Monday, March 29, 2021, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. ET

Ahead of the unveiling of the annual Trends in Entrepreneurship Report at next month’s Frontiers in Entrepreneurship Conference, members of the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise the UNC Entrepreneurship Center will highlight one of the report’s focal areas: organizational culture.

Panelists Mike Barkley (MBA ’93), CEO at KIND Healthy Snacks, and DeLisa Alexander, former VP and CPO at RedHat, will discuss the findings and share their experiences with establishing and sustaining successful organizational cultures.

During this hour-long conversation, expect to take away key takeaways from research and first-hand knowledge that can be applied to your company’s cultural reimagination. Dr. Sekou Bermiss, associate professor of strategy and entrepreneurship at UNC Kenan-Flagler, will moderate.


Mike Barkley

CEO of KIND Snacks North America

Maker of delicious and nutritious foods, KIND created an entirely new healthy snacking category with the introduction of its fruit & nut bars in 2004. Today, KIND makes over 80 products – all of which have a nutrient-dense first ingredient, like whole nuts, whole grains or whole fruits – across 9 categories and 35 countries.

As CEO, Mike is focused on advancing KIND’s mission – creating a kinder and healthier world, one act and one snack at a time. He was elevated to CEO in July 2019 after joining the company as President & Chief Operating Officer in fall 2018. Prior to KIND, Mike served as President of Boulder Brands, where he oversaw the growth and development of health & wellness brands such as Udi’s, EVOL and Gardein. Previously, Mike held various Marketing and General Management leadership roles at Campbell’s, Johnson & Johnson and Bristol-Myers Squibb. He began his career at Frito-Lay, a division of PepsiCo, Inc.

Mike received a BS in Commerce from the University of Virginia and his MBA from UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School (’93).  He met his wife Amy (UNC Law ’92) in Chapel Hill. They are the proud parents of Sarah, Kevin, Caroline, Emily and their retriever/lab mix, Charles.

Sekou Bermiss

Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Sekou Bermiss’ research is in the area of strategic management and organizational theory.

Specifically, he investigates how institutional factors shape the perception of firms by critical stakeholders. His research also explores the antecedents and consequences of human capital mobility and how different forms of employee movement impact a firm’s ability to compete with rivals.

Dr. Bermiss teaches courses in people analytics, managing human capital, leading for impact and organizational theory and design

He is a Fellow at the Filene Institute where he leads the research efforts of the “War for Talent” Center of Excellence.

His award-winning research has been published in the Academy of Management JournalAdministrative Science QuarterlyOrganization ScienceStrategic Management Journal and Research in Organizational Behavior. His research has been highlighted by Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal and National Public Radio.

He was honored as a Poets & Quants 2018 Top Undergraduate Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, where he served on the faculty before joining UNC Kenan-Flagler.

Before entering academia, Dr. Bermiss worked for Deloitte Consulting in New York City.

He received his PhD and MS management and organizations from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and his BS in chemical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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