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.
ADAMS CLASS OF 2018
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
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