Executive Development Blog

UNC-Chapel Hill: A Brief History

Posted by UNC Executive Development on Dec 18, 2014 12:45:37 PM

Chartered in 1789 and built in 1793, the University of North Carolina became the first public institute of higher education. The site of the University was marked only by a small chapel - New Hope Chapel Hill - and its surrounding community. Legislator and trustee William R. Davie was an integral part of gaining the charter for the University, and once the ground was broken, he took the lead in organizing the University.

South Building- UNC-Chapel Hill

The first building open on the UNC campus was Old East. It opened for students n January 1795 with the first student enrolled being Hinton James on February 12, 1795.  The next two buildings added to the University were Person Hall and South Building.  All three respective buildings are older than any other American state university building.  The second state university did not begin classes until 1801 when a few students from nearby academies assembled under a large tree in Athens, Georgia for instruction.  By then, four classes had already graduated at Chapel Hill, and there were to be three more before the first diplomas were issued in Georgia.

The University has always been in a state of constant change. From adding buildings and increasing enrollment to developing new schools and graduate programs, UNC has remained ahead of the curve throughout its years of existence being the first in many areas, such as developing a summer school. All areas of education were promoted at UNC from an early start. Medical and pharmaceutical buildings were established while the School of Library Science was developed as the first of its kind. The University was able to accomplish so much due to the generosity of alumni, student fees, and continuous donors such as the Kenan Family who, in addition to many other things, established scholarship funds and donated the football stadium to the University.

Since its establishment, UNC has proven to be one of the most successful universities in the country.  The University has produced governors - not only for North Carolina but also for many other states - and countless other professionals, including cabinet members, clergymen, diplomats, engineers, geologists, judges, legislators, surveyors, teachers, as well as a President and a Vice President of the United States.   

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UNC Executive Development: Accelerating Diversity in the Workplace II

Posted by UNC Executive Development on Dec 16, 2014 11:17:59 AM

The benefits of a diverse workforce have been thoroughly researched and highly publicized over the past two decades, yet it remains elusive for many organizations. Technology giants Google, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Apple recently acknowledged the lack of diversity among their employees, most of whom are white or Asian and male. They pledged to do a better job in recruiting, retaining, and developing diversity in their workplaces understanding that workforce diversity is intricately linked to their customers, and ultimately, to their profitability. They are right to do so. These organizations are aware of the profits they leave on the table when they do not leverage diversity in the workplace and marketplace.

accelerating diversity in the workplace

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UNC Executive Development- How New Technology is Changing L&D Delivery

Posted by UNC Executive Development on Dec 11, 2014 1:10:04 PM

As technology continues to transform the way we interact with others and social media continues to expand exponentially, organizations that take advantage of technological platforms and implement new learning and development delivery strategies will gain a competitive advantage. If you have taken part in a webinar, teleseminar, or any kind of online learning platform, then you have experienced firsthand how technologies are changing the way learning and development is delivered. In the coming years, there will be greater emphasis on computer-supported collaborative learning, mobile learning, and informal learning through social media.UNC Executive Development- Changes in L&D Delivery

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Accelerating Diversity for a Better Bottom Line

Posted by Kip Kelly on Dec 9, 2014 10:43:00 AM

Below is an excerpt from a recent white paper written by Horace McCormick, a program director here at UNC Executive Development.  The paper explores the value of diversity and offers tips to help organizations leverage diversity to boost the bottom line.


Organizations rich in ethnic, gender, and sexual orientation diversity are more innovative, creative, and demonstrate better decision making and problem solving, all of which leads to an improved bottom line (Philips, 2014). Josh Greenberg from The Multicultural Advantage website also notes that diversity boosts an organization’s adaptability because it helps employees generate a better variety of solutions to problems and allocation of resources than more homogeneous workforces. Diversity also helps employers more effectively offer a broader range of services because they retain employees with a deeper set of skills and experiences (like language and cultural understanding) that can give their organizations a competitive advantage by providing more effective services on a global basis (Greenberg, n.d.). Diverse organizations also foster a variety of viewpoints, and when CEOs and leaders really take heed, can generate better ideas that lead to improved creativity and innovation (Blanchard, 2014).

There have been a number of studies that demonstrate the benefits of workforce diversity. A 2012 study by business professors Cristian Deszo from the University of Maryland and David Ross from Columbia University found that having women at the top management levels led to an increase of $42 million in firm value. The study also examined “innovation intensity” and found that organizations which promoted innovation intensity experienced more financial gains when women were part of the top leadership team (Philips, 2014).

Diversity white paper from UNC Executive Development

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Topics: leadership, Gen Y, UNC, talent management, talent development, high-potential talent, leadership development, multigenerational workforces, learning and development, diversity

How Technology is Transforming Talent Acquisition

Posted by UNC Executive Development on Dec 4, 2014 11:13:00 AM

Check out this UNC white paper written by Shelly Gorman.

Technology Is Transforming How Employers Find Talent

We are living through an exciting era in technology development—the emergence of interactive, social media and virtual technologies whose business applications are not yet fully realized. “Marketing professionals were quick to use these technologies,” notes Michele Gorman, director of career management for UNC’s MBA@UNC program. “The application of these technologies to talent identification and development has progressed a little more slowly--and in today’s economy where money is tight and resources are scarce, being more deliberative is probably a wise approach,” Gorman observes.


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Managing the Multigenerational Workplace- UNC Executive Development

Posted by UNC Executive Development on Dec 2, 2014 9:43:35 AM

In this day and age, the work place is no longer dominated by one generation with a single set of shared values and professional standards; the business world is now filled with a variety of generations that come from different backgrounds and hold different priorities.  


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UNC Executive Development Rizzo Center History and Expansion

Posted by UNC Executive Development on Nov 25, 2014 9:52:04 AM

With the opening of the Paul J. Rizzo Conference Center at Meadowmont, the Kenan- Flagler Business School and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill unveiled the ideal executive education center. The latest developments in conference technology have been brought together in one setting – a perfect blending of innovation in a pastoral setting conducive to reflection and thought.


The Rizzo Center is a conference center comprised of three separate buildings: The Dubose House, Loudermilk Hall, and McLean Hall. The Dubose House is the social gathering center, Loudermilk Hall is the main education building, and McLean Hall is the residence building equipped with guestrooms for those participating in UNC Executive Development programs.

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On-Demand Leadership Development

Posted by UNC Executive Development on Nov 20, 2014 9:11:55 AM

Read below, a summary on Jessica Brack's white paper discussing the potential of on-demand learning.

Unlocking the Potential of On-Demand Learning in the Workplace

Employees and employers face the same dilemma these days when it comes to keeping skills sharp; neither has the time nor the money to spend on long-term learning and development opportunities.

“It’s a real challenge,” notes Jessica Brack, managing director for UNC’s Executive Development program.  “There is a direct, positive link between providing meaningful learning and development opportunities to employees and job satisfaction--when you train employees, job satisfaction increases, as does employee retention. With budgets being so tight these days, training is too often the first place employers look to cut.”

“On-demand e-learning may be the answer to meeting tight budgets while still offering employees the training and development they need and desire,” reports Brack. Today’s e-learning takes advantage of technological advances to allow all participants to interact and collaborate with each other without the costs (like time, travel and accommodation expenses, etc.) associated with traditional classroom-style instruction. E-learning can save employees valuable time by eliminating travel time and offers much-needed flexibility because it can happen at any time and anywhere.


E-learning has rapidly evolved over the past decade, growing from a traditional, transfer-of-learning approach to include new technologies such as discussion boards, blogs, wikis and other social interaction tools that allow participants to engage with each other and their instructors.

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Topics: leadership, high-potential talent, learning and development, e-learning

Mabel Miguel on Teamwork and Leadership- UNC Executive Development

Posted by UNC Executive Development on Nov 18, 2014 9:13:51 AM

UNC Executive Development has an edge on the competition for a multitude of reasons, one of those being the highly successful faculty members that teach and perform research there. Mabel Miguel first took on a role at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School as a doctoral student, and now she is a professor teaching executives and graduate students leadership and management courses. We asked Mabel for insights into her career, accomplishments, and experiences working with UNC Kenan-Flagler.

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Beyond Smiley Sheets: Measuring the ROI of Learning and Development

Posted by UNC Executive Development on Nov 13, 2014 9:55:37 AM

Here's a summary of one of our white papers by Keri Bennington and Tony Laffoley:

Measure the ROI of Learning and Development

A recent report by the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development found that evaluation of learning and development (L&D) programs was a top priority in organizations. Despite this finding, calculating return on investment (ROI) on L&D programs is seldom done, and too often, it rarely involves going beyond asking for feedback (e.g., “smiley sheets”) from participants immediately after the event.

Beyond Smiley Sheets 

Calculating the effectiveness of L&D programs can be a challenge, particularly when the programs involve the development of softer skills such as improved collaboration, decision making, innovativeness and the ability to think strategically—common learning objectives in many leadership development programs and a critical development area in many organizations. It can be difficult to assign a hard-dollar value to such skills, or to show a correlation between the learning initiative and acquisition of the targeted skills.

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Topics: talent management, talent development, learning and development