In June 2014, MBA@UNC students joined their classmates, professors and industry leaders in New York City for an immersion experience focusing on media and finance. Sessions challenged students to explore how companies can find new ways of telling their stories in today’s fast-shifting technological landscape and to learn from the successes and failures that followed the 2008 financial crisis. Along the way, students were able to network with peers and faculty, participate in collaborative learning exercises, and even visit some of New York’s iconic institutions such as the New York Times and Bloomberg Financial. Watch highlights from the weekend:
Featured Keynote Speakers
Gary Parr Vice Chairman Lazard
Sallie Krawcheck Business Leader Ellevate Network
Gil Caffray Chief Investment Officer Tiger Management LLC
Justin Smith CEO Bloomberg Media Group
Raju Narisetti Senior VP of Strategy News Corp
John Kosner EVP, Digital and Print Media ESPN
Throughout the weekend, students had the opportunity to explore media and finance from the heart of one of the nation's most diverse and bustling cities. Through guided sessions and company visits, students met leading influencers from companies such as The New York Times, A&E Networks, American Express, National Football League, Foursquare, City Light Capital, 2U Inc., GrowHack and Zady.com, as well as a number of UNC Kenan-Flagler's accomplished faculty members.
The festivities kicked off with a town gathering that welcomed students to the event and set the stage for a weekend of hands-on learning. Students in the finance track then got a unique insider's perspective on the 2008 financial crisis from Gary Parr, vice chairman of Lazard, while students in the media track headed out to visit the New York Times headquarters.
The second day of the immersion featured a wealth of guest speakers, including Gil Caffray, the chief investment officer of Tiger Management LLC, who spoke to students about investing from multiple viewpoints. Students also sat in on a panel of executives that focused on how entrepreneurs and operators raise money to run their businesses.
Among our keynote speakers on Day 3 were Sallie Krawcheck, business leader at Ellevate Network, and Mattan Griffel, CEO of One Month. These accomplished executives shared key insights on growth hacking, starting new business ventures and growing a business efficiently in a competitive landscape.
Social interaction is a core element of any global immersion outing. In New York, students had the chance to take a sightseeing and dinner cruise along the Hudson River and to join classmates for a rooftop happy hour on Hudson Terrace for networking, appetizers and drinks.
To learn more about the events of each day, visit our blog recaps of Day One, Day Two and Day Three. If you would like more information about our upcoming immersion, contact an admissions counselor today.