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Women's Workshop

UNC Kenan-Flagler Women's Weekend

November 5 – 7, 2020

This weekend experience is hosted by Full-Time MBA Admissions & Student Recruitment, Carolina Women in Business (CWIB) and Forté Fellows, and is part of the annual Carolina Women in Business Conference. Held November 5–7, 2020, this year’s event will be an engaging, virtual version of our traditional in-person weekend 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.

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

  • 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.
  • Optional activities to spark creativity, including a hand lettering course and guided meditation.
  • Networking events built for prospective students to connect with peers, current MBA students, and members of our admissions team.

Registration for Women’s Weekend is now closed.

UNC Kenan-Flagler Women’s Weekend Agenda

Thursday, November 5, 2020

7:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. Welcome to Women’s Weekend
Sarah Perez, Managing Director of MBA Programs
Hannah Dansie (MBA ’21), Carolina Women in Business Executive Vice President of Women’s Workshop
7:15 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. Keynote Address
Keynote Speaker: Janet Schalk, Executive Vice President and CIO at Direct Supply
Janet has served as Executive Vice President and CIO at Direct Supply since February 2019. Prior to joining Direct Supply, Janet worked primarily in the retail industry; she served as Chief Information Officer at Target Corporation, Kohl’s Corporation, and Hudson’s Bay Corporation. With a passion for developing talent, she has been instrumental in launching and expanding campus recruiting programs for technology teams. She is a past Board member for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Milwaukee, and of Second Harvest Heartland in Minnesota. She has served as a judge for a hackathon sponsored by Code Nation, a non-profit organization which provides high school students with opportunities to build technology skills. Janet holds a B.A. in Mathematics and Economics from Northwestern University, and an MBA with emphasis on Finance from the University of Chicago.
7:45 p.m. – 7:50 p.m. Transition
7:50 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Networking Breakout Sessions
Join current MBA students and UNC Kenan-Flagler alumni for our networking breakout sessions. Each breakout room will be hosted by a student and alumni representative using the interactive platform Gatherly. During these sessions you will have the opportunity to ask questions and informally discuss topics such as: Understanding the value of an MBA, leadership, why UNC Kenan-Flagler, life in Chapel Hill and more.

  • MBA Admissions: Kate Kryder & Dale Ziobro (MBA ’21)
  • Career Recruiting: Eliza Quanbeck (MBA ’22) & Lauren Valdez (MBA ’21)
  • Career Switchers: Tara Flickinger (MBA ’11) & Ella Lee (MBA ’22)
  • Life in Chapel Hill: Laura Oslick (MBA ’12) & Lizzy Pellicane (MBA ’22)
  • Why Kenan-Flagler: Amanda Rabideau (MBA ’11) & Evanne Timberlake (MBA ’22)
  • Why an MBA: Neha Jain (MBA ’13) & Kirsten Royster (MBA ’22)
  • Academics: Sara Ryan (MBA ’17) & Dani Cutts (MBA ’22)
  • Experiential Learning: Stephanie Chak (MBA ’21) & Sue Sue Drennen (MBA ’21)
  • Student Life: Lindsey Riddell (MBA ’21) & Catherine Perseghin (MBA ’22)
  • Life as a First Year MBA: Sammi Lawrence (MBA ’22) & Kristen Koepsell (MBA ’22)
  • Dual Degrees: Rohini Rajgopal (MBA ’22)

Friday, November 6, 2020

Carolina Women in Business Conference: 2020 Vision
9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

As leaders we must look ahead and define a vision for our organizations, we must look to the past and learn from what we see in hindsight, and we must look around us to inspire and be inspired. This year’s conference theme, 2020 Vision, will bring us together as women and allies in business to examine how we bring these pieces together. We will hear how successful leaders balance the past, present and future, and we will learn to sharpen our own vision and chart a course ahead.

Saturday, November 7, 2020

9:30 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.. Welcome to Women’s Workshop
Sarah Perez, Managing Director of MBA Programs
Doug Shackelford, Dean of UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School
9:40 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Carolina Women in Business
Presenter: Becca Jordan Wright (MBA ’21), Carolina Women in Business President

Keynote Speaker: Whitnie Low Narcisse (MBA ’16), Vice President at First Round Capital
Whitnie is the Vice President at First Round, a top venture capital firm focused on finding and supporting top tech startups. Some of their earliest investments include Uber, Warby Parker, and TaskRabbit, to name a few. With past experience in executive search and in-house talent acquisition, Whitnie now leads the post-investment team of recruiters, community managers, engineers, and network builders at First Round. She holds a BS and BA from Boston College and MBA from UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School.

10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Leading with Purpose
Kara Cupoli, Full-Time MBA Program Director
Stephanie Graham (MBA ’17), Technology Strategic Finance, Uber
Charlie Burnett (MBA ’19), Banker, JP Morgan
Mariana Thomas (MBA ‘ 19), Associate Marketing Manager, PepsiCo
Kerry Rigley (MBA ’15), Senior Director, Advisory Services, Marriott International

How are today’s leaders taking big ideas to the frontlines to unlock opportunities in their companies, communities and across the world? From building meaningful businesses to empowering the next generation of female leaders, leaders who are pioneering new possibilities in their fields share solutions for aligning goals with purpose and building a better tomorrow. In this discussion, established UNC Alumni leaders will share their greatest leadership lessons, experiences, and perspectives.

11:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Wellness Break: Guided Meditation
Join Kate Kryder, Registered Yoga Instructor and Associate Director of MBA Admissions, to take a few moments and reflect on the morning sessions with a guided meditation. Kate will help you explore the idea of leading with purpose and recharge you for the afternoon.
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 100 Women movement at UNC Kenan-Flagler: Women supporting women
Lennon Cianciulli (UNC ’11, MBA ’20), Director of Development
Beth Struckell (MBA ’82), Co-Founder, 100 Women movement
Kit Bredrup (UNC ’89, MBA ’93), Co-Founder, 100 Women movement
Sherry Wallace (UNC ’82, MBA ’87), Co-Founder, 100 Women movement & Executive Director of Engagement and Inclusion

Hear from the 100 Women co-founders about the conversation that sparked the movement, and how it’s harnessing the network power of 12,000 UNC business alumnae to attract prospective women MBA students and mentor them throughout their journey to becoming strong, ambitious, and collaborative female leaders.
12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lunch Break
Take 30-minutes to make lunch, check an email or two, stretch, and then rejoin us for the next session, “Be Your Own Super Hero.”
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m Be Your Own Super Hero
Kate Kryder, Associate Director of Full-Time MBA Admissions & Student Recruitment
Jill Toner (MBA ’22)
Evanne Timberlake (MBA ’22)
Lizzy Pellicane (MBA ’22)
Sarah Muneton (MBA ’22)
Jami Murray (MBA ’22)
Gabriella Kostrzewa (MBA ’22)
Sue Sue Drennen (MBA ’21)
Rohini Rajgopal (MBA ’22)
Marcella Dalrymple (MBA ’21),
Brittain Hughes (MBA ’22)

The obstacles that stand in the way of achieving success, and how to overcome them. This interactive session will focus on the importance of being your authentic self during the MBA application process and in your everyday life. Attendees will be divided up into small breakout rooms with staff and current students.

1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Happy Hand Lettering: What’s Your Super Power?
Maghon Taylor (UNC ’08) and owner of All She Wrote Notes will be leading this fun and creative session. You will choose your power word and learn some hand lettering techniques from Maghon to make it your own!
2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Partnering with CWIB, Consortium, Forte, ROMBA, & Veterans
Lauren Valdez (MBA ’21)
Lauren Eustace (MBA ’22)
Samantha McIntyre (MBA ’22)
Daisy Nguyen-Le (MBA ’22)
Laura Chaath (MBA ’21)
Lizzy Pellicane (MBA ’22)
Jasmine Terry (MBA ’21)

Members of the CWIB E-Board will share their experience being a member within Forte, Consortium, ROMBA, and Veterans Association to empower women at Kenan-Flagler. Learn how they are using that mindset to blaze new trails, explore new frontiers and reinvent the future for future female business leaders.

3:15 p.m. – 3:20 p.m. Closing Remarks
Sarah Perez, Managing Director of MBA programs
3:20 p.m. – 3:25 p.m. Transition
3:25 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Optional Networking Event
Je’nique Harewood (MBA ’21)
Lindsey Riddell (MBA ’21)
Lauren Valdez (MBA ’21)
Emily White (MBA ’22)
Crystal Collins (MBA ’22)

Join members of UNC Kenan-Flagler Full-Time MBA Admissions, CWIB, and other Women’s Weekend attendees at this casual chat to close an exciting weekend!