UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School


Shaping leaders at UNC Kenan-Flagler


UNC Kenan-FlaglerJanuary could have been dubbed “Leadership Month” at UNC Kenan-Flagler.

MBA students were immersed in Leadership Day, and academics leaders from around the world attended the Curriculum Development for Leadership seminar.

And when Jeb Bush, former Florida governor gave the annual Weatherspoon Lecture to a full house on Feb. 27, he praised UNC Kenan-Flagler for its focus on leadership development. “It's smart for a business school to be focused on leadership,” he said. “All schools should be.”

Developing leaders is a year round focus for UNC Kenan-Flagler, which launched its Leadership Development initiative in 2005. Today the School is recognized as having the best and most comprehensive leadership development programs of any business school. The goal is to give students a competitive advantage when they graduate and prepare them for success throughout their careers.

And that’s why the MBA Program devotes an entire day to leadership every year.

“Leadership Day is our gift to our MBA students, intended as a day to break from their routine and learn from academics and successful executives,” said Mindy Storrie (EMBA ‘97), director of Leadership Development. Students heard from New York Times “Corner Office” columnist Adam Bryant and successful corporate leaders from such firms as Hershey, Eli Lilly and Duke Energy. They met with executive coaches and put theory into practice during interactive workshops and simulations.

UNC Kenan-Flagler“They ran the full circle around our continuous cycle of learning, in one day,” said Storrie. “Principles shared by the keynote, ‘Lessons of Experience’ and workshop speakers, and practice in the business simulations, including small group debriefs to hear feedback and reflect.”

UNC Kenan-Flagler could well be the only business school that requires a leadership credit for full-time MBA students. “Most importantly, we are dedicated to ensuring our students have a range of opportunities to learn the theory and practice of leadership in significant and lasting ways,” said Storrie.

Read about the Leadership Day speakers and the “Curriculum Development for Leadership” seminar hosted with AACSB.