Not pictured: Nathan Andrews, Scott Jones, Quinton Maynard, John Murchison, Allison Phillips
Cristina Buckfelder, Adele McLean, Cesar Elizondo, Anna Wilds, Tara Flickinger, Mark Scullion (Emeritus Member), Candice Brown, Carrie Johnstone, Steve Wolf, Reed Loughrey
Rodgers Harshbarger, John Ellis, Jim Low, Ken Epps, James La Vela, Darius Davis, Jack Evans, Steve Kass, Battle Moore (Emeritus Member), Render Dahiya
A letter from Darius Davis, Alumni Council Chair
The November 2013 meeting of the UNC Kenan-Flagler Alumni Council with a welcome to all members and thanks to those who were able to attend the Alumni Awards dinner the prior evening. Then, new Council members, Cristina Buckfelder (BSBA ’08) of Charlotte, Candice Brown (AB ’98, JD ’01, MBA ’13) of Winston-Salem and John Ellis (MAC ‘04) of New York City were introduced and each gave a brief summary of their backgrounds.
The first topic for discussion was UNC Kenan-Flagler’s relationship with the corporate community, led by Shannon McKeen, executive director of global corporate relations. Shannon began by giving a brief summary of his background and an overview of the current strategy and approach of his office. Shannon reports directly to the Dean and works with the UNC Kenan-Flagler office of Advancement, the MBA Career Management Center, Undergraduate Business program, the Executive MBA (EMBA) and MBA@UNC programs, and Executive Development.
Shannon led us through the five phases of activity in his area – Awareness, Involvement, Support, Sponsorship and Strategic Partnership; and explained that corporate benefits fall in three areas:
- Human Capital Management (Recruiting, Executive Development, EMBA or MBA@UNC);
- Knowledge Exchange (Faculty Research, Publications, Student Projects); and,
- Corporate Social Responsibility (Philanthropy, Immersion Support, Board Service).
We then discussed Kenan-Flagler efforts with Global Business Projects (GBP) and the STAR program – which are key initiatives to engage our corporate partners. Here are the links to both for review:
Interim Dean Jack Evans then joined us for lunch and afterwards shared an update on the Dean’s Search and other recent events at the School.
During the afternoon session, Michael Schinelli, Chief Marketing Officer of Kenan-Flagler joined us. The Council had requested that Michael return after his presentation in May, to discuss our branding philosophy in more basic terms. Namely, what does the School want to be known for?
The discussion with Michael centered around Kenan-Flagler’s leadership curriculum and its unique approach - emphasizing self awareness, where our graduates perform very well in teams, and produce results, but who can also motivate others to think forward in their organizations. The GBP and STAR programs are great examples of this type of leadership in action.
Michael then answered questions and showed the Council the digital version of the fall 2013 edition of UNC Business magazine, along with our new MBA app and the digital version of ROI (the School’s publication focused on faculty research).
As always, the Alumni Council welcomes any input from fellow alums on topics of interest for future discussion.
Darius L. Davis (MBA ’94)
Alumni Council Chair 2013/2014
Previous Alumni Council Articles:
Alumni Council Meeting – May 2013
Alumni Council Meeting – November 2012
Alumni Council Meeting – May 2012
Alumni Council Meeting – November 2011
Alumni Council Meeting – May 2011
Alumni Council Meeting – November 2010
Alumni Council Meeting – May 2010
Alumni Council Meeting – November 2009
Alumni Council Meeting – May 2009
Alumni Council Meeting – November 2008
Alumni Council Meeting – May 2008
Alumni Council Meeting – October 2007
Alumni Council Meeting – May 2007
Alumni Council Inaugural Meeting – November 2006
UNC Kenan-Flagler Alumni Council Announced