Carolina Women in Business Hosts Conference at UNC Kenan-Flagler Nov. 7

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Speakers, workshops and panels will explore the theme “Next-generation business equality: Moving beyond the ‘what is’ to the ‘what could be.’”

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Carolina Woman in Business (CWIB) will host its ninth annual conference Nov. 7 at the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School.

The conference will feature a welcome message by UNC Chancellor Carol Folt and keynote addresses by:

  • Claire Leonardi, CEO of Connecticut Innovations
  • Michele Buck (MBA ’87), president-North America of The Hershey Company

Panels and workshops throughout the day will center on the theme “Next-generation business equality: Moving beyond the ‘what is’ to the ‘what could be.’”

Panels include:

  • “Encouraging women to make riskier moves in business” with Becky Barnes (MBA ’95), IBM; Amy Baker (BSBA ’93, MAC ’93), EY; Denise Harmann, BASF; and Chanel Chambers, Microsoft
  • “How do you welcome women in the workplace?”– the first-ever all-male panel at the CWIB Conference – with Battle Moore (MBA ’11), Wells Fargo; Benjamin Foster, Scott Madden; and Steve Sutton, Volvo Group
  • “Improving female representation across industries” with Trish Ferris (MBA ’04), Scott Madden; Erin Bernhardt (EMBA ’03), Eastman Chemical; Karin Cochran (MBA ’99), N.C. Department of Cultural Resources; and Hope Bynum, Volvo Group

Workshops include:

  • “Gender 101” with Elizabeth Dickenson, UNC Kenan-Flagler
  • “Powered by partnership” with Betsy Polk and Maggie Ellis, The Mulberry Partners
  • “Winning the meeting and leveraging your executive presence” with Alison Fragale and Tim Flood, UNC Kenan-Flagler

Conference sponsors include Scott Madden, Volvo, Liberty Mutual, ExxonMobil, BASF, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and BB&T.

CWIB is a student organization that provides the women of UNC Kenan-Flagler with opportunities for career and community development and networking opportunities in preparation for their post-MBA journeys.

The event is open to all UNC students, faculty, staff, alumni and members of the business community. Student tickets are $10. UNC alumni, faculty and staff tickets are $15. General admission is $20. For more information and to register, go to

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