UNC Kenan-Flagler alumni are making an impact in careers across the sustainable enterprise spectrum and around the world.
Energy and the Environment
Dan Sowder (MBA '10)
Past: US Navy
Internship: Commercial Associates Summer Intern, Duke Energy
Full Time: Commercial Associate, Duke Energy
"Business school is an opportunity for each of us to identify and explore what values are most important to us and how we can
achieve them through our careers."
Community Economic Development
Napoleon Wallace (MBA '10)
Past: Wachovia Capital Markets, LLC
Internship: Carolina Entreprenurial Fellow
, SJG Ventures, HIP Investors, In-Kind
Full Time: Special Assistant to the CEO
, Self-Help Credit Union
"Despite my current focus on sustainability and entrepreneurship, I'm an investor at heart, so the greatest contribution that I can make
will be to help develop the framework that properly marries environmental, social and governance performance with financial performance."
Corporate Social Responsibility
Valerie Cook Smith (MBA '02)
Past: Brainerd Foundation and National Audubon Society
Internship: Coca Cola
Full Time: Vice President of Sustainability, Citigroup
"Citigroup started our sustainability initiative as both the right thing to do, as well as something that enhances our brand and reputation.
Now we are increasingly finding that our [sustainability] expertise is an asset when talking to clients."
Base of the Pyramid
Tom Outlaw (EMBA '08)
Past: US Agency for International Development
Internship: CSE Consulting
Full Time: Chief of Party
, WaterSHED Asia
"One of the most important skills I've gained here at Kenan-Flagler is the ability to translate sustainability concepts into the language of
business. Promoting sustainability requires communicating in terms that resonate with the business community, using metrics that show
sustainability's impact on the balance sheet. Through Kenan-Flagler and the Center for Sustainable Enterprise, I've learned an entirely
new vocabulary for making the case that sustainability matters, not only to people and the planet, but to profits as well."
Deb Parsons (MBA '06)
Past: Bain & Co., The North Face, Intuit
Internship: SJF Ventures
Full Time: Director of Business Development
, Investor's Circle
"Capital can provide more than just the fuel in the engine. It provides people with a sense of hope."
Brian Chossek (MBA '01)
Past: Non-profit start up
, ShangriLa Group
Full Time: President
, Seven Oaks Ranch
"When we can tap in to the human potential, we'll begin to see paths to sustainability and new business models that truly create
sustainability, rather than incremental improvements based on current economic models."
Evelyn Contre (MBA '06)
Past: Teacher and Real Estate
Internship: Marketing Intern for a start up company
Full Time: Marketing Manager, Greenfire Development; Founder, Springleaf Strategies
"I was fortunate to have classmates that were passionate about sustainability and such a supportive Sustainable Enterprise program to
embrace their ideas. It was during my time at Kenan-Flagler that these issues came to the forefront of my career search."
Tucker Bartlett (MBA/MRP '03)
Past: Financial Analyst
Internship: Summer Associate
, SJF Ventures
Full Time: Director of Commercial Real Estate Development & Lending
, Self-Help Ventures Fund; COO
Scientific Properties; Executive VP
, Self-Help Credit Union
"Kenan-Flagler gives you the opportunity to make connections between the hard skills you learn and how you can use those skills to
further the goals of sustainability"? "Kenan-Flagler makes it easy to connect the dots and find where your skills and interests converge."
Global Supply Chain
Katherine Jennrich (MBA '08)
Past: URS Corporation
Internship: Intern, WalMart's Green Energy Department
Full Time: Senior Manager of Energy Services, WalMart
"I couldn't have asked for a more perfect real world application of my academic pursuits" ... "This job truly gave me a chance to
see the business of the environment-it is possible to make or save money while accomplishing environmental goals."