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Powerful Firsthand Experiences in Mombasa

Rawlins Parker, MBA 2012 The fourth in a series of  reflections on UNC Kenan-Flagler’s Sustainability Immersion, our capstone experiential learning course where graduating MBAs work to solve real-world business challenges in Eastern North Carolina and East Africa. Over the last two weeks, I had the opportunity to visit Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and Mombasa, Kenya with one of UNC Kenan-Flagler’s capstone programs, the Sustainability Immersion. The purpose of the trip was not only to learn about and experience business in different cultures, but also to help local, socially-minded organizations fulfill their missions by putting our business school skill set to work. One of the organizations near Mombasa, Kenya that we had the privilege of working with was Yehu Microfinance Trust, a microfinance organization Read More

2012 Sustainability Immersion Insights: Wise Words from Africa

By Anna Diehl, MBA 2012 The third in a series of  reflections on UNC Kenan-Flagler’s Sustainability Immersion, our capstone experiential learning course where graduating MBAs work to solve real-world business challenges in Eastern North Carolina and East Africa. In a few short weeks, I will be sitting at my new desk at General Mills using my newly minted MBA brain to make decisions, solve problems, and drive results. Although the majority of “MBA brain mass” was developed over the previous seven quarters, the Sustainability Immersion brought to life many principles that extend beyond theories and formulas and prepared me to continue to enable change in the “real world.” Here are a couple lessons that stood out: Approach life with childlike inquiry. As Read More

2011-12 CSE Year in Review – Our Most Impactful Year Yet

During the 2011-12 academic year the Center for Sustainable Enterprise (CSE) had one of our most successful years yet creating leaders for the world we envision using business as an engine for global social and environmental change. Thanks to our partners across campus around the world, CSE provided students, executives, and organizations with the practice, education and knowledge necessary to drive innovation in sustainable enterprise. Highlights include: The “Beyond Grey Pinstripes” report recognized UNC Kenan-Flagler as No. 9 globally for integrating social, ethical and environmental stewardship into our MBA Program. This ranking is public recognition of the important work of our Center for Sustainable Enterprise (CSE), which is integral to the work of the School, and recognizes our leadership in Read More

Sustainability Immersion Team Shows How an MBA Can Change the World

A team from UNC Kenan-Flagler earned second place in the Global Business School Network’s 2012 MBA Challenge Video Contest.

Annie Evans (MBA ’11) and Parker Wilson (MBA ’11) with women of the Kilisa Village Development Community
Annie and Parker with women of the Kilisa Village Development Community

Invited to demonstrate how their MBA experience is making a positive impact on the developing world, UNC students documented their multiple sustainability-focused projects in Eastern Africa.

Annie Evans (MBA ’11) and Parker Wilson (MBA ’11) showcased their experience as part of the 2011 Sustainability Immersion course, UNC Kenan-Flagler’s capstone experiential learning course where students address real world business challenges in Eastern North Carolina and East Africa.

2012 Sustainability Immersion Insights: Selam Children’s Village Becoming Self-Sustaining

By Allison Tarr, MBA 2012 The second in a series of  reflections on UNC Kenan-Flagler’s Sustainability Immersion, our capstone experiential learning course where graduating MBAs work to solve real-world business challenges in Eastern North Carolina and East Africa. Selam Children’s Village is a unique and special program in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia that has taken philanthropy and the idea of helping others towards a more self-sustaining model.  Myself and three other colleagues visited the Village on the first day of their annual “Bazaar”—a weekend where they showcase the training of the students in an outdoor celebration of food and festivities.  When we entered the gates that morning, I immediately was shocked by this gem of a community.  The Village is focused on educating Ethiopian Read More

2012 Sustainability Immersion Insights: The TO.MO.CA Coffee Experience in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

By Brian Westlander, MBA 2012 The first in a series of  reflections on UNC Kenan-Flagler’s Sustainability Immersion, our capstone experiential learning course where graduating MBAs work to solve real-world business challenges in Eastern North Carolina and East Africa. The smell of roasting coffee beans virtually assaults you when you enter the front door of TO.MO.CA (Tomoca) Coffee. The first sniff is almost overpowering, but each subsequent one pulls you in a bit more gently. I love coffee: the smell, the taste, the warm cup early in the morning, and of course, the caffeine. I seemed to get my morning “fix” just from the aroma inside the café. Besides the ubiquitous Kaldi’s Coffee cafés, a Starbucks knock-off, Tomoca may be the most Read More

Carolina Recognized as “Green College” by Princeton Review

From UNC’s Sustainability blog “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2012 Edition” recognizes Carolina as a national leader in campus sustainability. This free downloadable guide, published in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), highlights colleges that scored at least 83 on its 99 point scale. Carolina’s Green Rating of 95 recognizes investments in high performance infrastructure, moving towards climate neutrality, and engaging students in green initiatives. Sixteen schools made the Green Rating Honor Roll by attaining perfect scores. Click here to read the full story