Seminars - Alumni Weekend - UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School
Shaping Leaders, Driving Results

Presentations and Seminars

The information below is from Reunion 2014 and we are in the process of finalizing the programming for Reunion 2015! Please stay tuned for updates.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Greg Brown

“Economic and Financial Markets Outlook” with Professor Greg Brown

Seminar – 1:45 – 3:15 p.m.

Global economic dynamics seem to change daily.  Making sense of all the reports and constant flow of information is often difficult.  We invite you to join Professor Greg Brown for an update on the latest outlook for the economy, monetary policy, and financial markets.  See how the resources in the Kenan-Flagler Capital Markets Lab (CML) can be used to analyze current data on the global economy and how this information translates into an outlook for major financial markets.  This promises to be a most informative session, providing great insights on the future financial landscape, and well as showcasing how the CML is enhancing the learning experience for our students.
Janet Ramsey

"Reducing Income Taxes and Eliminating Estate Taxes" with Janet Ramsey (BSBA 1979, MBA 1983)

Seminar – 1:30 - 2:45 p.m.

No, this isn’t a campaign platform statement or a tax policy discussion. Income and estate taxes will continue to play a significant role in the American tax system, regardless of the political party in power. This session will focus on ways individuals can effectively reduce these taxes, even as Congress inevitably changes future brackets and exemption amounts. You will learn successful strategies to avoid double taxation on retirement savings, bypass capital gains taxes when selling investments, create additional income tax deductions using often overlooked assets, voluntarily opt out of taxes on your estate and more effectively shield your family wealth from lawsuits. This session is back by “popular demand” after being widely attended and very favorably reviewed during Reunion Weekend 2013.

Janet Ramsey is a financial educator, author and speaker, working with clients, educational, nonprofit and professional groups for almost three decades. She is the founder and President of Premier Advisor Group LLC, in Durham, NC, a Certified Financial Planner Professional™ and Advisory Representative of Lincoln Financial Securities Corporation. She counsels clients and advisors how to plan for a secure lifetime lifestyle, increase effectiveness in working with professional advisors and experience more meaningful multi-generational family wealth transfer and preservation. She is a graduate of the MBA program at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School and a founding member and former chair of the UNC Kenan-Flagler Alumni Council.

Carol Segeal

“Moving beyond a Quarterly Profit Focus:  Integrating a Triple-Bottom-Line Approach to Corporate Strategy and Business Education” with Professor Carol Hee

Seminar – 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

This working session will give you the opportunity to share lessons from your experience concerning how your company has tried to integrate social and environmental concerns into its decision making. This session will also include a query about the significant sustainability issues you see emerging as corporate challenges in the coming years. Led by Professor Carol Hee, along with other faculty and staff from the Center for Sustainable Enterprise, this session will provide participants with actionable insights into how to drive achievement of sustainability goals and will help shape the future focus of the Center for Sustainable Enterprise's effort to prepare Kenan-Flagler graduates to become leaders empowered to add value to the bottom line while promoting the greater good. 

Elizabeth Wallencheck

“Should I Stay or Should I Go?” – Career Session with Elizabeth Wallencheck, Director of Alumni Career Management

Seminar – 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Should I stay or should I go now?
If I go there will be trouble
And if I stay it will be double

This indecision’s bugging me…

The Clash, 1981

At various points in almost everyone’s career, they develop a nagging sense that there must be something more, or at least something different!  Whether you are five or twenty-five years out of school, this session will explore how to assess whether it’s time to move up or move out, how to identify your motivations and goals, and how to get the change process started.

Full Friday Agenda


Saturday, April 26, 2014

Albert Segars

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

Seminar – 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

While it is easy to believe that technology has matured completely over the last five to seven years, nothing could be further from the truth. We are at the “starting line” of a technological revolution that will change healthcare, manufacturing, commerce, communication, work, play, and life in general. The nature of these changes and their many implications can be understood by examining the evolution of seven core technologies: Pervasive Computing, Wireless Loops, Big Data, Next Generation Robotics, Bio Technology, Nano Technology, and Cloud Computing. 

Based on a recent research study sponsored by the Department of Defense, Boeing, and Apple, Professor Al Segars discusses the impact and far-reaching implications of this next technological revolution.

Jim Johnson

“Disruptive Demographic Trends: Implications for Business and Consumer Markets” with Professor Jim Johnson

Seminar – 2:00 – 3:30 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.
David Hofmann   

“Team Decision Making” with Professor David Hofmann

Seminar – 3:45 – 5:15 pm

In this highly experiential session, you will gain insights into two different approaches to team decision making and learn when to use each approach. As our focus is on decision making, you will first be asked to make a team decision. We then will discuss the results, introduce two different approaches to team decision making, and describe how one particular “rule” of organizational life taught to virtually all new employees can be particularly dysfunctional in the context of team decision making.

This session will be led by Professor David Hofmann.  It is draw directly from his MBA elective course entitled, Leading from the Middle – a course focused on understanding the challenges of middle management and effectively leading and influencing as a middle manager.  Intrigued?  Come join us and find out more!

Full Saturday Agenda

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