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 five hours of time every six months spent networking with Apprentices. You will likely receive requests from students via our online mentoring platform after they’ve finished training, and one or two of the students may ask you to join their personal board of advisors. Should you accept, this will be a one hour commitment to that student every quarter. Meanwhile, students expect good-intentioned feedback, advice and perhaps a door opened every now and then. Since a good portion of networking is initiated at our events, we require advisors to attend a minimum of two events annually.


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 Callie Brauel at 

Mentoring Platform

We have developed an online mentoring platform specifically for the Adams Apprenticeship at This platform facilitates the mentoring relationship between apprentices and advisors. Student “apprentices” are encouraged to have dozens of flash mentoring one-off sessions with different mentors or “advisors”. If you and a student really connect, a student may ask you to enter a long term (3-6 months) mentoring relationship on the platform. This involves the student sharing his or her long and short term goals over the course of 2-3 meetings. At the end of 3-6 months, the student may ask you to be on their board of advisors along with a few other mentors.

This commitment entails in person or virtual meetings to offer career advice to the student for 5 years post-graduation (you can set the timing and duration). Additionally, we provide mentoring resources, a discussion board for you Adams-related questions and all of our Adams events on the Eship Connect platform. If you have not yet received an invite for this platform, please email

Thus far, my experiences within the program have connected me to like-minded mentors who approach the world with curiosity and ambition. Essentially, as apprentices, we view mentors as role models and seek to emulate their successes (and failures) in one way or another in order to foster our own path’s to success. I’ve learned more from 5 minute conversations with certain individuals than semester long courses. – Fletcher Cox, Apprentice 2016

Partial List: Advisors Registered on Eship Connect As of May 2018

Alex Katz

Malcolm Kendall

Brittany Kielhurn

Sami Lachgar

Luke Lechner

Kristen Lee

Kevin Leibel

Erik Lensch

Asher Lipsitz

Garrett Locklear

David Logan

Adriel Lubarsky

Meghan Lyons

Scott Maitland

Merrill Mason

Harry Masters

Marilou McFarlane

Taylor Meyer

Jamen Miller

Bill Moore

Randy Myer

Sunil Nagaraj

Whitnie Low Narcisse

Dave Neal

Chijioge Nwogu

Jack Paley

Jay Patel

Andrea Perdomo

Mihir Pershad

Sean Peterson

Jacob Petralia

Samantha Petrie

Paul Piscitelli

John Pistone

Nash Prince

Jed Record

Nicholas Richardson

Matthew Richmond

Taylor Robinette

Drew Sechrist

Shruiti Shah

Nikita Shamdasani

Tyler Shields

Andrew Skinner

Aaron Smith

Sean Spero

Robert Stevens

Deborah Stroman

Fred Stutzman

Frank Sutton

Eric Teague

Tyler Tonnesen

Edgar Walker

Damian Walker

Chris Wedding

Scott Wells

Sean West

Sophie Whelchel

Allison Wood

List updated May 2018

Scott Albert

Sophia Alvarez

David Ball

Houston Barnes

Fred Barringer

John Bartelme

Nick Black

Dennis Blanco

Phaedra Boinodiris

Will Bondurant

Joseph Bowman

Julian Boyd

Tripp Burwell

Joel Bush

Jennifer Byrne

Brady Campbell

Graham Carroll

Chanel Chamber

Bryce Chaney

Debu Chatterjee

Armando Chekerdemian

Alina Clarke

Tom Collopy

Brent Comstock

Belton Copp

Becca Crabb

Shannon Cummings

Matt Curtis

Matt Dallhoff

Madrid Danner-Smith

Jan Davis

Mitch DeForest

Lister Delgado

Jim Fain

Conor Farese

Warren Feng

Ben Fisher

Leif Forer

J.J. Froehlich

Karla Garcia

Morris Gelblum

Vickie Gibbs

Alain Glanzman

Chris Gorges

Susan Gravely

Mike Griffin

Alec Guettel

Charlotte Guice

Devin Hanaway

Jonathan Harmon

Conor Hartman

Austin Helms

Don Holzworth

Kassra Homaifar

William Hoos

John Howell

Josh Jackson

Ray Jang

William Jarvis