economy. No one has time to think about whether you are male or female here. There is too much to be done both in the school and the community."

    -Susan Kellogg
    Associate Dean of Information Technology

  • Alumni

    "Even though Kenan-Flagler has a very diverse student body of high achievers, the environment is extremely supportive and collaborative. As students we are constantly challenging and learning from each other. One of my most rewarding experiences is being a part of Carolina Women in Business (CWIB). Through CWIB, I have been provided a variety of skill-building and networking opportunities while also creating a strong network of lifelong friends."

    - Julie Rodgers
    MBA Class of 2008

    At UNC I have been inspired by the accomplishments and talents of my fellow female colleagues. Their example and advice encourages me to push my own boundaries and develop my skills as a future leader. This motivation, partnered with the solid support offered by faculty and staff, creates just the positive environment I was looking for in a graduate school.

    - Diana A. Selezeanu
    MBA Class of 2009

Learn more about activities of Carolina Women in Business, a student-run club. We invite women applying to the MBA Program at UNC to visit the business school and join us for events put on by the Club.

Student Profiles

Dean back at White House for women in business initiative

UNC Kenan-Flagler is part of an initiative to improve opportunities for women in business.

Joanna Furgiuele: The best of both worlds

Dual-degree program helps Furgiuele (MBA/MEM '15) understand how business and ecology fit together.

Shimul Melwani: Engaging emotions

The award-winning prof examines workplace gossip, frenemies and more.

Taylor Mallard: Changing the world through business

Mallard (MBA '15) is harnessing the power of business to benefit the greater good.

Making an impact

The key to success is making an impact, says Hershey's Michele Buck (MBA '87).

Advancing next-gen business equality

The Carolina Women in Business Conference focuses on moving beyond the 'what is' to the 'what could be.'

Alum finds new purpose, passion in MBA program

Bridget Brennan (MBA ’14) was drawn to the School’s focus on social and environmental impact.

Finding value in diversity and teamwork

More than 6,500 miles from her home country of Iran, Parisa Salkhordeh learns value of diversity and teamwork.

Eva Labro: Modern-day pioneer

The accounting professor conquers frontiers in research and teaching.

Student voices: Chantel Adams

The collaborative culture of UNC Kenan-Flagler attracted Adams (MBA ’14) to the MBA Program.

How sweet it is: Hershey's Kristen Riggs

Riggs (MBA '05) shares her experience building new Hershey's brand in China.

Career pivot is slam dunk for MBA student

From basketball to private wealth management, Nora Jabbour (BSBA ’06, MBA ’14) isn’t your typical MBA student.

Kenan Connection: Partners unite

Kenan Connection provides a social and business network to support partners of MBA students at UNC Kenan-Flagler.

Brazilian chooses UNC Kenan-Flagler for marketing expertise, leadership development

Coming to UNC Kenan-Flagler, Luisa Benzaquen (MBA ’14) was no stranger to the business world. She studied business administration in her hometown of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and worked for two years with Capri Sun to advance her career.

MBA student hones her leadership, consulting skills

Working in a recruiting role for Deloitte Consulting, one of the world's largest management consulting firms, Neha Jain (MBA ’13) had visited UNC Kenan-Flagler countless times. When she made the decision to pursue her MBA and began to explore different programs, she was drawn to the sense of camaraderie among students at Kenan-Flagler that she had witnessed first-hand in a recruiting capacity.

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