Experience isn’t just a buzz word scattered across college websites to Charlotte Burnett. It’s what comes to mind when she thinks of her time at UNC Kenan-Flagler's Business School.
The school celebrated the Undergraduate Business Program’s 100th anniversary on Monday, capping off a century of shaping future business leaders with real-world experience and a balanced education.
Burnett, an MBA candidate at the Kenan-Flagler, attributed some of her most formative experiences at Kenan-Flagler to her position as president of Carolina Women in Business, a student-run organization dedicated to career and professional development. Burnett said the position helped her learn how to effectively lead her peers as she would if she were running her own small business.
“In today’s day, if you go to start your own business, or even if you’re working within a business, there’s a 99 percent chance that you’re going to be working with and leading your peers,” Burnett said. “And so that was exactly what I had to with CWIB. I had to find creative ways to ask my board, who ultimately are my friends as well, to do things that they probably don’t always want to do.”
Burnett, who previously served as a human resources officer in the U.S. Army at Fort Bragg, said she had wanted to find a business school that would foster a collaborative environment and a sense of grit among its students.