UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Speaker Series

The Center for Entrepreneurial Studies in conjunction with the Dean's Speaker Series and MBA Entrepreneurship Club invites successful corporate and entrepreneurial leaders from around the world to share their experiences.

Examples of Past Speakers

Lex Alexander

Former Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Wellspring Grocery Company (now Whole Foods)
Chapel Hill, NC

Ron Alsop

Freelance Journalist and Book Author, BBC
Summit, NJ

Peyton Anderson

Chief Executive Officer, Affinergy
Research Triangle Park, NC

Amy Woods Brinkley

former Chief Risk Officer at Bank of America
Charlotte, NC

David Brooks

Op-Ed Columnist New York Times
New York, NY

Martin Cortes

Chief Executive Officer, Snap! Marketing Solutions
Buenos Aries, Argentina

Dr. John Didsbury, PhD

Founder & CEO, T3D Therapeutics, Inc.
Durham, NC

Manny Friedman

Chief Investment Officer, EJF Capital LLC
Arlington, VA

Alston Gardner

Founder and Partner, Fulcrum Equity Partners
Atlanta, Georgia

Susan Gravely

Owner and CEO, Vietri
Hillsborough, NC

Isaac Green

President and CEO, Piedmont Investment Advisors, LLC
Durham, NC

Webb Hayes

Managing Director, Stifel
Washington, DC

David Kidder

Co-Founder and CEO, Bionic
New York, NY

Gary Kirby

Campbell Alliance
Raleigh, NC

Chris Lynch

Attorney, Wyrick Robbins, LLP
Raleigh, NC

Scott Maitland

Owner, Top of the Hill Restaurant
Chapel Hill, NC

Richard McCarthy

Founder and President, MAC Development
Chicago, IL

Hugh McColl

Former Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Bank of America
Charlotte, NC

Dr. Fran Meyer

Vice President, Enterprise Development, AM Pappas and Associates
Research Triangle Park, NC

Mike Miles

Managing Principal and Portfolio Manager, Guggenheim Partners Real Estate
Chapel Hill, NC

George Perkins

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Frontier Spinning Mills, Inc.
Sanford, NC

Phil Phillips

Founder, First Factors (now a division of General Electric)
High Point, NC

Brian Reynolds

Managing Partner, Chatham Capital
Atlanta, GA

Ed Rogers

Chairman, BGR Group
Washington, DC

Ronnie Rothstein

co-CEO, Klienfeld Bridal Incorporated
Brooklyn, NY

Phil Sheridan

Manager, Virginia Economic Development Partnership
Richmond, VA

Fred Smith

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Federal Express
Memphis, TN

Dr. Scott Uknes

Founder, AgBiome
Research Triangle Park, NC

Mara Urshel

President, Kleinfeld Bridal Incorporated
Brooklyn, NY

Steve Van Dyke

former CEO, Bay Harbour Management Company
New York, NY

Doug Vaughn

Managing Director, Triangle Capital Corporation
Raleigh, NC

Barbara Walton

Executive Vice President and CFO, Frontier Spinning Mills
Sanford, NC

Sylvain Dufour

Co-Founder and CEO FotoSwipe
Raleigh, NC

James Hill

Co-Founder and CEO High Cotton
Raleigh, NC

Bayard Collins

Co-Founder, Hungry Leaf
Durham, NC

Bryan Conner

Co-Founder, MapJoy
Raleigh, NC

Jayson Punwani

Associate, Pappas Ventures
Durham, NC

Barry Gonder

Partner, Grove Street Advisors
Boston, MA

Mel Williams

TrueBridge Capital Partners
Chapel Hill, NC

Bill Starling

Synergy Venture Partners
San Francisco, CA

Todd Pope

CEO, TransEnterix
Morrisville, NC

Karl Murphy

Founder and CEO, Spiffy
Raleigh, NC

Mike Doernberg

CEO, ReverbNation
Raleigh, NC

Jenny Davids

Founder and CEO, Hen House Linens
Baltimore, MD

Lesley Stracks

Founder and CEO, Taste Carolina
Durham, NC

Laura Fenn

Founder and CEO, the Walking Classroom
Chapel Hill, NC

Sheila Neal

Founder, Neal’s Deli
Chapel Hill, NC

Matt Barber

Analyst, IDEA Fund Partners
Durham, NC

David Jones

Partner, Bull City Venture Partners
Durham, NC

Peter Meath

VP Square1Bank
Durham, NC

Tom Rose

CEO, Testive
Brookline, MA

David Hadden

CEO, ProPatient
Hillsborough, NC

Fred Stutzman

CEO, Freedom
Durham, NC

Albert Chu

CEO, Droparoo
Cary, NC

Jefferson Heard

Founder and CEO, TerraHub
Chapel Hill, NC

Jon Frangakis

Founder and CEO, Mira
New York, NY

Justin Beard

CEO, SnapYeti
Durham, NC

David Ogden

CEO, UserLite
Durham, NC