UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

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UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Elected Student Leaders

UNC Kenan-Flagler Full-time MBA Elected Student Leaders

The students who are elected to serve as leaders of the MBASA Executive Board, the Diversity Clubs, the Advisory Boards, the Career and the Social/Community Clubs are enrolled in the three-Mod class: Applied Leadership for Elected MBAs.

The Applied Leadership for Elected MBAs Class

Course Overview

The mission of the Applied Leadership for Elected MBA’s is to provide each elected leader with a safe and collaborative environment that affords teaching, mentoring and leadership during their year in office.

The course will employ classroom instruction, discussion and video, as well as guest speakers.

Course Objectives

The course will provide students with a framework on which to manage their organizations, complemented with one-on-one
coaching. Students will be given an overview of a broad range of leadership styles and soft skills critical to success in any
organization. Students will be given exposure to senior business leaders in and outside the classroom.

Course Instructor

Paula Sims is the senior vice president of corporate development and improvement for Progress Energy. In this role, Ms. Sims is responsible for implementing the Balanced Solution strategy to meet the future energy needs of Progress Energy’s customers. Most recently, Ms. Sims was named chief integration officer for the planned merger between Progress Energy and Duke Energy. With her counterpart from Duke Energy, Ms. Sims will spearhead the company’s efforts to combine systems and structures to create the nation’s largest electric utility.

Since joining Progress Energy in 1999, Ms. Sims has held a variety of roles including senior vice president, Power Operations; senior vice president, Regulated Services; vice president, Fossil Generation; vice president, Regulated Fuels; and chief operating officer of Progress Fuels. She played a key leadership role in the integration activities during the CP&L/Florida Progress merger 10 years ago.

Before coming to Progress Energy, Ms. Sims spent 15 years with GE Aircraft Engines in various engineering, operations and plant management roles.

Ms. Sims earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Virginia Tech, a master’s degree in engineering from Boston University, and a master of business administration degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also serves on the Meredith College Board of Trustees and is an assistant adjunct professor of leadership at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School.

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