From CA to NC: Why I chose UNC Kenan-Flagler

Kendra Perlitz (MBA '11)

Kendra Perlitz (MBA ’11)

I am a native Californian. After working for five years in a finance role in the Bay Area, I began my MBA search. Alumni presence on and off campus was critical for any program I applied to, because I knew that I wanted to return to San Francisco upon graduation – and that I would need assistance when competing with the local, highly-qualified business school graduates.

The job market was not easy, but I don’t believe it was harder because I was 3,000 miles away from my desired city. If you network and proactively search for internships and full-time employment starting on day one of your MBA journey, the UNC network will be there to help you.

Before I accepted the offer to attend UNC Kenan-Flagler, I attended a UNC-Duke basketball viewing and networking event hosted by Bill Starling (BSBA ’75), CEO of Synecor, and was blown away by the diversity of this powerful network. They promised me that if I went to UNC Kenan-Flagler, I would be able to make it home to California — and they were 100% correct. The summer between my first and second year, I worked at a healthcare startup in San Francisco, which was backed by a Carolina alumnus. I secured my job at McKesson early in the spring semester of my second year – largely because of that internship and strong personal recommendations from UNC alumni.

After completing a two-year finance rotational program, I am a senior manager of US Pharma FP&A at McKesson. I would not be here today without my UNC Kenan-Flagler network, and I’m confident that this network will help me obtain professional aspirations in the future as well.

Please feel free to contact me about any questions you might have about attending UNC Kenan-Flagler. I would be more than happy to talk to prospective students. Go Heels!

By Kendra Perlitz (MBA ’11)