Adams Apprenticeship welcomes new class of aspiring entrepreneurs

On Nov. 17, 2017, The Adams Apprenticeship program brought together advisors and apprentices for a day of camaraderie and collaboration during its annual Fall Conference event at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School.

The event provided attendees with the opportunity to hear insights from a series of alumni entrepreneurial trailblazers including Drew Sechrist and Andrea Perdomo, important programmatic updates including onboarding advisors to our new online mentoring platform, and the interviewing of the 2018 apprentice applicants. 

The Adams Apprenticeship program received 80 applications this year and asked advisors and current apprentices to interview 48 of those applicants. Ultimately, 32 students studying subjects ranging from business and engineering to political science and dramatic art were accepted into the newest class, which includes 18 undergraduate students and 14 graduate students.

“The large number of talented applicants that this competitive program received is an exciting reflection of the growth and development of entrepreneurship both in the Adams Apprenticeship and the UNC community,” said Dina Rousset, Associate Director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies.

The Adams Apprenticeship provides program participants with access to resources that will transform the trajectory of their careers by connecting them with an exclusive network of accomplished advisors, co-curricular coaching sessions, regional networking events and “entrepreneur treks” to New York and San Francisco.

Additionally, experiences such as the annual fall conference and gala and enrollment in the “Entrepreneurs Lab” course, which is taught by Center for Entrepreneurial Studies Director Ted Zoller, will jumpstart the entrepreneurial journeys of the apprentices.

The Adams Apprenticeship encourages student entrepreneurs to reach their highest potential and emphasizes the importance of providing valuable guidance at a critical point in their careers.

The program also seeks to create a sustainable network of contacts by establishing a structure in which graduating apprentices become young advisors, a system that is on track to reach over 500 members by 2020.

“Each student we interviewed is extremely talented and has already demonstrated impressive accomplishments within their respective fields, which makes the selection process so hard. However, unlike other programs that may select based on academic excellence or other accolades, what really makes an apprentice stand out and what gets our advisors in the program so excited to work with them, is their undeniable passion. Whether they are building the next innovative app or a network of volunteers to help tutor impoverished youth, they are jumping out of bed each morning excited to work on what they love. ” said Callie Brauel, Assistant Director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies.

The day concluded with remarks from Vice Chancellor for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development Judith Cone, Ted Zoller and Betabrand founder Chris Lindland while everyone enjoyed a delicious barbeque dinner. 

A full photo gallery from the event can be found here.

The newest class of Apprentices is composed of a diverse group of talented students representing six graduate programs and 13 undergraduate majors. The Adams Class of 2018 is listed below in alphabetical order along with the apprentices’ degrees.




Graduate Students

 Carrie Carson, Kenan-Flagler MBA, Healthcare

 Karthik Chandrasekar, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy

 Brian Dienes, Kenan-Flagler MBA, Marketing and Entrepreneurship

Terrence Driver, Kenan-Flagler MBA, Entrepreneurship

 Nicholas Haigh, UNC School of Law, Consulting

 Damon Hartye, Kenan-Flagler MBA, Sustainable Enterprise and Entrepreneurship

John Huang, Kenan-Flagler MBA, Entrepreneurship

Jesse Martin, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy

Mary Margaret Milley, Kenan-Flagler MBA, Healthcare and Entrepreneurship

Nkechinyere Nwoko, Health Policy and Management

Rachael Paolino, Kenan-Flagler MBA, Healthcare

Alex Waters, Kenan-Flagler MBA, Finance and Entrepreneurship

Emily Wrona, Biomedical Engineering 

Jimmy Xu, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy


Undergraduate Students

Jack Amoroso, Business

Sreya Atluri, Business

Nina Barnett, Physics and Dramatic Arts

Scott Diekema, Philosophy and South Asian Studies

Lucas DiPietrantonio, Business

Caroline Dooley, Business

Talpha Everette, Sustainable Development

Jerry Fung, Economics and Interdisciplinary Studies

Raymundo Garcia, Public Policy

Sabah Kadir, Public Policy

Vibhor Kedia, Economics and Pre-Business

Benjamin Kocan, Computer Science

Joe Nail, Economics and Political Science

Kristin Reed, Biomedical Engineering

Nirvaan Sawhney, Mathematical Decision Sciences and Economics

Anastasia Soule, Public Policy, Economics and Social Innovation

Gabriella Stein, Computer Science

Siddhant Vats, Economics


By Lindsay Thompson

UNC School of Media and Journalism, 2018

Center for Entrepreneurial Studies Senior Marketing Intern