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Sasha Surkin, Class of 2025, shares her story of Friendsgiving 2023, hosted by the Scholar Leadership Council.

I graciously had the opportunity to attend the 2023 AfroTech Conference in Austin, Texas, the largest Black technology conference with over 20,0000 attendants from a variety of professional backgrounds. As a student soon to transition to the tech industry, I figured this would be the perfect opportunity to learn from others eager to share their experiences and expand my network.

Our 5th class of scholars graduated in May, and for the first year ever, there was zero attrition! We hosted our signature spring symposium that focused on ESG Investing that drew over nearly 150 students from across campus to explore…

Twenty-four sophomore students from UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School have been selected as members of the seventh class of Luther Hodges Scholars.

As a business and economics double major, I spend most of my time learning about the theories and formulas that make up our economy. As a student, it is rare to see what you are studying in action. The Frontiers of Business Conference was two days full of business leaders coming together to discuss some of the biggest hurdles affecting our economy.

The Luther Hodges Scholars program was pleased to welcome back alum and former Student Body President, Kevin Martin, for a lunch & learn. Martin currently servs as the head of Meta’s Washington D.C. Office and Vice President for Public Policy North America & Global Competition. Martin’s career highlights include service as the Commissioner and Chair of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), co-chair and partner of the telecommunication practice at Squire Patton Boggs, an international law firm, and White House Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy. Martin was keen to provide insights and takeaways related to his work across the sectors in government, law, and technology policy.

Dr. Angelica Leigh, a Kenan Institute Distinguished Fellow, visited the Kenan Institute in September to discuss her research on the influence of ‘mega-threats’ on individuals at work. Along with four other distinguished fellows the focus of Dr. Leigh’s work broadens our understanding of the lasting impacts of workforce disruption due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise was proud to host the inaugural meeting of the Luther H. Hodges Scholars Advisory Council on Friday, October 13, 2023 at the conclusion of the institute’s annual Frontiers Conference.

One could say there is nothing more descriptive of business schools than networking sessions. Yet, while some business students are eager to gain connections from these events, others roll their eyes when hearing the dreadful word, “networking.”

Honoring the contributions of Luther H. Hodges, Sr., and Luther H. Hodges, Jr., in both the private and public sectors, the Luther Hodges Scholars program continues as a premier business education program for future business leaders committed to changing the world for the better.

As the fall 2023 semester approaches, we wanted to provide an update on leadership at the Kenan Institute. After eight impactful years of service, Dr. Greg Brown has decided to step down as Executive Director of the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise.

The Class of 2025 is the program’s first cohort to complete our new Cross-Sector Internship Initiative. The new cross-sector internship offers scholars a collaborative, project-based experience with for profit and non-profit organizations that work at the intersection of business and public impact.