UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Shaping Leaders, Driving Results

UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Anna Penner

Anna Penner

Class:

Evening MBA Class of 2012

Title:

Director of Business Development

Company:

Research Triangle Foundation of North Carolina

"Higher education is something I’ve always wanted to achieve before starting a family, and I want the options an MBA has the potential to give me throughout my career."

An MBA Isn't Just for Business Anymore: The Non-Profit Perspective

“Business school isn’t just for the corporate world. Whether you work in a hospital, a school, a non-profit, or a private company – an MBA adds value. And the truth is, non-profits and private sector organizations are fundamentally more alike than they are different. I work in the non-profit sector, helping companies bring their operations to the Research Triangle Park. To do my job well, I have to understand the needs of national and global companies from a variety of industries, and liaise with state and regional economic development groups. Since my classmates come from a wide range of fields, my discussions with them have given me greater exposure to various business sectors, enabling me to address my clients’ industry-specific needs and communicate with them more confidently.

I certainly expected to connect with my classmates, but I am continually struck by how many of them have made an impact on my life in such a short time. There is something about going through this intense experience together – we’re all up to our ears in work and school and life - the bonding is fast and furious! But it’s also meaningful. I feel fortunate to be surrounded by such incredible people. And I’m 100 percent confident that the UNC MBA will help me be prepared for whatever opportunities come my way.”

Meet Our Students

Anna Penner
Britt Petty
Ge Guifarro
David Long
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