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Market-Based Solutions to Vital Economic Issues


Market-Based Solutions to Vital Economic Issues



Entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds face a variety of challenges in accessing resources, expertise and funding. Hear experts from our 2021 Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Conference discuss persistent issues and promising solutions for creating vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystems.

As featured in our 2021 Trends in Entrepreneurship Report, hear experts discuss leveraging analytics to drive improved healthcare access, treatments and delivery.

To support our mission of developing and promoting innovative, market-based solutions to vital economic issues, the Kenan Institute convenes diverse groups of cross-sector leaders for discussions on the most pressing challenges and exciting opportunities for business today. We also disseminate cutting-edge research to academic partners, business leaders and policymakers, enabling them to make data-driven decisions and drive economic progress. In turn, we welcome private- and public-sector partners to inform our thought leadership and research to best serve their needs.

Research Director Christian Lundblad explores the implications of a long-brewing skills mismatch for companies’ bottom lines and our approach to combatting income inequality.

The Paycheck Protection Program kept small businesses from folding during the pandemic, but left many women and minority business owners empty-handed.

On Thursday, April 29, Lyft Chief Policy Officer and Advisor to the Co-founders Anthony Foxx joined UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School Dean Doug Shackelford for an exclusive virtual discussion. Foxx discussed his career as the secretary of transportation under President Obama and as the mayor of Charlotte, the innovative technologies transforming transportation and how we can transition to a greener economy.

Lowe’s CEO Marvin Ellision shared the company's approach to diversity, equity and inclusion following this past summer’s social unrest. In this conversation-style format, Mr. Ellison gave a brief overview of Lowe’s anti-racism statement and reviewed specific actions the company has taken to combat racism and inequality. He shared insights on his hands-on leadership approach and how it impacts his relationships with employees and his success at Lowe’s.

North Carolina just inked an $850 million deal with Apple. CREATE Faculty Director Maryann Feldman wants the state to invest at least as much in its school-age residents.

The rapid pace of technological innovations in healthcare is ushering a new era of wellness and medical treatments. Transformations in healthcare solutions based on emerging technologies of AI-driven diagnosis and drug discovery, robotic surgery, remote patient care, and genomics are paramount. Beyond that, the growing interest and applications of healthcare analytics have enabled healthcare providers to reimagine their workflow. This emerging landscape in healthcare analytics presents entrepreneurs, investors and the public sector with several opportunities and unresolved challenges.

In this virtual fireside chat with Kenan Institute Director Greg Brown, Senior Fellow Mary Moore Hamrick, CEO of Political Quotient Advisors, outlined the impact of the Biden Administration’s legislative, regulatory and executive order actions on business thus far.

Kenan Institute Senior Fellow Mary Moore Hamrick, CEO of Political Quotient Advisors, outlines the major “buckets” of President Biden’s proposed $3 trillion infrastructure bill.

On Wednesday, April 14, Royal Caribbean Group Executive Vice President & Jason Liberty joined UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School Dean Doug Shackelford for an exclusive virtual discussion. Liberty discussed how his team handled the unknowns of the past year, his current work to ensure customer confidence and the short- and long-term impact of the pandemic on the cruise industry.