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Register today for Alumni Week 2021

Join UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School for a reimagined virtual Alumni Week March 29 to April 1. It will be a week like no other – connecting with fellow alumni and hearing the latest on faculty research, industry insights, career tips and School news from your home office or your couch.

During virtual Alumni Week you will:

  • Hear the latest UNC Kenan-Flagler news and updates from Dean Doug Shackelford (BSBA ’80).
  • Advance your career with leadership and professional development courses and one-on-one career coaching sessions.
  • Meet Eship Scholars who are navigating their unique journeys to becoming successful entrepreneurs.
  • Gain insights into the challenges of vaccine distribution and the work that UNC Kenan-Flagler faculty and alumni are doing to address them.
  • Learn how to make a good impression and build better relationships using behavioral science strategies.
  • Enjoy the company of classmates, alumni, faculty and students over coffee, happy hour, or bingo and trivia games.

Here are few highlights of Alumni Week:

Building a culture that scales up

Ahead of the unveiling of the annual Trends in Entrepreneurship Report at next month’s Frontiers in Entrepreneurship Conference, members of the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise and UNC Entrepreneurship Center will highlight one of the report’s focal areas: organizational culture.

Panelists Mike Barkley (MBA ’93), CEO at KIND Healthy Snacks, and DeLisa Alexander, former VP and CPO at Red Hat, will discuss the report findings and share their experiences establishing and sustaining successful organizational cultures. Sekou Bermiss, associate professor of strategy and entrepreneurship at UNC Kenan-Flagler, will moderate the conversation. Expect key takeaways from research and first-hand knowledge that can be applied to your company’s cultural reimagination.

Negotiating for women

UNC Kenan-Flagler’s 100 Women is hosting this session focused on negotiations for women., the panelists will discuss negotiating for new opportunities both in the workplace and on the home front. They will cover how to navigate conversations to leverage experience, advocate for others, and secure meaningful outcomes that yield the ever-elusive concept of balance.

Participants are:

  • Kim Brunson (BSBA ’83), financial consultant and retired partner, Deloitte Tax LLP
  • Stephanie Winans (MBA ’16), president, Point of Care & Consumer Health, The Wellness Network
  • Kevin Clark (BSBA ’99), head of talent transformation, marketing and communications, LinkedIn

Alison Fragale, associate professor of organizational behavior and Mary Farley Ames Lee Distinguished Scholar, UNC Kenan-Flagler, will moderate the discussion.

Building a case for the future

Join Dean Doug Shackelford and Steven D. Bell (BA ’67) for an exclusive look at the design for UNC Kenan-Flagler’s new building. Explore the reimagined campus, ask us your questions, and learn how your investment in our new building will allow UNC Kenan-Flagler to expand opportunities for more students and prepare leaders who spur economic growth.

Vaccines and healthcare in 2021

Brett Kenefick (BSBA ’96), president of VaxCare, and Brad Staats, faculty director for the UNC Center for the Business of Health and professor of operations, will discuss how challenges faced in vaccine distribution and adherence can help us better understand broader challenges and opportunities in U.S. healthcare – now in the time of COVID and going forward.

Addressing racism and assessing equity in business

This session will explore the latest research on the actions companies and leaders have taken to tackle systemic racism and issues of equity and inclusion in workplace culture and internal operations, strategic priorities and in their role as global citizens.

Participants are:

  • Stephanie Mahin, clinical assistant professor of management and corporate communication, and Olga Hawn, assistant professor of strategy and entrepreneurship, Sustainability Distinguished Fellow and faculty director of the Center for Sustainable Enterprise, will discuss “Beyond Corporate Statements in Support of Black Lives Matter.”
  • Allison Schlobohm, clinical assistant professor of management and corporate communication, and Carlexa Fevry (BSBA ’20, MBA’22), Kenan Scholar, will present “Assessing Organizational Equity: The Equity Audit.”
  • Angelica Leigh (PhD ’20), assistant professor of management and organizations at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, will discuss “#BlackEmployeesMatter: Workplace Impacts of Large Scale Diversity Related Societal Events.”

Kim Allen, Kenan Scholars program director, will moderate the event.

Click here to view the complete schedule and register today!

3.1.2021