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UNC Kenan-Flagler MBAs Give Back With Local Nonprofit Boards

Written by Ellie Nave, MBA 2015 Mahatma Gandhi once said, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” This sentiment resonates at the core of Orange County Animal Services’ mission. As the premiere open-door animal intake and shelter facility in the area, OCAS provides a multitude of Animal Control services to Orange County, including State and County law enforcement for animal-related issues, low-cost rabies clinics and spay/neuter programs, and animal adoptions. OCAS also partners with other rescue organizations in the area to place as many animals as possible into loving, safe homes. Despite their wide breadth of services, OCAS maintains an efficient and effective organizational structure. I am currently Read More

Leadership Simulation Puts Principles Into Practice

As soon as the bright red digital clock in front of the room began ticking away the seconds, student teams in the Leadership Immersion sprang into action. They dove into the Magnetic Leadership Simulation, a day-long exercise that creates the pressures of a real-world management setting in the safety of a classroom. They took on the roles of managers brainstorming new business strategies, employees scrambling to meet deadlines, and customers demanding updates. The Kenan Center was transformed into a bustling corporate headquarters. The Leadership Immersion is truly a one-of-kind MBA course: UNC Kenan-Flagler is the only school to offer an entire module (mini-semester) for students to focus solely on developing as leaders. Most students don’t take other classes while in Read More

Global Business Project: Navigating Innovation & Culture in Brazil

Written by Bridget Brennan, MBA 2014 After months of preparation, it was tremendously exciting to finally be off to Brazil! All GBP teams launched the in-country portion of their projects by gathering in one city prior to dispersing to client locations. The Hub City Weekend for us brasileros was held in Porto Alegre, and graciously hosted by GBP partner university UNISINOS. Porto Alegre is in the south of Brazil, and though famous for its gaucho (cowboy) culture, is also home to many thriving businesses, including SAP and Grupo RBS, who were both GBP clients and Hub City sponsors. Compared to the beach-town vibe of Rio, which I visited prior to the project launch, and lively, expansive, and traffic-choked São Paulo, Read More

MBA Community Service Day: A Lesson in Community and Teamwork

Written by Lauren Braswell, MBA 2015 As I found myself with one foot in North America and another in the Pacific Ocean, I realized I was quite literally having a global experience that Saturday as an incoming MBA student at the UNC Kenan-Flagler School of Business. My fellow MBA students and I were in the Frank Porter Graham Elementary School courtyard hard at work painting a mural of the world. How on earth (pun intended) did we get here? Eager to begin the next phase of our lives as MBA students, many of my classmates and I chose to attend summer classes in preparation for the demanding courses slated for the fall. Along with the opportunity to begin forging friendships Read More

Passing Down Lessons from 2nd year to 1st Year MBAs

Written by Imran Aukhil, MBA 2014 I’ve learned a lot of lessons in my first year of business school at Kenan-Flagler. When I was asked to present some of those lessons in a speech to the incoming MBA class during their orientation, I had to think long and hard about which of those lessons were most valuable and impactful to my MBA experience thus far. I eventually realized that the lessons which helped me the most were broad and could be applied well after I graduate from the program. Below are the five points I shared with my classmates. Stay Calm. Starting your MBA is very exciting and will certainly open many doors for your career. At times this can Read More

An American Girl in Paris

Guest Blog Post by Laura Oslick (MBA 2012) There I was, walking into the airport with three huge suitcases stuffed to the brim with boots, sweaters, scarves, and skinny jeans.  I knew I was in for an adventure as I began my three month exchange program at ESSEC Business School in Paris, France.  What I didn’t know was how much fun I would have.  My only worry was making it through the first 24 hours coordinating with a driver and my landlord with a cell phone that didn’t work and zero knowledge of the French language.  With the help of some extremely helpful Parisians (they do exist), I made it to my cute flat in the heart of the Marais Read More

Finding Passion & Optimism in Mexico City

Guest Blog Post from Chau Mai, MBA Class of 2012 LIFE AT IPADE UNC Kenan-Flagler professors are well-known for their teaching skills and love for student learning, and they’d find like-minded souls at IPADE University in Mexico City.  I spent a week at IPADE, one of Mexico’s top business schools as part of the Doing Business In (DBI) program led by Patricia Collins.  The professors were top-notch in their teaching style and through a series of thought-provoking lectures, they had us sitting upright in our seats. They strode from one student to another, glided from the podium to the chalkboard, solicited student input and peppered their discussion with humor to make their points. It created an incredibly dynamic learning environment in Read More

Taking on a Global Challenge

From Guest Blogger, Genny King, MBA 2013 This past February, I traveled with my teammates, Peter Brinkerhoff, Emily Dorfman, and Sid Padgaonkar to Boston, MA to participate in the Hult Global Case Challenge. The mission of the Hult Global Case Challenge is to develop innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing social challenges and encourage breakthrough ideas from college and university students around the world. Our team was selected from a pool of more than 4,000 applications to participate in the competition. We participated with support from the MBA Program Office and Center for Sustainable Enterprise. The competition explores sustainable solutions in affordable housing, energy, and education for customers at the base of the pyramid. Each year, the Hult Global Read More

Celebrate the Diversity of Kenan-Flagler

Guest blog written by Daiki Shigihara (MBA 2013) You may be amazed when you see fellow classmates are spending their spring break in tens of different regions and countries. Some people are traveling in Europe or Asia, while others staying in the hometown far away from Chapel Hill. As for me, I am writing this at a place near a famous hot spring in Japan. I always want to know and share the background and experience with fellow students from different cultures. One of the International Business Association‘s missions is to enhance the culture and diversity learning in Kenan-Flagler, and the club has held a variety of cultural interaction events such as Latin Night where we danced, International Food Festival where we dined, Read More

What you won’t see on the news….but should!

Guest Blog from Professor Robert A. Connolly, Associate Professor of Finance Over the past several weeks, many of our faculty, staff and students have stepped forward to assist in meeting the request for children’s winter clothing and shoes made by some U.S. Army units in the eastern mountains of Afghanistan.  This is part of a larger effort mounted by myself and a few others around the country who are supporting these infantry and engineering companies (Task Force 1-2 IN).  These units specifically requested this sort of assistance from back home.  I received today the first photos from the distribution of this gear. In this particular case, the unit involved, soldiers in a platoon from B Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment Read More