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Women's Workshop

UNC Kenan-Flagler Women's Workshop

November 15 – 19, 2021

This virtual experience is hosted by Full-Time MBA Admissions & Student Recruitment in partnership with Carolina Women in Business (CWIB) and the 100 Women movement. This event is an engaging, online version of our traditional in-person event to provide prospective Full-Time MBA students the opportunity to network with each other and learn more about the incredible community, support and resources for women at UNC Kenan-Flagler.

Prospective MBA students are also invited to register for the 2021 Carolina Women in Business annual conference hosted in Chapel Hill. Learn more.

What to expect at UNC Kenan-Flagler Women’s Workshop:

  • You will build personal connections with CWIB members in small group sessions and interactive events, and learn why they chose UNC Kenan-Flagler.
  • Get insight into our values-driven culture and the resources you’ll tap into as you pursue your MBA, including our 100 Women movement.
  • Expert presenters will lead discussions on overcoming personal and professional obstacles, and how women can empower each other to lead with purpose.
  • Networking events built for prospective students to connect with peers, current MBA students, and members of our admissions team.


Registration for Women’s Workshop will close on Monday, November 8 at 11:59 p.m. EST

2021 Keynote Speaker
Phaedra Boinodiris (MBA ’08)

Phaedra Boinodiris (MBA '08)Phaedra Boinodiris is the business transformation leader for IBM’s Responsible AI consulting group and serves on the leadership team of IBM’s Academy of Technology. She is also the co-founder of, a popular women’s gaming portal. There, she subsequently started the first scholarship for women to pursue degrees in game design and development in the United States. Currently, Phaedra is pursuing her Ph.D. in AI and Ethics at University College Dublin’s Smart Lab. In 2013, Phaedra was awarded the Outstanding Young Alumni Award from UNC Kenan-Flagler.

Women's Workshop 2021 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. All times are in EST.

Monday, November 15

7:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. Welcome to Women's Workshop
Dave Hofmann, Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
Danielle Richie, Senior Associate Director of Full-Time MBA Admissions & Student Recruitment
7:15 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Keynote Address – +10 Health: Gaming, AI, Ethics – a UNC Journey
Introduction: Gabriella Kostrzewa (MBA ‘22), Carolina Women in Business President
Keynote Speaker: Phaedra Boinodiris (MBA ‘08), Trust in AI Business Transformation Leader at IBM
8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Kickoff with Carolina Women in Business

Tuesday, November 16

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Enterprising Women

Hear from Full-Time MBA students and alumni who have successfully leveraged their MBA experience to thrive as an entrepreneur. Panelists will share important lessons learned as they started up their businesses as well as reflect on the benefits of a Full-Time MBA to find success.
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Investing in the Success of Women at Work
Moderator: Sandra Chandler, Associate Director of Employer Engagement & Recruiting

Explore how companies are investing in the success of women in the workplace, and how these initiatives are creating a more equitable and inclusive corporate culture. An increasing number of employers are implementing new programs, growing resources, and ensuring women have access to leadership development as they progress in their careers.

Wednesday, November 17

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Women of Color Roundtable
Moderator: Kelsie Carter (MBA ‘22), Co-President of Black Business Student Association

Guest speakers will share their experiences navigating careers in business as women of color and discuss the importance of advocacy, mentorship and allyship in the workplace.
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Partnering with CWIB, Consortium, Forte, ROMBA, & Veterans
Moderator: Gabriella Ferrari (MBA '22), The Consortium at UNC President

Current students will share their experience as members of CWIB, The Forté Foundation, The Consortium, Reaching Out MBA (ROMBA), and Veterans Association to empower women at UNC Kenan-Flagler. Learn how they are maximizing their MBA experience through involvement with these organizations and blazing new trails as leaders in the UNC Kenan-Flagler community.
8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Networking Breakout Sessions
Join current MBA students and UNC Kenan-Flagler alumni for our networking breakout sessions to informally ask questions and learn more about our Full-Time MBA program. Each breakout room will be hosted by a student or alumni representative and organized by topic:

  • Career Recruiting
  • Why an MBA
  • Academics
  • Experiential Learning
  • Life as an MBA student

Thursday, November 18

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 100 Women Movement at UNC Kenan-Flagler: Women Supporting Women
Moderator: Sherry Wallace (UNC ’82, MBA ’87), Co- Founder 100 Women Movement and Executive Director of Engagement and Inclusion
Beth Struckell (MBA ’82), Co-Founder 100 Women Movement
Kit Bredrup (UNC ’89, MBA ’93), Co-Founder 100 Women Movement

Hear from the co-founders of the 100 Women Movement about the conversation that sparked it and where it is today. This initiative harnesses the network power of 12,000+ UNC Kenan-Flagler alumni to attract prospective women MBA students and mentor them throughout their journey to becoming strong, ambitious, and collaborative female leaders.
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Alumni Panel: The Return on Investment of a UNC Kenan-Flagler MBA
Moderator: Tammy Samuels, Executive Director of Career and Leadership for MBA and Alumni 

Choosing to pursue an MBA is a decision to invest in your future. At UNC Kenan-Flagler, you will find a supportive community of women and allies, and have access to a wealth of resources as you prepare for the next step in your career. Hear from recent alumnae as they reflect on the value of an MBA, the networks that had an impact on their MBA journey and how they continue to utilize these connections today.
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Gender Wage Advocacy and Salary Negotiation Skills Workshop
Facilitator: Alison Fragale, Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior and Mary Farley Ames Lee Distinguished Scholar

The bad news: An overwhelming body of evidence suggests that, relative to men, women are disadvantaged at every stage of the negotiation process. This is one explanation for the persistent salary gap between men and women.
The good news: None of these disadvantages are rooted in biology or personality. Women can negotiate as effectively as men, they just need to employ different strategies. In this workshop, Alison Fragale discusses the science of gender at the bargaining table – the false assumptions women make about advocating for themselves, and research-based strategies for correcting these assumptions and being a confident advocate for one’s self interest.

Friday, November 19

9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. MBA Admissions Information Session
Presenter: Rickita Worrell, Associate Director of Full-Time MBA Admissions & Student Recruitment

Get an inside look into our Full-Time MBA program. You will learn more about our curriculum and admissions process, discover the ROI of an MBA, and have opportunities to ask questions about the program.
9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Application Interview Workshop: Mock Interviews
Lica Hertz, Assistant Director of Full-Time MBA Admissions & Student Recruitment 
Danielle Richie, Senior Associate Director of Full-Time MBA Admissions & Student Recruitment
Rickita Worrell, Associate Director of Full-Time MBA Admissions & Student Recruitment 

This interactive session will provide you with a general overview of how to ace your MBA admissions interview. Join a small group session with an admissions officer to practice common interview questions in a safe, risk-free environment. Our admissions staff will provide feedback and tips so that you can feel confident ahead of your admissions interview.
10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Closing Remarks
Presenter: Sarah Perez, Managing Director, MBA programs



Registration for Women's Workshop will close on Monday, November 8 at 11:59 p.m. EST

2021 Carolina Women in Business Conference: Stronger Together

Friday, November 12, 2021 | 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m ET
UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, Koury Auditorium

Prospective students are also invited to attend the 2021 Carolina Women in Business (CWIB) annual conference hosted in Chapel Hill to learn more about our supportive community of women at UNC Kenan-Flagler. You’ll have the opportunity to network with other prospective students as well as CWIB members during interactive sessions and a post-event happy hour.