One of my favorite things about Kenan-Flagler is the abundance of opportunities. I feel like all I have to do sometimes is open my mouth and tilt my head just a little bit and an opportunity will land right on my tongue. It’s rare for a day to go by without some interesting opportunity falling in my lap. Many of these are career-related, the type of opportunities that made me want to come back to school. But many of them aren’t, and they’re every bit as valuable.
Two weeks ago about 40 Kenan-Flagler students and students from 6 other top international business schools participated in an event called “GE Live”. The event was a question and answer session with Jeff Immelt moderated by Maria Bartiromo. The 40 of us sat in a classroom that was set up like a TV studio for the event and were periodically spliced into the live feed in that classic “MBA thoughtful” pose. Two of us got up to ask questions, which Jeff answered in real time.
Here’s a picture I snapped with my iPhone…apologies for the poor quality.
It’s not like I had a direct conversation with Jeff but it did feel like I was participating in something interesting and out of the ordinary. I’ve never been on live TV before, and even though I only made it into the broadcast very briefly, the prospect that at any moment I could show up on the screen was very strange. It definitely made me sit up straight. It also made me wonder whether I’ll ever be on CNBC talking about some new startup that I founded.
Kenan-Flagler just seems to be this place where neat things happen.