Alumni Dinner by the Dozen

Gather around the dinner table with a notable Carolina graduate and 11 fellow Tar Heels to enjoy great conversation and a fine meal. Begin to build your Honors Carolina network and connect with alumni to learn about their career paths.

Fall 2017 Schedule

All “Alumni Dinner by the Dozen” events are held from 6:30 – 8:00 pm in Graham Memorial 011 (Basement Level) unless otherwise noted.

Ed Chaney, Schell Bray PLCC Attorneys and Counselors at Law

Tuesday, October 3

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.

Jane Sommers-Kelly

Wednesday, November 1

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.

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

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.


Past Speakers

John Watson & Betsy Blackwell

Gabe Montero, Senior Software Engineer, Red Hat

David Woronoff, Publisher, The Pilot

John B. (JB) Buxton, Founding Principal, Education Innovations Group

Aisha Forte, J.D., Legal Aid of North Carolina

Elizabeth Manekin, Head of University Programs and Academic Projects, Ackland Art Museum

Neill Bellamy, Director of Investor Relations and Corporate Communications, Tredegar Corporation