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Seminars and TED Talks

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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.
Adam Mersereau

"Big Data: Motivation and Challenges" seminar with Professor Adam Mersereau

Seminar – 1:15 – 2:30 p.m.

What exactly is Big Data and why should a business school graduate care?  We will answer this question and discuss the future of data analytics using the Walt Disney World resort as a case study.  We will also explore the analysis of unstructured data, pitting alumni versus machine to comprehend and compare samples of written text.

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 24, 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.
David Roberts  

“Why Won’t People Do as They Are Told? - Executing Strategy” with Professor Dave Roberts

TED Talk – 3:00 - 4:30 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.


Greg Hohn 

"Business Is Improv. 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 - Seminars


"UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School - Then and Now" with Professor Jack Evans

Carroll Hall - 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Join Professor Emeritus and former dean Jack Evans for a look back at our Business School in years past, and how UNC Kenan-Flagler has evolved and grown over the years.   Also joining us will be Cal Atwood, former MBA Admissions Director, as well as many other Emeritus Faculty from the 60s, 70s, and 80s.  This session will be held in Carroll Hall, the home of the Business School for many of our graduates.

Saturday, April 25, 2015 - TED Talks

Lloyd Kramer

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

TED Talk – 2:00 – 3:30 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.

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 Lundblad

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.

 Brent Comstock

“One Town.  Two Stoplights. Unlimited Possibilities” with Brent Comstock - Current Kenan-Flagler student (BSBA 2017)

TED Talk– 2:00 – 3:30 pm

The buzzwords entrepreneurship and innovation are often accompanied with images of Silicon Valley, Google, and large urban areas. Brent’s session will serve as a testament – and challenge – to think differently about these buzzwords. He’ll share a message about one entrepreneurial venture that embodies the start-up trends of today, reaches millions of people per year and was created in a town with two stoplights.

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