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Exclusive Access to UNC Kenan-Flagler’s World-Class Leadership Program

Shaping Leaders. Principles. Practice. Feedback. Reflection.

The Luther H. Hodges Leadership Center combines the best academic research and business practices to offer world-class leadership development for UNC Kenan-Flagler students.

The center’s offerings help you develop the skills and competencies employers are looking for and better prepares you for your business career. Our learning model is simple: PRINCIPLES, PRACTICE, FEEDBACK and REFLECTION. Through our offerings inside and outside the classroom, you are exposed to leadership principles and then are given the opportunity to practice leadership in meaningful, real-world situations and simulations. You receive feedback on your performance, reflect on and learn from that feedback, and then repeat the cycle. UNC Kenan-Flagler is the only business school that offers such an integrated and comprehensive program to students.

Principles: Our activities combine the best of leadership theory and real-world results.

Practice: We offer multiple opportunities to apply and practice the principles taught in the classroom through hands-on, real-life challenges.

Feedback: You will develop a leadership action plan that includes self-assessment and goal-setting. To support it, we provide structured, constructive feedback.

Reflection: To capitalize on that feedback, we provide safe ways to learn from your experiences and better prepare you to compete in the marketplace.

By taking full advantage of the center’s leadership activities, you will greatly enhance your leadership capabilities and be better prepared to succeed throughout your career.


Shimul Melwani

Foundations of Leadership: Discovering Your Strengths – Shimul Melwani

You will learn about strengths-based leadership development with Professor Shimul Melwani. You will learn to uncover your strengths and maximize your potential for overall success during academic journey as well as your future career path.  Read this profile of Professor Melwani.

Examples of topics and readings

Developing Strong Character: Discovering your Strengths
Reading: how to play to your strengths

Envisioning Strong Values: Discovering you Values
Reading: Make your values mean something

Building a Strong Mind: Energy and Resilience
Reading: Dangers of a 70-hour work week
Reading: Working at Amazon

Building a Positive Identity: Finding meaning
Reading: Sheryl Sandberg, An Inside View of Facebook

Building Strong Relationships I
Guest Speaker: Tim Flood

Building Positive Relationships
Reading: Building high-quality connections at high-speed
Case discussion: Kristen Peters

Leadership I: A model of leadership

Reading: The five practices of exemplary leadership

Leadership II: Giving (and Receiving Feedback)
Reading: Try feedforward instead of feedback
Reading: Ideal Praise to Criticism Ratio
Pitch Party Exercise

Leadership III: Ethical Leadership
Reading: Ethical breakdowns

Chip SnivelyChip Snively, Senior Lecturer of Finance

Professor Chip Snively helps you connect academic paths and potential career options. You’ll integrate dimensions of career development, communication and teamwork skills, and leadership development. Read this profile of professor Snively.

Introduction to Careers in Business

The course is designed to introduce select undergraduate business students to the connection between academic paths in the Undergraduate Business Program and potential career options. They will also integrate certain dimensions of career development, communication and teamwork skills, and leadership development.

Professional Development: Career Strategy
Professional Development: Mastering the Art of Networking
Academic Exploration: Introduction to Consulting
Professional Development: Career Coaches/Mentors
Academic Exploration: Entrepreneurship
Academic Exploration: Operations
Academic Exploration: Marketing
Academic Exploration: Accounting
Academic Exploration: Finance
Professional Development: Intro to International Business
Professional Development: Student Panel Discussion
Professional Development: Introduction to Casing
Professional Development: Student Panel Discussion
Professional Development: Case Introduction
Professional Development: Case Competition
Networking Dry-Run
Employer Engagement Sessions
Networking Feedback Session

Leadership Coaches

Farad AliFarad Ali

Ali Farad is president and chief executive officer of The Institute of Minority Economic Development and has more than 27 years as an entrepreneur, business executive, corporate banking officer, consultant, community volunteer and elected official. Farad’s passion is developing and implementing strategies that improve the utilizations of diverse businesses. He is chair of the Airport Minority Council, a national organization dedicated to the promotion and participation of minority-owned, women-owned and disadvantaged business enterprises in airport contracting. Farad also provides executive coaching in the full-time MBA Program. He received his undergraduate business degree from UNC and his MBA from Campbell University in 1992. He also completed post graduate studies in emerging business markets at Dartmouth College. Farad served as a Durham City Councilman from 2007 until 2011.

Katherine GillilandKatherine Gilliland

Katherine Gilliland is a business and executive coach with more than 16 years of experience as a coach, change management consultant and human resources executive and is providing executive coaching in the full-time MBA Program. Katherine’s main clientele include people who are preparing for, or who have recently started in a new position, company or work situation. In the course of her career, she worked with Accenture (then Andersen Consulting) – first as a computer programmer and then as a change management consultant. She continued her change management consulting with The Structure Group. In these roles, she worked for a variety of clients in the consumer products, financial and utilities industries, integrating strategic and technology-driven change. Katherine graduated from UNC with a double major in English and psychology and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She received her coaching training from North Carolina State University.

Peter HarePeter K. Hare

Peter provides executive coaching for the full-time MBA Program. He is a senior pharmaceutical and pharmaceutical service executive with extensive global experience building and leading commercial and R&D based businesses. Currently, Peter serves as the senior vice president and managing director for Customer Solutions Business at Quintiles Inc. There, he leads the strategic partnership and new business of key accounts across the clinical, commercial, consulting and capital businesses. Peter also spent more than 30 years at GlaxoSmithKline, where he built and led a new business unit dedicated to commercialization of biopharmaceuticals. Peter earned his BS in Zoology/Animal Biology from Durham University in the United Kingdom and was an Honorary Scholar at Duke University.

Tracy JenkinsTracy Jenkins

Tracy provides executive coaching for the full-time MBA Program and is a certified  professional career and academic coach. In her work, she has generated instruction for first year college students to facilitate student degree and career exploration in an introduction to University Education course. She has also guided students in the process of identifying individual goals and steps to reaching goals, while working with students to identify and overcome obstacles that may impede academic success. Tracy gets great satisfaction from helping students gain insight into their strengths and how these are applicable to their academic experiences and future careers. Tracy earned her bachelor of teaching of biology from the University of Illinois and doctor of educational research and policy analysis from North Carolina State University. She because a certified professional coach from the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching.

Susan KingSusan King

Susan is a certified professional coach and Energy Leadership tm Master Practitioner with more than 25 years of experience working with corporate leaders, teams and individuals. She provides executive coaching to the MBA Program. Susan considers herself a lifelong student of personal and professional growth and is passionate about the positive impact that focus, perspective and conscious choices can have in every area of life. Prior to becoming a professional, personal and leadership development coach, Susan’s experience included consulting and leadership roles at companies such as Cisco Systems, GlaxoSmithKline, Broadreach Consulting, Progress Energy, Marathon Oil Company and Medic Computer Systems. She earned her MBA through UNC Kenan-Flagler’s executive program and obtained a master certificate in Six Sigma from Villanova University. She earned a bachelor of business administration from the University of Toledo. Susan is a competitive tennis player.

Jennifer PaylorJennifer Paylor

Jennifer is the current leader of the IBM Global Coaching Community of Practice, which has more than 400 members  worldwide. She is responsible for delivering internal coaching to IBM leaders and also serves as a social business coach for IBM executives. She has designed and implemented many coaching programs to address various business goals. Jennifer also provides executive coaching to the MBA Program. Jennifer started her career at IBM in 1997 as a software developer for the IBM PC group. Later she spent 10 years in IBM’s retail store solution’s business performing manufacturing test process engineering and then transitioned to the business transformation outsourcing unit to support IBM’s external clients. Jennifer received her business coach training and BA in Leadership from North Carolina State University. She also has a background in engineering studies. She is the vice chair for Recity Network, a nonprofit helping to rewrite the story for the 4,000 disadvantaged youth in Durham, N.C.,

Steve PearsonSteven Pearson

Steven is a senior leader at IBM, serving as the public face of the company to advance corporate thought leadership by strengthening IBM’s community relations, government relations, media relations and public perception of IBM. Steven designs, plans and executes strategic initiatives which elevate IBM’s profile as a leading corporate citizen. Steven was recently deployed to Angola for 30 days to work on an IBM service project for the Ministry of Health of Angola, who is faced with the challenge of creating a sustainable health care system for the country. His team made strategic recommendations to establish a more effective funding model of public hospitals and recommended ideas to decrease inefficiencies in the hospital system. He also provides executive coaching to the MBA Program. Steven earned his BS in business administration with a concentration in management information systems and finance from Northeastern University. He also holds a Duke University executive certificate in nonprofit leadership.

Student Video: Craig Amasya (BSBA ‘17)

UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School Assured Admit student, Craig Amasya, explains how the undergraduate program has launched his career path.