Please note: Additions will be made to the Schedule between now and April. If you are interested in helping plan a class-specific event for the weekend, contact Carrie Dobbins, assistant director of development for reunions.

Friday, April 28

10AM – until Individual Career & Leadership Coaching


Set up a free one-on-one Career & Leadership session with our Alumni Career Management Office. Discuss any career topic, including: job search, resumes, interviewing, networking, strategy, LinkedIn profile review, etc.

McColl 2200A, 2200B, 2200C, 2200D, and 2200E
1PM – 6:30PM Registration & Packet Pick-Up


Visit the registration area to pick up your itinerary and nametag, ask questions, and get directions.

Tillman Lobby, McColl Hall
1:15PM – 2:15PM Networking: What Not to Do


Even among experienced professionals, misconceptions abound about what networking is really all about and how to leverage it to maximum effect.   As this session busts common myths about networking, you will learn networking’s 3 key goals, its multifaceted benefits, the dual nature of networking interactions, and more!


Led by Mary Ryan(MBA@UNC 2014), Associate Director of Career & Leadership Services for Working Professionals

McColl 2050
2PM – 3PM Personal Branding

Spend time with Shawnice Meador, Executive Director of Career & Leadership, as you learn how to create a personal brand strategy to propel your business and career forward.


McColl 2600
2PM – 3PM StrengthsFinder

Discover and make the most of your natural gifts with this introduction to StrengthsFinder. This session will help explain how you can put your talented to best use in the workplace, as well as how to appreciate and leverage the strengths of others.

McColl 2250
3PM – 4PM Should I Stay or Should I Go?


At various points in almost everyone’s career, they develop a nagging sense that there must be something more, or at least something different!  Whether you are five or twenty-five years out of school, this session will explore how to assess whether it’s time to move up or move out, how to identify your motivations and goals, and how to get the change process started.   You will learn to:

  • Assess whether it’s time to make a move
  • Recognize and evaluate your own “symptoms” of the need for change
  • Identify your motivations for change
  • Assess your current organization’s potential for advancement or lateral moves
  • Get the change process started

Led by Elizabeth Wallencheck, Associate Director of Career & Leadership Services.

McColl 2350
2:30PM – 4PM Volunteers Coffee with Dean Doug Shackelford


A Tar Heel born and bred, Dean Doug Shackelford (BSBA 1980 and Meade H. Willis Distinguished Professor of Taxation) will host our Class Connectors for an hour and a half coffee social.

Koury Auditorium
2:30PM – 4PM Tours of UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School by Current Students


Tour McColl Hall, which opened in 1997, to see UNC Kenan-Flagler through the eyes of a current MBA student.

Kenan-Flagler Campus
4PM – 6:30PM Kick-off Barbecue


Kick off reunion weekend with your classmates and enjoy north Carolina BBQ, live bluegrass music, and Carolina-themed activities. This family-friendly event will definitely be made memorable when our favorite Ram comes to visit.

Latané Plaza, Kenan-Flagler Business School
6:30PM – 9:30PM MBA Class of 1957 Reception Rizzo Conference Center
  MBA Class of 1962 Reception Rizzo Conference Center
  MBA Class of 1967 Reception Rizzo Conference Center
  MBA Class of 1972 Reception Rizzo Conference Center
  MBA Class of 1977 Reception Rizzo Conference Center
  MBA Class of 1982 Reception Rizzo Conference Center
  MBA Class of 1987 Reception Back Bar @ Top of the Hill, Franklin Street
  MBA Class of 1992 Reception Spanky’s Restaurant, Franklin Street
  MBA Class of 1997 Reception Top of the  Hill Distillery, Franklin Street
  MBA Class of 2002 Reception Carolina Brewery
  MBA Class of 2007 Reception West End Wine Bar, Franklin Street
  MBA Class of 2012 Reception Crunkleton, Franklin Street
  MBA Class of 2016, 2017, & 2018 Reception He’s Not, Franklin Street
  MBA@UNC Reception (All Classes) Rizzo Conference Center
  Global OneMBA, Evening & Weekend Executive MBA Reception (All Classes) Courtyard Lobby, McLean Hall, – Rizzo Conference Center


Saturday, April 29

10AM – until Individual Career & Leadership Coaching


Set up a free one-on-one Career & Leadership session with our Alumni Career Management Office. Discuss any career topic, including: job search, resumes, interviewing, networking, strategy, LinkedIn profile review, etc.

McColl 2200A, 2200B, 2200C, 2200D, and 2200E
9AM – 2PM MBA Reunion Golf Outing (Additional registration required – $80/person)


Play golf with your favorite classmates and faculty on UNC Finley Golf Course. Compete in longest Lunch & beer provided.

UNC Finley Golf Course
9:30AM – 10AM Affinity Group Gatherings: Alliance of Minority Business Students, Pride Club, Veteran’s Association, International Business Association, Dean’s Fellows

Mingle with current students involved in a variety of organizations within the MBA Program, and find out how alumni can become involved.

Latane Plaza, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School
10AM – 12PM Tours of UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School by Current Students Tillman Lobby, McColl Hall
10AM – 11:30AM Champagne Brunch on the Plaza

Dean Doug Shackelford welcomes all alumni to join him on the Plaza as we enjoy a celebratory breakfast and toast to the School. Additionally, we will recognize all Dean’s Circle members. Kickoff your day with this delicious spread.

Latané Plaza, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School
11AM – 12PM UNC Kenan-Flagler: Then & Now with former dean, Jack Evans

From the creation of the Executive MBA program to the move from Carroll Hall to the McColl Building, UNC Kenan-Flagler has certainly seen changes.  Join former dean, Jack Evans, and fellow alumni as we walk through the history of the Business School.

McColl 2050
11:45AM – 1PM Back to the Classroom Events McColl Hall
  “Roundtable & Revenue: Sport Business at UNC Kenan-Flagler” with Dr. Deborah Stroman


Dr. Deborah Stroman, director of the new Center of Sport Business, leads the initiative to position Kenan-Flagler Business School in the forefront of the scholarly examination, engagement, and exploration of sport business in America. She will share the curriculum, projects, partnerships, and research that is drawing national attention to UNC-CH. In particular, come hear about the Basketball Analytics Summit, a nationally-recognized conference purposed to connect and engage students, academics, college and professional basketball professionals, and companies. Summit topics include the data analytics of sport marketing, ticketing, fan experience, sport science, and entrepreneurship.  Center partners include ESPN, Catapult, Google Analytics, NBA, RTI International, SAS, SAP, and Wasserman Media, and Zebra Technologies. Dish. Dunk. Data.

McColl 2250
  UNC Chapel Hill through the Times with Historian Freddie Kiger


We know campus landmarks like the Bell and the Old Well but, across these hallowed grounds that make up the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, there’s so many more.  Some you’ve seen a thousand times.  Some are tucked away but all share one common thread.  Just below the asphalt or beneath the mortar and steel, there’s a story.  From the bizarre and unbelievable to ironic and intriguing, that’s what this talk is all about.  Join Freddie Kiger as we spin tales and anecdotes about our campus.

McColl 2350
  “Every Career is Global: Building Sophisticated Global Competence” with Dr. Mabel Miguel


Come learn about the School’s Global Education Initiative, experience our new global learning tools, and understand your own work styles in comparison to international averages.

McColl 2575
  Carolina Women in Business Panel

Reconnect with your female classmates, reflect over your UNC Kenan-Flagler experience together, and share about your post-MBA career with current students. The informal, small table discussion format will also allow you to form stronger networks with each other and current students interested in pursuing careers in your industry.

A brief panel discussion will serve as a conversation starter for issues and questions current students and you have faced and continue to manage. The session will focus on diversity in business, finding a confident voice, managing family and professional decisions, changing career directions, and making the most of post-business school opportunities.

Panelists include:
Donna Sylver (MBA 2007), CFO of Raleigh-Durham International Airport; Melissa Sowry; Allison Flexer (Weekend Executive MBA 2013), Director of Treasury & Financial Operations at Vizant; Melissa Sowry (Evening Executive MBA 2012), Digital Marketing Manager at Merz Pharmaceuticals

Kenan Center
12:30PM – 2PM Lunch at the “future” UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Walk through the many technologies that are transforming business education at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. From virtual reality to the online platform, eat lunch and try out some of the incredible technology that is allowing our students to experience business situations in real time.

McColl Dining Hall
1PM – 2PM Finding Truth in Wine: Elizabeth Schneider MBA ‘05 Offers an Honest Look at Creative Entrepreneurship, Passion Based Business, and the Ups and Downs of a Social Media Based Wine Business

Have you ever gone to a talk by a self-made person and heard them tell the unadulterated truth about how they got there? Rarely, if ever. Conveniently left out of most discussions are the very human uncertainties and emotions that go along with building a business.

In this session, you’re going to hear that truth from Certified Sommelier Elizabeth Schneider (full-time MBA ’05). She’ll discuss her meandering, challenging, and often fun path to becoming a wine expert, award-winning podcaster, wine writer, and professional speaker. Elizabeth will speak about her journey from Kenan-Flagler to the California Wine Industry as a marketer, to forming her own successful wine education and media business, Wine for Normal People. From dissonance with corporate life, to reluctance about entrepreneurship (and daily job searching online for years!), to mastering her niche and dealing with the constant highs and lows of everyday work life, Elizabeth will share the raw and sometimes hysterical truth about the wine industry, creative entrepreneurship, and being a working parent.

In her entertaining, casual, and open style, Elizabeth will give you a window into the life of an entrepreneur in a passion-based business where often the only limits are the ones you place on yourself.  Bring your questions and your sense of humor and be ready to hear a great story!

McColl TBD
1:30PM – 2:30PM TEDx Radio

. This running group of brief speeches from faculty will entertain you with the incredible research and programs that make UNC Kenan-Flagler unique and demonstrate the impact that our School is having on the world.

Speakers include:

Dr. Jana Ready, Associate Dean of the Master of Accounting Program
“How Online Education is Transforming the Master of Accounting Program”


Dr. Michael Jacobs, Professor of the Practice of Finance
“Conscious Capitalism: Engaging in Mutually Beneficial Relations with Employees, Suppliers, Customers & Communities”

 More to come…

Koury Auditorium
2:00PM – 3:30PM The Business of Beer Panel

The craft beer industry is growing in North Carolina! Join a panel of local brewers and alumni who have dedicated their careers to disrupting the industry and creating unique experiences, flavors and combinations.

Panelists include:

Scott Maitland (JD 1995 & Entrepreneur in Residence), Top of the Hill Distilling, Brewing & Restaurant

Sumit Vohra (Evening Executive MBA 2008), CEO & “Chief Drinking Officer” of Lonerider Brewing Company

Audra Gaiziunas (Global OneMBA 2008), Owner & Sole Proprietor of Brewed for Ledger

Chris Rice (Evening Executive MBA 2002), President & Publisher at All About Beer Magazine

Erik Lars Myers, Founder & CEO of Mystery Brewing Company

McColl 2500
2:00PM – 3:30PM Manufacturing Confidence: Using Improv to Be More Authoritative with Greg Hohn, Senior Lecturer at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

You have the expertise, how do you deliver it powerfully and authentically? In this interactive session, we will explore principles and techniques from improvisational theater that can help you become a more authoritative presenter and also to enjoy presenting more.

2:15PM – 3:30PM “Tasting The Terms: Putting Wine Words Into Practice”

Wine Class with Elizabeth Schneider, MBA ’05 and Certified Sommelier, Chief Normal Wine Person

Please join Elizabeth Schneider, Certified Sommelier, MBA ’05, and Chief Normal Wine Person of Wine for Normal People (a podcast, wine edutainment company, and upcoming eponymous book) for an hour-long wine class called: Tasting The Terms: Wine Words Put Into Practice.

In this high energy, fun session, Elizabeth will give you an honest look at wine, peeling away the pretense to explain the fundamentals of what’s in your glass in plain English. If you’ve ever wondered what someone means when they describe a wine as acidic or tannic, earthy or minerally, now’s your chance to nail it down. We’ll address terms, flavors, and wine structure in this interactive class by having you smell and/or taste non-wine examples of many common items that express these terms (oak, acidity, earth, etc). After you get this unique chance to learn the terms in a generic way, you’ll then get to taste how those terms express themselves in wine so you can feel confident about interpreting what wine writers, bloggers, and snobs are talking about when they describe wine in these industry-specific, usually poorly explained terms.

McColl TBD
3:45PM – 5:15PM Exclusive message from Dean Doug Shackelford & John Townsend (BA 1977, MBA 1982)- State of the School Address

Join Dean Doug Shackelford (BSBA 1980) and John Townsend (BA 1977, MBA 1982) for a unique reception that includes an update on the leadership’s strategy for the future. Together, Doug and John will share how they plan to get UNC Kenan-Flagler to reach its full potential in the 21st century.

Kenan Center
5:30PM – 6:30PM Tour of UNC Basketball Museum by former basketball player and assistant coach, Phil Ford

The class with the largest attendance will win a chance to tour the UNC basketball museum with Phil Ford (BSBA 1978), legendary UNC basketball player.

Carolina Basketball Museum, Skipper Bowles Drive
5:30PM – 6:30PM Behind the Scenes Tour of Dean E. Smith Center

The class that raises the most money for UNC Kenan-Flagler will receive a behind the scenes tour of the Dean E. Smith Center.

Dean E. Smith Center, Skipper Bowles Drive
6:30PM – 9:30PM Reception, Dinner, Baskets & Celebration on the Floor of the Dean E. Smith Center

An incredible evening awaits you. Celebrate with your classmates, shoot baskets with faculty and fellow alumni, dine on the floor of the Smith Center, and soak up being a Tar Heel during this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Dean E. Smith Center, Skipper Bowles Drive