Seminars & TED Talks - Alumni Weekend - UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School
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Seminars and TED Talks

We are in the process of finalizing the programming for Reunion 2015! Please stay tuned for updates.

Friday, April 24, 2015 - Seminars

Wendell Gilland

“Non-Traditional Classroom Experiences” seminar with Professor Wendell Gilland

Seminar – 1:15 – 2:30 p.m.

Over the past decade, new technologies and learning approaches have altered the education landscape.  At UNC Kenan-Flagler, non-traditional classroom experiences range from activities that have been incorporated into traditional programs to entire degree programs that are built around non-traditional approaches to education.  In this seminar, we will see examples of several different learning opportunities that have emerged at UNC Kenan-Flagler, as well as discuss the implications of these curriculum changes and the opportunities they present to both current students and alumni.
Albert Segars

"Seven Technologies That Are Changing the World" seminar with Professor Al Segars

Seminar – 1:15 – 2:30 p.m.

Based on recent research sponsored by the Department of Defense, Boeing, and Apple, Dr. Segars will discuss the far-reaching implications of the next technological revolution. This session will highlight the seven core technologies that will change healthcare, manufacturing, commerce, communication, work, play, and life in general.
Noah Eisenkraft

“Great Deals without Haggling: A Refresher Course in Negotiations” seminar with Professor Noah Eisenkraft

Seminar – 1:15 – 2:30 p.m.

This interactive seminar will help you learn (or re-learn) skills that are central to successful negotiations.  We will introduce a toolkit of useful negotiation skills, strategies, and approaches that, when mastered, can help you reach a mutually beneficial deal while simultaneously building trust and long term relationships.


Robert Connolly

“Asset Valuation and Allocation in the Capital Markets Lab” with Professor Bob Connolly

Seminar – 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

The Capital Markets Lab (CML) is an integral part of preparing students in several degree programs for jobs in financial services.  This session highlights how we use the CML to train students to solve portfolio allocation problems and perform market analysis.

Full Friday Agenda

Friday, April 25, 2015 - TED Talks

Jim Johnson


“Bracing for the Silver Tsunami” with Professor Jim Johnson

TED Talk– 3:00 – 4:30 pm

Six disruptive demographic trends are dramatically transforming all of our social, economic, and political institutions.  Professor Jim Johnson will explore with you the nature, magnitude, and geographical manifestations of these trends and highlight what they mean for business and consumer markets.

Tim Flood

“The Real Power of Words, across History and in Your Business Dealings Today” with Professor Tim Flood

TED Talk – 3:00 – 4:30 pm

We’ve all heard the clichés about pictures being worth 1,000 words, but what about the varying power of those words themselves?  We’ll look, during this session, both at the historical impact of words and other forms of messaging, and we’ll bring all of that history to bear on best practices for the business world today.  This session will produce not only some high-concept considerations but also some immediately-implementable strategies and tactics.  Word.
Lloyd Kramer
 
 

“Why Does a Liberal Arts Education Shape Successful Leaders?” with Professor Lloyd Kramer

TED Talk – 3:00 – 4:30 pm

Critics often question the practical value of studying the liberal arts as university students prepare to enter the technologically advanced global economy.  This session will discuss why deep engagement with the liberal arts (including the humanities) remains the creative foundation for so many of America’s most successful social and economic leaders.

 

Greg Hohn   

“Business is Improve. Huh?” with Professor Greg Hohn

TED Talk – 3:00 – 4:30 pm

What do you do when your plan is no longer working or relevant? You improvise. It turns out that the skills that make for a good improviser on stage make for a good professional in the workplace too, from playing the character you want to play with authority, to collaborating with others, to adapting and creating on the fly.
 

Saturday, April 25, 2015 - TED Talks

David Roberts

“Why won’t people do as they are told? - Executing Strategy” with Professor Dave Roberts

TED Talk – 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.


People (employees) can resist change, even if it is "good for them."  This session will discuss how to treat the 4 types of people within your company to best achieve sustainable, and actively supported, change.

Daniel Wallace

“Notes to my Mother, or How I Became a Writer” with Professor Daniel Wallace

TED Talk– 2:00 – 3:30 pm

This session is about the circuitous path Daniel Wallace took to being a writer. It’s not so much a ‘session' as it is wisdom clothed in comedy, and the providential, mostly accidental ways a writer discovers that he is one.  

Christian Lundblad
 
 

“What’s going on in China?  Their structural transformation and our business risk” with Professor Christian Lunblad

TED Talk– 2:00 – 3:30 pm

China’s monumental economic transformation is creating significant political tensions at home and elevated business risks for foreign firms with local investments and/or operations.  We will look at the underlying drivers behind these challenges, with an eye to appreciating the historical re-allocation of economic activity within China.  These dynamics shape the necessary conversations any global firm with Chinese aspirations must have in the context of their strategic planning.

Full Saturday Agenda

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