Coffee and Conversation

Join Honors Carolina students for an informal conversations with scholars, researchers, artists, authors, entrepreneurs and business professionals. Enjoy a cup of coffee and learn more about the career paths of these leaders, many of whom are Carolina alumni.

Fall 2017 Events

Larry Han ’16, STEM and Global Fellowship Recipient

Monday, August 28 (11:00am – 12:00pm)
Graham Memorial 039 (Basement Level)

Larry graduated with a Master of Global Affairs from Schwarzman College at Tsinghua University in 2017 and a BSPH in Biostatistics from UNC in 2016. He has worked on a number of data-driven projects, including developing new metrics to assess PGA TOUR player and tournament value, a social entrepreneurship for sexual health (SESH) project in Guangzhou and Hong Kong, and a RTS,S/AS01 malaria vaccine efficacy study in Malawi. In addition to the Schwarzman, Larry won the Gates Cambridge, Churchill, and Goldwater fellowships. In his free time, Larry plays golf and tennis and cheers for the Tar Heels. Join us to hear about Larry’s experiences and learn how you can apply for these scholarships. RSVP here.

Jojo Abot and Ensemble

Friday, September 8 (12:30pm – 1:30pm)
Graham Memorial, John Lindsay Morehead II Lounge

Jojo Abot is a Ghanaian artist expressing herself through music, film/photography, literature and performance art. FYFYA WOTO, meaning New Birth – New Discovery serves as the theme and title for her ongoing project exploring SELF as a provocative tool in the discovery, exchange and evolution of the subject of IDENTITY in relation to appropriation vs appreciation in a growing global conversation around shared space and shared identities. Come meet Jojo Abot and her ensemble. Learn more about Jojo Abot here. Pizza will be served.

Aneri Pradhan

Monday, September 18 (12:15pm – 1:15pm)
Graham Memorial 039 (Basement Level)

Aneri Pradhan is the Founder and Executive Director of ENVenture, a social enterprise that finances and trains rural civil society leaders in Uganda on clean energy entrepreneurship. Her expertise is on market-led development, innovation, and adoption of sustainable technologies in over 15 countries in Africa and Asia. Previously, she was a Program Manager for Facebook working on emerging markets technology innovation & sustainability and prior was as an Energy Access Officer at the United Nations Foundation advising African governments on the UN Sustainable Energy for All initiative. She is a frequent and sought out speaker on clean energy and entrepreneurship, including UN Conferences, TEDx, Universities, embassies, and international conferences. She has a MSc in Environment & Development from the London School of Economics and a BA in International Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Kristin Irish, Director & Global Head of Professional Development BMO Capital Markets

Thursday, October 26 (12:30pm – 1:30pm)
Graham Memorial 011 (Basement Level)

Kristin Irish is Director & Global Head of Professional Development BMO Capital Markets.  In her role she is responsible for the overall strategy and management of Capital Markets development, programming, resourcing and learning.  Previously, Kristin was  at UBS running Americas campus recruiting for the Investment Bank, including managing the sales & trading and investment banking summer intern programs.  Prior to UBS, Kristin worked in the Career Development Office at the Yale School of Management (MBA) where she was Deputy Director and Senior Relationship Manager for the Financial Services industry, working with students interested in joining the field, and companies and alumni looking to hire.  Additionally, Kristin spent 15 years in Sales and Trading working at Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch, T Rowe Price and two technology boutiques.  She has her BA from Lehigh University and MBA from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.


Past Speakers

Vanessa Wittman, former Chief Financial Officer of Dropbox Inc. and 2017 Hillard Gold ’39 Lecturer

Yaniv Barzilai, Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State

Dr. Wizdom Powell, Associate Professor in the Department of Health Behavior at UNC Chapel Hill

Robbie Bach, Civic Engineer and Retired President of Microsoft Entertainment and Devices Design

Casey Collins, Americorps Volunteer with Durham’s Habitat for Humanity

Mel Hurston, Senior Vice President of Professional and Support Services for UNC Hospitals

Teresa Artis, Media Attourney

Chesca Colloredo-Mansfeld, Executive Director and Co-Founder of miraclefeet