Friday, February 10

9:30 AM-10:00 AM


10:00 AM-11:00 AM



Hari Vijay

Kenan Scholar Class of 2023

Opening Remarks (10:10am-10:20am)


Peter Coclanis

Director, UNC Global Research Institute

Keynote: ESG Regulations & Risks: Why It Will Matter (10:20am-11:00am)


Sherrod Crum

Kenan Scholar Class of 2023

Amy S. Matsuo

Principal and National Lead, KPMG in the U.S
11:00 AM-11:15 AM


11:15 AM-12:15 PM

Breakout Sessions

Corporate Responsibility for the Global Environment

In this session, we will explore how stakeholder capitalism and value-based investing supports the environment and how the world is working to meet the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Environmental concerns include those surrounding carbon emissions and  carbon footprints, material and water sourcing along with land use, waste from operations, including e-waste, and product lifecycle, among others.

The session will begin with an overview to establish a baseline understanding of the environment’s role in sustainability and driving long-term value for industry and communities.  The moderator will then lead a panel discussion that will explore ways environmental consciousness undergirds business operations in the contemporary period.


Max Morant

Kenan Scholar, Class of 2023

Mark Little

Executive Director, NCGrowth

Gregg Margosian

Chief Operating Officer, Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions

Governing Responsibly in Today’s Business World

In this session, we will explore how issues of governance might serve as a litmus test for potential investors. Such issues include how organizations organize its executives, their pay structure, shareholder rights, auditing, and internal financial controls.

Attendees will hear from industry leaders about how their organizations manage and ensure good corporate behavior and executive practices, board diversity, and financial transparency.


Darien Kenner

Kenan Scholar Class of 2023

Michael Ayer

ESG Equity Research Analyst, Brown Advisory

Steve May

Associate Professor in the Department of Communication, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Business as an Engine of Social Impact

In this session, we will broadly explore how organizations manage relationships with its employees, shareholders, clients, partners, and the communities they operate in. Issues that arise involve labor management, onboarding practices, safety regulations, and supply chain transparency. Social factors can also include welfare and wellness issues like nutrition and health, healthcare, communications, and education.

Attendees will hear from industry leaders about their experience and perspectives managing these challenges and opportunities.


Gabriela Goodman

Kenan Scholar Class of 2023

Esha Parikh

Kenan Scholar Class of 2023

Chris Fox

Chief Sustainability Officer, Hanes Brands, Winston-Salem Office

Colleen Briggs

Head of Inclusive Banking, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Tori Kaplan

Chief ESG and CSR Officer, Truist Financial
12:15 PM-1:00 PM

Lunch: Launching Your Career in ESG

Join us for an interactive networking lunch that will connect ESG industry professionals with interested students. Following a sit-down lunch with a presentation, attendees will have the opportunity to informally network with recruiters and company representatives.


Alexandra Hatsios

Kenan Scholar Class of 2023

Amy Bugno

Director of Career Development and Employer Relations, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Sarah Crockett

Associate Director of Career Development, UBP
1:00 PM-2:00 PM

Afternoon Plenary


Alyssa Abraham

Kenan Scholar Class of 2023

Katherine Neebe

Chief Sustainability Officer, Duke Energy

Faculty Debate: For investors, engagement is a better tool than divestment for affecting real change related to ESG issues


Ashley Teague

Kenan Scholar, Class of 2023

Gerald Cohen

Chief Economist, Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise

Olga Hawn

Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School; Sustainability Distinguished Fellow and Faculty Director, Ackerman Center for Excellence in Sustainability and 2022 Kenan Institute Distinguished Fellow
2:00 PM

Closing Remarks followed by Mixer & Networking


Cate Goodman

Kenan Scholar, Class of 2023

Kenan Scholars Program

Each year, 25 sophomores are selected as Kenan Scholars for their superior scholarship and genuine interest in putting the private sector to work for the public good. Scholars are introduced to the critical role that business plays in identifying and providing sustainable solutions to contemporary, complex issues, and learn the interdisciplinary competencies of leadership, research and cross-sector collaboration essential for their future business success.


UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

At UNC Kenan-Flagler, we build and inspire leaders who make the world a better place. We foster learning as a lifelong journey by creating and delivering rigorous, relevant thought leadership, and building a community committed to our shared values. As we strive for excellence in our teaching, research and service, we use our core values to guide our initiatives, make decisions, strengthen our culture and contribute to North Carolina and the world beyond.


UNC Global Institute

UNC Global shapes and supports global activity at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and its units further Carolina's academic, cultural, and co-curricular programs; support international research, scholarship, partnerships, and linkages; and provide infrastructural support.


UNC Program for Public Discourse

We seek to support a culture of debate and deliberation through curricular and extracurricular programs, enabling our students to be better citizens, leaders, and stewards for our democracy.

A Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise Event