Education Anywhere 

UNC Kenan-Flagler was one of the first leading business schools to offer an online M.B.A. program.

From piloting Black Hawk combat helicopters in the U.S. Army to serving as a program director in the nonprofit sector, MBA@UNC alumna Allison Hughes (M.B.A. ’14) has experienced much in her working life. But one of her defining moments was also one of her most trying: the wound inflicted on her husband by a roadside bomb while he was deployed as an officer in Afghanistan. Allison was inspired by this tragedy to develop “Heels on the Ground,” an initiative to enrich and improve the lives of Gold Star spouses and caregivers of severely wounded Green Berets through local support networks, workshops and retreats.

MBA@UNC enabled Allison to pursue her dream while taking a nontraditional path through school. Heels on the Ground is thriving; in addition to being recognized by our faculty as “the most likely new venture to succeed,” it has received valuable funding from the Green Beret Foundation. Allison is just one of hundreds of students who benefit from the flexibility of our online programs as we seek to develop the best and brightest leaders, regardless of circumstance.

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