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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.

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.

MBA@UNC Graduate: Daniel Hager

“When UNC Kenan-Flagler set out to create the MBA@UNC program, they took their mission seriously,” says Daniel Hager. “They demonstrated a real commitment to doing everything they can to make not only this program a success, but online learning in general. They are really shaping what an online degree can truly be.”

MBA@UNC Graduate: Brian Edwards

Brian Edwards, 34, had co-authored two patents for metallic materials by the time he was 26, working as an engineer in the U.S. Army. Back then, he had no plans to switch careers. But that all changed in 2006 when he started a new job in North Carolina and led a team to improve manufacturing of materials for jet engines.

MBA@UNC Graduate: Dr. Julie Goodliffe

Dr. Julie Goodliffe was a professor at UNC Charlotte when she started the MBA@UNC program. Having enjoyed a successful academic research career in molecular genetics, she realized that she had gone as far as she could in academia. With a desire to explore ways to use her science background in business, she started looking at MBA programs.

MBA@UNC Graduate: Brian McGrath

“When I was in consulting, the path forward was very clear,” says Brian McGrath. “It’s an up-and-out model. When I switched to a different industry, I realized that if you want to advance you can — or if you want to stay where you are, you can.”