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Why Anesthesiologist Vanessa Olbrecht Decided to Earn an MBA

Vanessa Olbrecht, a pediatric anesthesiologist and pain physician at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, continued her education with MBA@UNC, an experience that she says has given her a “new perspective on medicine.”

Pursuing an MBA While Living Abroad

As a current student at MBA@UNC, Salmon is able to live abroad while also earning a degree that will help make her dreams possible.

Continuing the Tar Heel Legacy Through Online Education

Lindsay Chason’s family is chock full of University of North Carolina alumni, including her father, mother, grandmother and even her aunts and uncles. In addition, many of Chason’s colleagues and managers at Home Depot attended UNC, and they have been known to shout “Go Heels” when they see her wearing a UNC shirt at the gym. For Chason, this common bond translates into an inexplicable yet instant alliance. Because of the strength of UNC’s network, Chason’s heart was always set on attending UNC if she decided to pursue an MBA—which is exactly what she did in 2012.

A Global Perspective: An MBA@UNC Student in Hong Kong

When Lauren Abraham was offered a management position at TransPerfect Translations International, she had 48 hours to decide whether or not she would accept the offer. While she was eager to move into such a role, the job would require her to uproot her life and move to Hong Kong. Through MBA@UNC, Abraham was able to accept this new opportunity and pursue an MBA from Kenan-Flagler from across the world.

A Professional Edge: Using MBA@UNC to Stand Out

MBA@UNC student Joshua Brown stands out in the winemaking business with an MBA from Kenan-Flagler.

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How a Recruiter Became a Leader: One MBA@UNC Student’s Journey

“My experience at MBA@UNC helped me to stretch that out and analyze what’s going on across different teams. Not only am I able to run the talent team and handle our recruitment leads, but I’m also able to contribute ideas to our CEO.” -Jonathan Howard, recent graduate

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MBA@UNC Valedictorian Talks Success Amid Challenges

Cristina Fitzsimmons graduated valedictorian from MBA@UNC—and she is proof that one can successfully juggle school, work and family while pursuing a degree.

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MBA@UNC Student Channels Entrepreneurial Expertise into Caregiver Retreats

Launching a business is a complex challenge with many moving parts. Getting a venture off the ground demands dedication and drive, and there are a variety of strategic skills that are crucial for long-term success. In a competitive market, how do you get the attention of investors and, moreover, your target audience? These are questions that Allison Hughes asked herself before she decided to enter the MBA@UNC program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Kenan-Flagler Business School.

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Gaining Focus: MBA@UNC Student Lauri De Cicco Repurposes Her Venture

When Lauri De Ciccio decided to enroll in MBA@UNC, she was struggling to generate interest in her new Web site, ToddlerResource.com. Through online MBA entrepreneurship courses, De Ciccio gained the support and resources she needed to take her venture to the next level.

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From Layoff to Dream Job: A MBA@UNC Student’s Journey Through Unemployment

George Yanez is from North Carolina and now works as an associate product manager at ReverbNation (a fast-growing tech startup that provides online tools to music industry professionals). Yanez earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech and spent 11 years working as a hardware engineer. He completed the MBA@UNC program in December 2013.

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