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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

The Seven “What Matters” In a System Not Designed for Us

September 30, 2020 • Urban Investment Strategies Center

For African Americans and individuals from other historically underrepresented groups, work cultures can be difficult to navigate. In a new white paper, The Seven "What Matters" In a System Not Designed for Us, Urban Investment Strategies Center Director Jim Johnson draws upon his 40 years of experience in academia to offer strategies for individuals in these groups to thrive within work cultures that do not fully embrace and may even be antagonistic to diversity and inclusion. More

NCGrowth’s Collaboration-based Work Profiled by UNC System

September 10, 2020 • NCGrowth

As North Carolina's entrepreneurs, industries and communities move forward amidst COVID-19, Kenan Institute affiliated center NCGrowth is helping to make sure they have the tools to succeed when business can fully re-open again. More