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Kesan Ucheya, Kenan Scholars Class of 2024, shares his experience traveling to New York City to attend the Fall Summit for the inaugural cohort of the Voyager Scholarship, a program developed by the collaboration of Barack Obama and AirBnB CEO Brian Chesky.

Kenan Scholar Jaida Jett shares how she utilized the Kenan Scholars exploratory fund to attend the Agrifood Innovation Event’s Vertical Farming conference to learn more about upcoming technologies in the field, current challenges the industry is facing and vertical farming itself.

Claudia Romo Edelman, a Mexican-Swiss diplomat, inspirational speaker, and DEI activist, joined the Kenan Scholars and Carolina LatinX Center on Friday, Nov. 11 in a talking circle to discuss social entrepreneurship and diversity in new business development.

Kenan Scholar Aimee Yan shares her experience at the 2022 Harvard Public Policy Leadership Conference (PPLC).

Jacquelyn Pless, a Kenan Institute Distinguished Fellow and Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship at the MIT Sloan School of Management, joined the Kenan Scholars in a fireside chat to discuss her research in implementing ESG investments to promote environmentalism in business.

Twenty-five sophomore students from UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School have been selected as members of the newest cohort of Kenan Scholars, the Class of 2025.

Lubos Pastor, Ph.D., a Kenan Institute Distinguished Fellow and Charles P. McQuaid Professor of Finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, visited the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise as a distinguished fellow on Thursday, October 6. His visit focused on the climate concerns in business, the trade-offs of green stocks and the returns of ESG investing.

Lydia Thomas, Kenan Scholars Class of 2024, shares her experience studying abroad in Singapore.

In the summer following sophomore year, Kenan Scholars participate in practical internships in the public sector to gain cross-sector experience and use their knowledge and skills to solve real-world issues. During the annual Kenan Scholars Public Sector Showcase, scholars inspire friends and supporters of the program by providing an overview of their experiences and the impact made locally, nationally and abroad.

Emmanuel Yimfor, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Finance at the University of Michigan, visited the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise on Thursday, August 25th, as a Kenan Institute Distinguished Fellow. Dr. Yimfor provided a large-group presentation entitled “Race, Education and Funding Opportunities for High-Growth Startups” to Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise and Kenan-Flagler faculty, staff and students. Following that session, Dr. Yimfor sat down with current Kenan Scholars for a small-group discussion.

Kenan-Flagler alum and professor, Kenan Institute Fellow, investment consultant and golf enthusiast Patrick Hartley (BSBA ’76) shared some thoughts about his longtime engagement with Kenan-Flagler and support for the Kenan Scholars program.

Welcome to this month’s Kenan Scholars News in Review. Friends and supporters, we are super excited to be back and fully in-person! The first weeks of classes have been jam-packed and we are settling in to our new normal and getting used to living with COVID. Before we kicked off the new semester, staff spent the summer doing a deep dive into the findings and recommendations from our 5-year External Review. Over the coming months, we’ll be sharing more about the improvements and staffing changes we’re undertaking, including revamping our Board of Mentors and research competency and offering exciting new curated cross-sector summer internships.