Serving as an Adams Advisor creates a virtuous cycle: you build relationships with UNC's most successful alums, get inspired working with students, and give back to the University
about the advisors
Adams advisors are successful founders, funders, and high growth executives at various stages in their careers. They come from a broad selection of industries - from technology to clean energy, consumer products to finance - and a diverse range of functional expertise - from marketing to finance, and human resources to strategy. They've created enterprise values across different-sized organizations, from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies to state governments. They are all UNC alums, or friends of UNC, and share a commitment to developing the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders.
We know you are busy! As an Advisor, the Adams Apprenticeship program is designed to make an efficient, high-leverage use of your time. We ask for 3-5 hours of time every six months, but we can increase or decrease your commitment at any time. You will likely receive requests from students for initial networking phone calls or coffee shop meet-ups, where you will review their personal leadership plans. After meeting students, one or two of them may ask you to advise them in a more formal capacity, or perhaps serve on their personal board of advisors. Should you accept, this will be a one hour commitment to the student every six months.
Of course, there are also networking events in the Triangle, New York and San Francisco that we'd love to have you attend.
Meanwhile, students expect your honest, good-intentioned feedback and perspective. They'll be coming to you with the hard questions - "Should I accept my offer at Google or work on my start-up?" - and you are expected to challenge their assumptions, provide advice, and commit to making an impact in their careers.
benefits of mentoring
Here are a few reasons Advisors are committing to the Apprenticeship program:
- Give back to UNC - "I love this school, and this is a unique way to give back."
- Talent identification - "These kids are talented. I want to hire them."
- Opportunity identification - "There are some intriguing businesses being developed by students. I may be able to help them."
- Strengthen personal network with like-minded alums - "This is the most talented, influential group of alums I've been around."
- Have fun - "The energy of the students is contagious, their ideas are inspiring, and I love investing time in them."
Interested in getting involved? Please email Dina Rousset at Dina_Mills@kenan-flagler.unc.edu
List of Adams Advisors
Whitney Low Narcisse
List updated August 2017
J. Q. Adams
John Adams Jr.
Natalie Gonzalez Chavez
James Goodmon, Jr.
C. Scott Hultman