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Inclusive Blue Virtual Leadership Weekend

February 18 – 20, 2022

We are excited to welcome prospective and admitted UNC Kenan-Flagler Full-Time MBA students to a week of programming rooted in our six core values: Excellence, Leadership, Integrity, Inclusion, Community, Teamwork. This is a valuable opportunity for you to meet future classmates and learn more about our UNC Kenan-Flagler community through panel discussions, presentations and mock classes. You are welcome to bring family members in your household to this engaging event.

Save the date:
February 18 – 20, 2022

We hope to hold Inclusive Blue Leadership Weekend in-person.
More details will be available soon.

Keynote Speaker, 2021 Conference: Stephanie Robertson, MBA ’03

Stephanie RobertsonStephanie joined P&G in 2003 and has worked on consumers most loved brands including Febreze, Herbal Essences Hair Care and now Olay Skin Care. Under her leadership, Olay launched the most successful skincare product of 2018, Olay Whips, and debuted an innovative and the inspiring Face Anything campaign, which celebrates fearless women who impact the world around them.

Stephanie was recognized by Drug Store News as a “Top Woman in Beauty, Wellness, and Health” in 2019. Stephanie is also a valued alumni advisor to UNC Kenan-Flagler, serving on the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee and the Next Generation Committee of our school’s Board of Advisors.

UNC Kenan-Flagler 2021 Inclusive Blue Virtual Leadership Week Agenda

Can’t attend every session? No problem. We invite you to participate in as many sessions as you are interested in or are able to attend.

We will provide closed captioning for all sessions.


Monday, February 15, 2021

7:00 p.m. - 7:10 p.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks
Doug Shackelford, Dean of UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School
Sarah Perez, Managing Director of MBA programs
7:10 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Keynote Address
Moderator: Matt Pirrello, MBA '21
Keynote Speaker: Stephanie Robertson (MBA '03), Director of American Skin Care (North), Procter & Gamble
8:05 p.m. - 8:45 p.m. Admitted and Enrolled Student Meet & Greet
Welcome, Class of 2023! Admitted and enrolled students are invited to this informal networking event to meet your future classmates and hear from current Full-Time MBA students about the UNC Kenan-Flagler experience.

Breakout room topics:
Clubs and Organizations: Ryan Fleer, MBA ’22
Before Classes Begin: Michael Zausmer, MBA ’22
Ask Us Anything: Zach Holloway, MBA ’22 and Niket Subhedar, MBA ’21
Summer Internships/Recruitment: Michael Juan, MBA ’21 and Brady Powell, MBA ’22
Academics: Francis De Groote, MBA ’21 and Nick Pianovich, MBA ‘22
Life in Chapel Hill: Jason Tsai, MBA ’21


Tuesday, February 16, 2021

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Interactive Mock Class: Resilient Leadership
Facilitator: Mike Christian, Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Dynamic Conversations Workshop
Facilitator: Kate Kryder, Associate Director of Full-Time MBA Admissions & Student Recruitment

Successful equity, diversity and inclusion efforts are essential for businesses worldwide. Join Kate Kryder in a workshop discussion about how you can create a safe space to discuss these important topics in your own organization.
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. STAR & Experiential Learning
Karin Cochran, MBA '99, Professor of the Practice and Executive Director of STAR

– Ritch Allison, BSBA '89, MBA '95, CEO of Domino's Pizza Inc.
– Sadhana Chunduri, MBA ’18, GlaxoSmithKline Executive & current STAR Corporate Partner
– Alex Dickey, BSBA '87, Consulting Curriculum Chair, Consulting Professor, STAR Faculty Advisor
– Tanyi Fuoching, MBA '18, Jansen Pharmaceutical Leadership Development Program Professional, Johnson & Johnson
– Peter Hare, Executive Coach, STAR Faculty Advisor, Healthcare Executive
– Julia Kruse, Director of STAR
– Stevie McNeal, MBA '87, Consulting and Healthcare Professor, STAR Faculty Advisor

Your Full-Time MBA experience extends well beyond the classroom thanks to our clubs and experiential learning opportunities, such as STAR – Student Teams Achieving Results. Hear more about how to get involved and build strong leadership skills while you pursue an MBA.


Wednesday, February 17, 2021

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Interactive Mock Class: Ethical Leadership
Facilitator: Sreedhari Desai, Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Building Your Professional Brand

Grace Athy, Graduate Career Coaching Intern
Rachel White, Associate Director of Career & Leadership

You will be asked to re-evaluate your professional brand through the lenses of authenticity, transparency and integrity. Questions grounded in how we represent our individuality, values and viewpoints will be woven into an interactive discussion centering on how we can move beyond being a good fit to a brand demonstrating how we are a culture add.


Thursday, February 18, 2021

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. DEI Corporate Panel
How companies are advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion through recruitment practices and workplace initiatives in the wake of a pandemic
Moderator: Melissa Werner, Senior Associate Director of Employer Engagement and Recruiting

– Catalina Lizarralde, Consulting Manager, Deloitte
– Samantha Warren, Manager, Inclusion and Diversity, GlaxoSmithKline
– Cherise Washington, Senior Brand Manager, Procter & Gamble
– Kelly Scott, Program Manager, Diversity Recruiting, Liberty Mutual

Panelists will discuss the future of diversity, equity and inclusion efforts at their organizations, and the future of DEI in business.

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Identity Signs Workshop
Anna McKeown Wessler, MBA Student Engagement Event Manager
Natalie Viernes, Assistant Director of MBA Admissions & Student Recruitment

We all have multiple identities influenced by our experiences, interests, and desires. This interactive workshop will explore your intersecting identities and how they may influence your leadership style.
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Interactive Mock Class: Inclusive Leadership
Facilitator: Elizabeth Dickinson, Clinical Associate Professor of Management and Corporate Communication


Friday, February 19, 2021

12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Welcome from the Full-Time Student Engagement Team
Katherine Britton, Program Assistant for MBA program
Jermisha Dodson, Associate Director of MBA Student Services
Anna McKeown Wessler, MBA Student Engagement Event Manager
Amanda Williams, Associate Director of MBA Dean's Fellows

Meet the UNC Kenan-Flagler Student Engagement Team who’ll support you throughout your time as a Full-Time MBA student. We encourage you to wear Carolina Blue!
An Introduction to Case Competitions
Brad Staats, Associate Dean of MBA programs, Professor of Operations and Faculty Director for the Center for the Business of Health
Neal Decroo, MBA '22
Anushree Godbole, MBA '22
Olivia Koziol, MBA '22
Shaw Reid, MBA '22

As a Full-Time MBA student, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in Case Competitions. Hear more about what to expect from this invaluable learning experience, and then get hands-on experience as you work with a team to analyze a business problem.


Saturday, February 20, 2021

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Kenan-Flagler Cares
Tom Cawley, Director of Advancement Services
Devin Fratarcangeli, Associate Director and Registrar, MBA program
Justin Herman, MBA ’05, Super Cooper’s Little Red Wagon Foundation
Christine Heubusch, MBA '22, MBA Community Service Communications Liaison
Anna McKeown Wessler, MBA Student Engagement Event Manager

Kenan-Flagler Cares creates opportunities for our community to offer skills and expertise in service to the public. By harnessing the talents and resources at UNC Kenan-Flagler, we develop meaningful strategies and partnerships to impact our local community, North Carolina and the world.
12:30 p.m. – Onward Virtual Day of Service (Optional)
Give back to your community! We invite you to volunteer with an organization of your choice this afternoon or this weekend.