Kirk Lawrence serves as Program Director (Federal) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Kenan-Flagler Business School. Kirk focuses on helping senior leaders accelerate their organizational performance by helping them align their strategy, human capital, and processes with organizational goals. He concentrates on leadership development, transitions, and accelerating the success of newly promoted senior leaders.
Prior to joining UNC, Kirk worked for an IT company in Washington, DC, where he served as a Client Executive, responsible for business development. He also served as a special advisor to the CEO on strategic development in the Federal Government. Kirk brings 30 years of leadership experience following a career as an officer in the US Army, where he commanded units in both the continental US and Europe. Kirk also has an extensive background in congressional operations and strategy development, having twice led the Congressional Budget Liaison Office for the US Army, responsible for all liaison with Appropriations Committees in Congress.
Kirk now works with senior leaders in the federal and state government sectors. He has worked with over 350 senior leaders from the U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marine Corps, Office of the Secretary of Defense, and the Department of Veterans Affairs. His clients include the most senior leaders in both the uniform and civilian sides of the federal government. He has also designed and delivered programs to accelerate senior leader transitions to new roles, strategic planning, and executive leadership.
Kirk also serves as the advisor to the UNC-Chapel Hill chapter of the National Society for Leadership and Success, a national leadership honor society dedicated to the development of leadership skills for college students.
Kirk received his B.S. from the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY and his M.S. in National Security Strategy from the National War College in Washington, DC.
Kirk and his wife, Lisa, have been married for 31 years and have two sons, Jake, a Captain in the U.S. Army currently serving at Fort Hood, TX, and Adam,who recently completed his MFA in Film Production from Boston University and currently resides in Boston, MA.
Kirk has authored the following UNC Executive Development white papers: