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Greg Brown Talks COVID-19 Business Strategies with the Los Angeles Times

December 14, 2020

Kenan Institute Executive Director Greg Brown is quoted in this recent Los Angeles Times article on what some entertainment venues are doing to make up for lost revenue due to COVID-19 restrictions. More

Jim Johnson and Jeanne Milliken Bonds Offer Insights on Reputational Equity in Triangle Business Journal Article

December 02, 2020 • Urban Investment Strategies Center

In a recent Triangle Business Journal article, Urban Investment Strategies Center Director Jim Johnson and UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School Professor Jeanne Milliken Bonds discuss why Americans are increasingly turning to companies with purpose and ethics, and provide a corporate reputational equity checklist to help organizations move toward greater diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) practices. More

Welcome, Class of 2022 MBA Kenan Scholars!

November 16, 2020

Eleven students have been selected as members of the 2022 class of MBA Kenan Scholars. The year-long program sponsored by the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise is the premier research opportunity for UNC Kenan-Flagler MBA students. More

Welcome, Undergraduate Kenan Scholars Class of 2023!

November 04, 2020

Twenty-five sophomore students from UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School have been selected as members of the fifth class of undergraduate Kenan Scholars, the largest class ever. This five-semester program, sponsored by the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, brings together UNC business majors and minors that exhibit leadership and a passion for serving on campus and in the community. More

Jim Johnson Quoted in CNN Business Article

November 02, 2020 • Urban Investment Strategies Center

Urban Investment Strategies Center Director Jim Johnson weighed in on the initial surge and subsequent decline in Black bookstore sales during the COVID-19 pandemic in a recent article by CNN Business. More

Dean’s Speaker Series — Harvey Gantt

October 29, 2020

On Thursday, Oct. 29, architect, politician and former mayor of Charlotte Harvey Gantt joined UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School Dean Doug Shackelford for an exclusive fireside chat. Gantt discussed his career, the current political climate and the social justice movement in the U.S. This virtual experience was part of the Dean’s Speaker Series. More

Assessing Political Risk: The Policy Implications of Election 2020

October 28, 2020

On Wednesday, Oct. 28, the Kenan Institute hosted a virtual fireside chat with Senior Fellow and Political Quotient Advisors CEO Mary Moore Hamrick. In discussion with Director of External Affairs MacKenzie Babb, Hamrick talked through the current political landscape just one week before the historic 2020 U.S. presidential election. More

Kenan Institute Senior Faculty Fellow’s Research on Capital Market Risk Featured in NBER Article

October 27, 2020

UNC Professor of Economics, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School Professor and Kenan Institute Senior Faulty Fellow Anusha Chari's latest research was featured in a recent National Bureau of Economic Research article. Chari's co-authored paper with Kenan Institute Director of Research Christian Lundblad and Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City Economist Karlye Dilts-Stedman, is cited in the article that looks at capital market risks in emerging markets. More

Research Shows Diversity Drives Value, Innovation

October 22, 2020 • Entrepreneurship Center

Immigrant inventors produce more patents than native U.S. citizens, among other key findings, according to a new Entrepreneurship Center and Kenan Institute report. More

Kenan Institute Executive Director Featured in CNBC Article on COVID Economy

October 22, 2020

Greg Brown, executive director of the Kenan Institute, says policymakers, companies and individuals need to focus on longer-term solutions in order to move forward through the pandemic. More