Professional Pathways

The Honors Carolina Professional Pathways series includes career and professional development workshops, employer and graduate program campus visits, alumni networking opportunities, career treks, and more.

Spring 2018

Alumni Dinner by the Dozen with Elizabeth Sasser

Former Policy Advisor U.S. Department of Energy

Wednesday, January 17
6:30 – 8:00pm
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Elizabeth Sasser has a B.A. and an M.P.P. from Duke University and studied at Peking University in Beijing, China, where she developed a fluency in Mandarin. Sasser served as a policy advisor at the U.S. Department of Energy through the first term of the Obama Administration. She worked with Administration leadership on strategies to advance the nation’s interests on environmental and energy issues, focusing primarily on bilateral relations with China. Sasser worked with Department of Energy laboratories, private and public sector stakeholders, and Chinese officials to negotiate the terms of U.S.-China clean energy cooperation and then execute on those agreements. In her role with the Department of Energy, Elizabeth brought together a wide range of stakeholders from the public and private sectors to forge cooperative paths forward on the difficult issues of the day.

FOCUS 2 Workshop (FIRST YEAR Honors Carolina Students)

Tuesday, January 23
12:30 – 1:30pm
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(Lunch provided)
Friday, January 26
3:00 – 4:00pm
Horton Residence Hall, Seminar Room

FOCUS 2 is an online assessment designed to help you explore academic majors and career options. After completion, you will receive suggestions for occupations and UNC majors that relate to your work and leisure interests, values, skills, and personality characteristics. Completing this assessment is part of the Honors Carolina Class of 2021 Go Anywhere Professional Development Curriculum. An Honors Carolina Career Coach will help you complete FOCUS 2 in this workshop. Please bring your laptop. Refreshments provided.

Alumni Dinner by the Dozen with William A. Keyes, IV (Bill)

Wednesday, January 31
5:45 – 7:00pm
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Bill Keyes was elected to the UNC Board of Trustees in 2015 and was elected Secretary in 2017. He serves as chairman of the Committee on External Relations and as a member of the Committee on University Affairs, where he was previously vice chairman. He has also served on the Committee on Personnel.

Prior to his election to the Board of Trustees, Keyes served on the UNC Board of Visitors, the Graduate Education Advancement Board, the Board of Advisors of the School of Media and Journalism, the Board of Directors of the Media and Journalism Foundation, and the Advisory Board of the Leadership Institute. He recently joined the Senior Advisory Board of the UNC Institute of Politics. He is honored to have been tapped for the Order of the Golden Fleece and the Frank Porter Graham Honor Society.

Keyes is a native of Washington, NC but has worked in Washington, DC for nearly four decades. He has worked on Capitol Hill and served as a White House Senior Policy Advisor. However, his most important work has been the establishment and direction of the Institute for Responsible Citizenship, which serves some of America’s best and brightest African American male college students. Institute alumni have become Rhodes Scholars, Fulbright Scholars, Truman Scholars, and the recipients of many other honors and awards.

For his extensive work in education, Keyes was presented the Mac A. Stewart Distinguished Award for Service by the Todd A. Bell National Resource Center at Ohio State University, the Dr. Asa G. Hilliard Model of Excellence Award from the College Board, and the Warrior Award at the International Colloquium on Black Males in Education.

Keyes and his wife, Lola, live in McLean, Virginia.

Resume Workshop

Thursday, February 1
12:30 – 1:30pm
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A strong resume differentiates you from other applicants. Learn how to write a resume that gives a compelling and clear  and  snapshot of your skills, experiences, and strengths. An Honors Carolina Career Coach will share Honors Carolina resume templates and practice writing strong bullet points. If you are considering applying to an Honors Global Experience, you are encouraged to attend this session. Lunch is provided.

Third & Fourth Year Career Perspectives Group

Wednesday, February 7, 14, 21, & 28
12:15 – 1:15pm
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Anxious about summer or post-Carolina plans? Join the Career Perspectives group to connect with an Honors Carolina Career & Professional Development Coach and develop a comprehensive framework for how your life and college experiences relate to your career goals, identify employment opportunities of interest, and develop a job search action plan to keep you moving forward. This is a four-session series and participants are expected to attend each session. Lunch is provided.

LSAT Mock Testing

Friday, March 23
12:30 – 4:00pm
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Considering law school? Most law schools require the LSAT exam as part of the application. The LSAT is a 175-minute standardized exam testing reading comprehension, analytical reasoning, logical reasoning, and writing. Statistics show that repeated practice results in improved scores. Honors Carolina and the Learning Center have partnered with The Princeton Review to provide you with the unique opportunity to take a mock LSAT. Please bring a #2 pencil. Seats are limited.

Fall 2017

Roark Capital Recruiting

Monday, August 28
6:30 – 7:30pm
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Roark Capital Group, a leading middle-market private equity with over $7 billion of equity capital raised since inception, is recruiting Summer Analyst positions at UNC. Roark is based out of Atlanta and is one of largest restaurant/consumer-focused private equity firms in the country, having acquired 60 franchise/multi-unit brands since inception. Last year, Roark’s brands generated $24 billion in system sales from 27,000 locations in 50 states and 78 countries. Roark’s brands are highly recognizable within the restaurant, retail, and fitness spaces, and include (among others): Jimmy Johns, Arby’s, Dry Bar, Orangetheory Fitness, and Pet Supermarket. Read more at www.roarkcapital.com. Roark’s recruitment model is a little different than other private equity firms. As you may know, most private equity firms target first-year analysts at investment banks. Roark has traditionally identified talent through an internship program, which has led to full-time offers after graduation. High-performing analysts are retained and promoted to the associate position from within. Roark is likely one of a handful of PE firms with this model (out of a universe of 2000+), so this is a unique opportunity for college students that are interested in private equity, finance, and investing.

If interested, please attend our information session. For more information, please reach out to Paddy Warren (pwarren@roarkcapital.com). All class years are welcome, though the recruiting focus will be on juniors. Juniors can apply to our analyst position on Handshake by August 31, 2017.

First Year Career Perspectives Group

Tuesday, September 5, 12, 19, 26
Group 1, 12:30 – 1:30pm; Group 2, 4:00 – 5:00pm
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Join the Career Perspectives group and connect with an Honors Career & Professional Development Coach to explore how your knowledge, skills, and abilities relate to academic and career goals. This is a 4-session series and participants are expected to attend all sessions.

McKinsey

Thursday, September 7
4:00 – 6:00pm
Graham Memorial Lounge

Interested in learning more about opportunities in consulting? Want to hear more about what it’s like to work at McKinsey & Company? We’ll be on campus hosting coffee chats exclusively for Honors Carolina students. Come join us to connect with UNC alumni currently at McKinsey and learn more about life as a Business Analyst (BA). Additionally, if you are a current junior, sophomore, or first-year, please join to learn about our Summer 2018 programs (SBA and SDLI). Attire: “Smart” casual (jeans are fine!)

Introduction to Consulting with Deloitte

Friday September 8
12:15 – 1:15pm
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Want to learn more about how your problem-solving skills can be put to use to tackle the toughest business problems? Come grab lunch with Deloitte Consulting to find out more about how a variety of majors can be applied to launch a successful career in management consulting!

Jefferies Coffee Chat with Michael Bauer, Managing Director  (2nd and 3rd years)

Friday, September 8
3:00 – 4:00pm
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Jefferies provides insight, expertise and execution to investors, companies and government entities. We offer deep sector expertise across a full range of products and services in investment banking, equities, fixed income and wealth management in the Americas, Europe and the Middle East and Asia. As what may be the last true, pure-play investment bank in the world, we still pride ourselves on a hands-on approach, lack of bureaucratic process or over-complexity of products, and the dedication of our first team to every client. Meet Michael Bauer, Managing Director to learn more about Jefferies, 2018 Summer Analyst opportunities, and the recruiting process. Second and Third year students are encouraged to attend, although the recruiting efforts will target third year students.

Networking Essentials & Alumni Panel

Saturday, September 16
11:00am – 2:00pm
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Learn strategies to build your professional network and gain first-hand insight and advice from UNC alumni and friends working in areas such as medicine, entrepreneurship, consulting, business, and tech. Upon completion of the program, you will gain access to the Honors Carolina LinkedIn group.

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Information Session (all class years welcome)

Friday, September 22
12:15 – 1:15pm
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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) is a premier applied science and technology laboratory that is part of the National Nuclear Security Administration within the Department of Energy. Barry Goldman, Recruiting Specialist at LLNL, will use LLNL as an example for identifying applied science and technology internship opportunities, what makes a strong applicant, and tips for navigating the recruitment process. This session will be conducted virtually and lunch will be provided.

Resume Workshop

Wednesday, September 27
12:15 – 1:15pm
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A strong resume differentiates you from other applicants. Learn how to write a resume that gives a compelling and clear snapshot of your skills, experiences, and strengths. We’ll share Honors Carolina resume templates and practice writing strong bullet points.

Honors Carolina Career & Professional Development Express Resumes Review & Consultations

Friday, September 29
2:00 – 4:00pm
Graham Memorial Lounge

Drop by anytime between 2pm – 4pm to meet with Chad Collins and Kristin Pawlowski, Honors Carolina Career & Professional Development Coaches for an express consultation. Bring your resume or pull up your LinkedIn profile for a quick critique.

Harvard Kennedy School of Government Information Session (Summer and Graduate Programs)

Monday, October 2
12:15 – 1:15pm
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Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government (HKS) is committed to advancing the public interest. One of the most important ways we deliver on that mission is by training skilled, enlightened leaders who can really make a difference for people and their daily lives. Connect with admissions staff to learn about master’s degree programs in both a one-year and two-year format. This session will also include information regarding the undergraduate HKS Public Policy Leadership Conference. All class years are encouraged to attend.

Build your LinkedIn Profile & Connect with Honors Carolina Alumni

Tuesday, October 3
12:30 – 1:30pm
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Learn how to create a distinctive profile, connect with Honors Carolina alumni, research organizations, and search for jobs and internships. After completing this workshop, you will be invited to the private Honors Carolina LinkedIn group.

LinkedIn Photo Shoot

Tuesday, October 3
1:30 – 2:30pm
Graham Memorial Front Porch

LinkedIn profiles with a photo are 7 times more likely to be viewed. Stop by the Graham Memorial Front Porch to take a professional photo anytime between 1:30pm – 2:30pm.

Alumni Dinner by the Dozen with Ed Chaney

Schell Bray PLCC Attorneys and Counselors at Law

Tuesday, October 3
6:30 – 8:00pm
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Ed Chaney is a lawyer who advises philanthropists, nonprofits, and social enterprises on tax and corporate issues.  His clients have ranged from some of the country’s largest private foundations to start up social enterprises at the Campus Y CUBE.  Prior to becoming an attorney, he had a ten year career in the nonprofit sector, including running an AmeriCorps program and serving as executive director of the Student Coalition for Action in Literacy Education.  He owes his career in no small part to the life lessons flowing from his undergrad volunteer and social justice activities at the Campus Y.  He earned his BA from Carolina in 1994 and his JD from the UNC School of Law in 2007.

Interviewing Workshop

Wednesday, October 4
12:15 – 1:15pm
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Learn what to expect and how to prepare for interviews. We’ll explore strategies for navigating in-person, phone, Skype, and video-recorded interviews, and give you time to practice answering common questions. Lunch will be served.

Resume Workshop

Friday, October 6
12:15 – 1:15pm
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A strong resume differentiates you from other applicants. Learn how to write a resume that gives a compelling and clear snapshot of your skills, experiences, and strengths. We’ll share Honors Carolina resume templates and practice writing strong bullet points.

Business Leadership Series with Rick Edmunds

PwC Strategy&

Friday, October 6
3:00 – 4:00pm
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Richard C. Edmunds, III (Rick) is a Principal with PwC Strategy& where he leads the Strategy team within Pharma Life Sciences. He was previously Senior Vice President and Leader of the Global Healthcare Practice at Booz & Company (which became part of PwC). He is also now part of PwC’s Global Pharma & Life Sciences Leadership team. He works primarily with leading pharmaceutical and medical product companies globally and in the U.S. Mr. Edmunds’ primary areas of expertise are in corporate and business unit strategy, product and customer strategies, commercial performance improvement, organization, and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Edmunds brings business strategy and transformation skills and a solid understanding of the health care and pharmaceutical industries. In his recent corporate strategy assignments, he has addressed the implications of changing U.S. market dynamics on pharmaceutical companies and helped define different break-out alternatives for the various lines of business. On the commercialization side, Mr. Edmunds has conducted a number of different customer strategy development efforts (including payor, physician, and consumer) and broader product strategies ranging from launch to mature/end-of-lifecycle stage. Within the context of health reform, Mr. Edmunds has worked on major cross-industry collaboration efforts that include leading pharmaceutical companies, major national health plans, and PBMs.

Mr. Edmunds has written numerous articles related to the changing pharmaceutical landscape, new commercial approaches, organizing to win, and alternative strategic approaches. Most recently he has been a lead writer for Beyond 2020: Building Strategic Coherence in the New Health Economy published in PharmaExecutive and related articles in Managed Healthcare Executive and Strategy & Business.

Mr. Edmunds joined Booz Allen Hamilton/Booz & Company/Strategy& in 2005 after nearly 13 years at McKinsey & Co., where he worked as part of their Pharma/Medical Product Leadership Group. He holds an MBA from the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia, where he received both the Shermet Award and the Faculty Award for Academic Excellence in 1992. He holds a BA in economics from the University of North Carolina.

He was formerly Chairman of the Washington Tennis and Education Foundation, Is Vic Chair for Darden’s Corporate Advisory Board and is an Ex-Officio member of the Board of Trustees.,. He has a wife and two children and lives in Alexandria, Virginia.

Interviewing Workshop

Tuesday, October 10
12:30 – 1:30pm
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Learn what to expect and how to prepare for interviews. We’ll explore strategies for navigating in-person, phone, Skype, and video-recorded interviews, and give you time to practice answering common questions. Lunch will be served.

Business Leadership Series with Rajiv Maluste

Thursday, October 12
7:00 – 8:00pm
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Dr Rajiv G. Maluste has a doctorate in Economic History from the London School of Economics, a Masters in Public Policy from Princeton University and a MBA from Rutgers University.  Rajiv’s previous professional background has been in capital markets for two decades where he gained rich experiences from working in London, New York and Asia.  He was an Executive Director with Morgan Stanley New York and London where he focused on emerging markets and international capital flows.  Rajiv has also worked as an economist for the US Government’s Department of the Treasury in Washington, working with the IMF.  Rajiv launched his independent consultancy in 2011.  His current academic and consulting portfolio includes several UK universities and Study Abroad Programs in London.

Washington DC Career Trek: Government, Law, and Policy

Connect with Honors Carolina alumni working in areas such as public policy, think tanks, lobbying, law, government agencies, and the Department of State. Learn strategies about how to prepare for a career in government, law, or policy in the DC area and gain a better understanding of daily life on the Hill. The trip takes place during Fall Break.

Exploring Medicine Career Trek

Embark on “behind-the-scenes” tours of UNC medical facilities, shadow a Carolina physician, and engage in thought-provoking conversations with distinguished faculty, staff, and alumni. Learn strategies about how to prepare for careers in medicine and gain a better understanding of the daily life of a physician. The trip takes place during Fall Break.

Alumni Dinner by the Dozen with Jane Sommers-Kelly

JSK Leadership, Coaching for Business Results

Wednesday, November 1
6:30 – 8:00pm
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Jane Sommers-Kelly is the founder of JSK Leadership, Coaching for Business Results. Jane brings decades of corporate business advisory experience and recently served as Managing Director at Duke Corporate Education where she was responsible for Duke CE’s China market entry strategy, as well as designing and delivering programs for a portfolio of global clients. Jane frequently coaches executives, bringing her business and development experience to these individuals. Previously, she spent 16 years in Europe, firstly in Finance in Eastern Europe and lastly at INSEAD as Director of Company Specific Programmes within Executive Education. Prior to INSEAD, Jane spent 13 years in the financial industry: six on Wall Street with JP Morgan investment banking in New York City and then with Bankers Trust running their Czech and Slovak businesses from Prague.

Honors Carolina Career & Professional Development Express Resumes Review & Consultations

Friday, November 10
2:00 – 4:00pm
Graham Memorial Lounge

Drop by anytime between 2pm – 4pm to meet with Chad Collins and Kristin Pawlowski, Honors Carolina Career & Professional Development Coaches for an express consultation. Bring your resume or pull up your LinkedIn profile for a quick critique.

Alumni Dinner by the Dozen with Benard Bell

Chairman and CEO of Urban Media Solutions (UMS) and Executive Director of the Shuford Program in Entrepreneurship in the UNC College of Arts and Sciences

Wednesday, November 15
6:30 – 8:00pm
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Bernard Bell is the executive director of the Shuford Program in Entrepreneurship in the UNC College of Arts and Sciences. He has worked as an entrepreneur-in-residence in the Minor in Entrepreneurship. In this role, Bell has been responsible for teaching, mentoring and coaching students with a special emphasis on social entrepreneurship ventures. He is also a member of the Dean’s Working Group for the Minor in Entrepreneurship, where he has served for several years, including prior to joining the entrepreneurial faculty for the program. The Dean’s Working Group helps the dean set the strategic direction for the minor and works with alumni and friends of the University to generate and manage resources.

Bell is also the chairman and CEO of Urban Media Solutions (UMS), a media consulting firm that coaches high-growth startups, corporations and government agencies on traditional media and digital strategy around the urban market. He was most recently the senior vice president in the Office of the President for TV One, a lifestyle and entertainment cable network. He joined the network in 2003 as the second employee and led the successful growth of the network from a $130 million investment to a $600  million valuation within 54 months. He started his career at TV One as senior vice president of sales and marketing.

Prior to joining TV One, Bell held senior sales and marketing positions at Tribune Media Services in Chicago, ICTV an internet startup based in Silicon Valley, Home and Garden Television Network (HGTV) based in Knoxville and NYC and Discovery Channel based in Bethesda, MD. He started his sales career at IBM as an account executive in Winston-Salem, NC.

Originally from Greensboro, NC, Bell holds both a BA and an MBA from UNC-Chapel Hill.  He most recently served as a corporate director for ICLUB, an investment software company and has served on the advisory board for the American Film Institute.  He is active in Next Generation Men, a non-profit focused on empowering teenage African-American young men. Bell’s passions include real estate investing, architecture, international travel, Habitat for Humanity, and great wine and vineyards.