Chapel Hill: December 2011


Chapel Hill Global Immersion Weekend

Recap of the December MBA@UNC Student Immersion Weekend, held in Chapel Hill, NC from 12/15 thru 12/18/2011

In December 2011, MBA@UNC students, faculty and staff gathered for the first MBA@UNC Student Immersion Weekend on the UNC Kenan-Flagler campus in Chapel Hill, NC. This weekend was focused on leadership development, helping the students to understand their strengths and opportunities for growth in the context of team collaboration and individual work, and to develop those skills during the intensive three-day session.

After a night of networking and dinner on campus among the students, Friday morning was the official kick-off to the immersion weekend. The MBA@UNC leadership team, including MBA@UNC Associate Dean, Doug Shackelford, addressed the students.

After their morning class session, students enjoyed lunch at the beautiful DuBose Home on the Rizzo Conference Center campus.

To continue the focus on leadership development, the students attended class with MBA@UNC Career Management Director Shelly Gorman for a session on Leadership Assessment, Reflection, and Peer Coaching.

That evening, students and faculty attended a banquet hall dinner where UNC Kenan-Flagler's Dean, Jim Dean spoke about his vision for the future of MBA@UNC and its importance within the School.

UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor and President, Holden Thorpe spoke and shared his recent experience discussing the future of education with President Obama at The White House.

The next day began with class sessions, and the students enjoyed lunch with guest speaker Andrew Hermalyn, Vice President of University Relations at 2tor, who shared with the students some effective networking tips.

After lunch, the students returned to class to tackle a popular topic - influence in the business world.

What would a weekend in Chapel Hill be without basketball? The students were able to get the full Carolina experience by visiting the campus and attending the Tar Heels Men's Basketball game against Appalachian State.

The final day of immersion weekend was filled with classes, one-on-one career coaching sessions, and a Town Hall Lunch that gave students an opportunity to provide MBA@UNC leadership with candid feedback on their experiences thus far.

Before the weekend drew to a close, several students participated in short interviews for their student profiles that will soon be featured on

Before our San Francisco immersion weekend rolls around in March, you can check out our recap of this immersion weekend on the MBA@UNC blog as well as guest post from MBA@UNC student Kristen Fanarakis.

If you have any questions regarding the immersion weekends or MBA@UNC, feel free to reach out to us on Twitter: @MBAatUNC or via email,