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Jason Kilar (BSBA ’93), CEO of WarnerMedia and founding CEO of Hulu, paid a visit to his alma mater and met with current students at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School to share his insights and encouragement with them. Prior to a large group presentation, Kilar provided undergraduate Kenan Scholars a highly engaging and impactful small group discussion opportunity.

Dr. Greg Brown, executive director of the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise and Sarah Graham Kenan Distinguished Professor of Finance, spoke with Kenan Scholars as part of the “Lunch & Learn” speaker series on Friday, Feb. 18. Through providing insights on research in business and answering hard-hitting questions about current policy topics, Dr. Brown helped Kenan Scholars refine their leadership goals and envision how to carry the mission of the program into their future careers.

Twenty-five sophomore students from UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School have been selected as members of the sixth class of undergraduate Kenan Scholars. This five-semester program, sponsored by the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, brings together UNC business majors and minors that exhibit leadership and a passion for serving on campus and in the community. From Morehead-Cain Scholars to UNC ROTC to UNC Student Government, the Kenan Scholars Class of 2024 is a fantastic representation of Kenan Scholars values and impact on society.

On Friday, October 8, junior scholars were joined by Kenan Scholars Class of 2023 Board of Mentors Dillion Vess, Rob Mazzoni and Jordan Mareno who shared their perspectives and insights working in the private and public sectors. The panel was the first in a series of mentor panels and was facilitated by Alexandra Hatsios, a current scholar.

Kenan Scholar Gino Esposito (KFBS ’21) has been chosen as one of Poets and Quants for Undergrads’ 100 Best & Brightest Business Majors of 2021.

Advancing the Kenan Scholars’ research journey and enhancing their research skills, on March 5, the Kenan Scholars Program held its third installment of the Research Workshop Series – Data Analytics for Business Research. At the workshop, David Fisher, a data scientist at the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, explained how to establish causality in social science research and how we can leverage analytical tools to do so.

Dr. Aleta Richards, Senior Vice President for the Coatings, Adhesives and Specialties (CAS) at Covestro LLC, joined Kenan Scholars to talk about transformational leadership on Friday, February 19. Dr. Richards emphasized that “being a great leader is important.” Through her powerful and inspiring presentation, scholars learned about the significance of transformational leadership in the business world.

On February 5, Odum Institute Assistant Director for Education and Qualitative Methods Paul Mihas introduced our Kenan Scholars to qualitative research methods and described resources available to them at the Odum Institute.

Last Friday, the Kenan Scholars program kicked off the first event of its 2021 Research Workshop series. Titled Generating Business Research Questions and Topics and led by Nancy Lovas of the Entrepreneurship and Business Library, the workshop gave students a thorough introduction to the world of business research.

Class of 2022 Kenan Scholar Cara Kuuskvere shares her experience utilizing the Kenan Scholars Exploratory Funds to enroll in Leading Green Associate Training through Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) during her winter break.

On Thursday, January 28, Kenan Scholars from the classes of 2019 and 2020 came together to share updates with the current classes of Kenan Scholars on life post-graduation and offer advice on getting through everything from research to job hunting in these uncharted times.

Orientation weekend provided the Class of 2023 a comprehensive overview of both the Kenan Scholars program and the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise.