Wednesday, March 31, 2021, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. ET

Brett Kenefick (BSBA ’96), president of VaxCare, and Professor Brad Staats, faculty director for the UNC Center for the Business of Health, will discuss how challenges faced in vaccine distribution and adherence can help us to better understand broader challenges and opportunities in U.S. healthcare—both now in the time of COVID, and going forward.


Brett Kenefick

President, VaxCare

Brett’s passion is working with great people to solve tough problems. This makes healthcare the perfect opportunity as it is incredibly complex and hardly ever easy. As the President of VaxCare, he has been fortunate to lead a team who shares this same passion.

Through an unwillingness to give up and a lot of hard work, Brett and his team has been able to build a thriving company of over 100 employees who have a real opportunity to transform the complexities around one of the cornerstones of preventive medicine – vaccines.

Brett has four kids who keep him grounded and he feels blessed to have a loving wife who supports his entrepreneurial DNA and all the craziness that comes with it. He completed his undergraduate degree in business at the University of North Carolina, and his MBA at the Harvard Business School.

Brad Staats

Faculty Director, Center for the Business of Health

Associate Dean, MBA Programs

Professor of Operations 

UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Brad Staats examines how individuals and organizations learn and improve in order to stay relevant, innovate and succeed on an ongoing basis. His teaching focuses on learning and analytics. In addition to teaching on these topics at UNC Kenan-Flagler, he works with many companies around the world on their learning and analytics strategies.

Dr. Staats integrates work in operations management and human behavior to understand how and under what conditions individuals, teams and organizations can perform their best. His field-based research in such settings as health care and software services, consulting, call centers and retail, uses archival data and field experiments to provide an interdisciplinary perspective to improve both operations’ theory and practice.

He publishes frequently in both leading academic journals and practitioner-focused journals. He is an associate editor at Management Science, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management and Production and Operations Management.

Dr. Staats leads the UNC Center for the Business of Health (CBOH), a cross-disciplinary initiative targeting some of the biggest healthcare challenges of our time. The CBOH is by design a pan-university effort that draws upon the wide health sciences strengths across campus, including our top-ranked schools of pharmacy, public health, nursing, dentistry, arts and sciences, medicine and business. By building on this collaborative powerhouse of resources and talent through the CBOH, UNC Kenan-Flagler seeks to distinguish both itself and the University as one of the leading national voices in education, research and thought leadership in the business of health care.

He received his DBA in technology and operations management and MBA from Harvard Business School. He received his BS with honors in electrical engineering and his BA with high honors in Plan II and Spanish from The University of Texas at Austin.

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