UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Inside Kenan Flagler: Diversity Day 2020 Agenda

We are excited to invite prospective Full-Time MBA students from historically underrepresented groups to join us for an exclusive opportunity to dive deeper into how we are furthering our mission of diversity at UNC Kenan-Flagler.


Saturday, October 24, 2020
10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.Welcome

Presenter: Kate Kryder, Associate Director of Full-Time MBA Admissions & Student Recruitment
10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.Keynote Speakers
Niki (UNC '15) and Ritika Shamdasani of Sani
Sisters Niki and Ritika Shamdasani founded Sani, a South Asian-inspired fashion brand, in 2017 with the goal of creating the outfits and shopping experience they always wished they could find for cultural clothing. Niki and Ritika saw a need in the market for consumers to be able to conveniently access the best of South Asian fashion in the United States and that mission has led to a first-of-its-kind partnership with Rent the Runway, features in Business Insider, NBC, and Good Morning America, and a loyal following of 75,000 on TikTok.

Niki founded Sani after starting her career in venture capital and consulting. She graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill as a Morehead-Cain Scholar in 2015 and then joined Deloitte’s federal consulting practice. Soon after, she was asked to come on as the Chief of Staff at Matter, a startup accelerator for early stage media companies. She left Matter in 2017 to start Sani.

Ritika was a high schooler in Fayetteville, North Carolina when Sani was founded. Through summers spent with Girls Who Code, Kode with Klossy, and Amazon, she cultivated her interest in technology x fashion. She is now studying Fashion Development and Product Management at North Carolina State University, where she is a Park Scholar.
11:15 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.Break
11:20 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.Mock MBA Admissions Committee
Have you ever wanted to be a fly on the wall while admissions decisions were made? Ever wonder how applications are really reviewed? Here's your chance to be on a committee and experience what it's like to make these decisions! Attendees will sit in the seat of a college application committee, in order to understand the ways that colleges are choosing among students, and how different aspects of students' backgrounds and academic records come into play when selecting MBA candidates. 

Presenter: Danielle Richie, Senior Associate Director of Full-Time MBA Admissions & Student Recruitment
12:20 p.m. - 12:40 p.m.Lunch Break
Take 20-minutes to make lunch, check an email or two, stretch, and then rejoin us for the Lunch Discussion.
12:40 p.m. - 1:40 p.m.Lunch Discussion: MBA Student Experience Panel
Hear from current students at Kenan-Flagler about their MBA experience. 

Moderator: Kate Kryder, Associate Director of Full-Time MBA Admissions & Student Recruitment

Rose Telus (MBA '22)
Sofia Skliros (MBA '22)
Lauren Valdez (MBA '21)
William Keyes (MBA '21)
Stephanie Wilkes (MBA '21)
1:40 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.Break
1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.Career & Leadership: Building Your Inclusive Brand
How do we represent our professional brand in a dynamic and increasingly diverse marketplace? In this session, participants will be asked to re-evaluate their professional brand through the lenses of authenticity, transparency and integrity. We will explore questions pertaining to the development of a consistent brand that speaks to the many facets of our working selves while addressing concerns of fit and vulnerability. Questions grounded in how we represent our individuality, values and viewpoints will be woven into an interactive discussion centering on how we can move beyond being a good fit to a brand demonstrating how we are a cultural add. 

Susanne Killian, Associate Director of Career Coaching and Career & Leadership for MBA & Alumni
2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.Closing Remarks

Presenter: Kate Kryder, Associate Director of Full-Time MBA Admissions & Student Recruitment