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Save the date for inaugural NCGrowth Showcase: Engaging for Economic Prosperity in the Kenan Center! Don't miss out on engaging presentations and lunch from noon to 2 p.m. Feb 27.

Sutcliffe, a Kenan Institute Distinguished Fellow, will highlight the state of knowledge about resilience, drawing together multiple sources of research that include a recent study of adventure racing.

Join the Institute for Private Capital for the 16th Annual Alternative Investments Conference on March 21, 2024, featuring a full day of alternative asset programming.

Save the date for IPC's Spring Research Symposium Friday, March 22, 2024. The research symposium brings together academic researchers and industry practitioners to discuss applied research in the broad field of private capital and alternative investments.

Join us for this inspiring conversation around identity and leadership. Register today for the second annual “Yo Soy” Charla on April 5 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Watson, a Kenan Institute Distinguished Fellow, will discuss key findings from the economics literature and their implications for where to focus immigration reform efforts.

Please join us for an exclusive conversation with Gov. Deval Patrick on April 23 at 5 p.m. as a part of the Dean’s Speaker Series, hosted by the Kenan Institute in partnership with UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School Dean Mary Margaret Frank.

PERC returns to Oxford University’s Saïd Business School on May 16-17, 2024 for the Private Equity Research Consortium Oxford Research Symposium.

Our 2024 Frontiers of Business Conference will convene corporate executives, top researchers and policy leaders to share objective, evidence-based solutions for building more resilient businesses ready to survive and succeed in a risk-filled world. Learn more today.


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Please join us for a talk by Josh Lerner, a Kenan Institute Distinguished Fellow, who will be discussing the unprecedented explosion of venture capital activity worldwide and what was behind this dramatic surge of activity.

Join the Leonard W. Wood Center for Real Estate Studies for the John A. Mitchener Housing Affordability Symposium on Friday, Dec. 1, 2023, at the Rizzo Center. Industry and academic experts will explore how the U.S. can combat increased housing costs.

Save the date for the Fall 2023 NCGrowth Showcase in Bertie County, NC! Don't miss out on engaging presentations and lunch, Nov 30th, 2023, from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

Join the Center for the Business of Health for sessions including the rising price of drugs, the influence of consolidation on healthcare prices and costs, and the AI boom and reducing healthcare prices. Meals are included for in-person attendees.

Please join the Center for the Business of Health and the Kenan Institute for an exclusive lunchtime conversation with Dr. Craig Albanese and Dr. Wesley Burks, joined by Kody Kinsley. The Dean's Speaker Series talk is on Friday, Nov. 3 at 12:30 p.m.

Join us for the Employability Skills Gap webinar on Oct. 18 at 10 a.m. Dive into the final session of ncIMPACT Initiative's 'Where are the Workers?' series for insights and discussion on workforce needs.

Our 2023 Frontiers of Business Conference will convene corporate executives, top researchers and policy leaders to share objective, evidence-based solutions for navigating the precarious road toward a labor market equilibrium. Learn more today.

Join IBM’s Tim Humphrey and former Domino’s CEO Ritch Allison for “Workplace Talent, Skills and Economic Competitiveness: A Fireside Chat with UNC Kenan-Flagler Dean Mary Margaret Frank” Oct. 12 at The Carolina Inn.

Join us via Zoom at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 6 to learn how the Class of 2025 worked collaboratively with professionals to use their business skills to change the world for the better.

Leigh, a Kenan Institute Distinguished Fellow, will discuss the influence that societal events which occur outside of organizations have on employees when they enter the workplace and on individuals in society more broadly.

Stith, a Kenan Institute Distinguished Fellow, will moderate a panel on strategies to build a sustainable workforce pipeline in North Carolina.

In recent years, the importance of reducing wealth inequality and spurring inclusive economic growth has become apparent. Most approaches to reducing wealth inequality have been on the policy side, for example, through changing taxation. But economic prosperity can also occur for people in the lower half of the wealth distribution through market-based actions. The business sector has innovated and found profitable opportunities by serving lower income or lower wealth communities — for example, fintech or telehealth are two domains in which for-profit businesses have created opportunities for those in more disadvantaged situations to improve their well-being, including their finances.