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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

Promises to Myself & Tigers in Thailand

There truly is no other place like it in the world.  The grand oak trees lining the streets.  The bars.  The restaurants.  Nearly 300 friends that all live within a few miles of you.  Chapel Hill, North Carolina is a town I have loved to call ‘home’ for the past two years.  The thought of graduating already makes me want to reminisce, so the thought of leaving halfway through my second year to study abroad was quite a tough decision.  Before I started business school, I made myself a promise.  I promised myself I would stretch in new ways – I vowed to take elective courses in advanced finance, to run the annual Tar Heel Ten Miler road race, to Read More

Diversity Week Brings Diverse Students Together

UNC Kenan-Flagler recently held the annual Diversity Week, when we take time to recognize and celebrate our inclusive and diverse community.  Sponsored by more than six student clubs, the week challenges and inspires us to work together.  Here are some highlights from the week: The International Business Association sponsored a globetrotter night showcasing China and India, the two countries that have the highest representation of international students at KFBS.  We often sit in class and work in study groups together, and this night gave a chance for students to learn more about the Chinese and Indian cultures. The Ally Pledge – All week long, hundreds of students, faculty and staff (including Dean Dean!) pledged to support and stand up for 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