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Mentors in Residence Fall/Spring 2022-2023

Meet with MIRs: Current students as well as alumni can meet with seasoned entrepreneurs who have started and scaled various types of ventures. They can talk to you about your idea, how to access various resources, how to talk to potential customers, and next steps for growing your venture or innovation.

Note: In observance of the holidays, there will be no office hours from December 15 – January 11.

Vickie Gibbs, BSE ’91

Vickie Gibbs, MBA is passionate about inspiring and developing the next generation of entrepreneurs, as well as diverse and inclusive spaces where everyone can bring their full selves. She is the founder and CEO of VLG Strategic Growth Practice, where she works with clients to help them grow and scale their businesses. Her services include fractional CxO services, strategic planning, diverse talent pipeline development, and go-to-market planning. Her expertise includes launching new products and businesses and building and leading diverse teams. She has worked at a number of high-tech startups (e.g., OpenSite, Art.com, Motricity), spent three years with Viacom, and launched four businesses, including a clothing store, a SaaS software company, and two consulting practices. Vickie earned a B.S.E. in Electrical Engineering from Duke University and an M.B.A. from Kenan-Flagler at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Vickie has served on the advisory boards of for-profit and not-for-profit organizations.

OFFICE HOURS (ALL VIRTUAL)
Mondays 1-3pm
Thursdays 12-2pm


Chi Nwogu

Chijioge “Chi” Nwogu, MBA is the co-founder and CEO of GameFlo, a Black-owned gaming company building communities by empowering people on their own terms and to their own abilities. He also serves as a Professor of the Practice of Entrepreneurship at Kenan Flagler Business School, where he has coached and mentored more than 200 student entrepreneurs. After obtaining his B.A. in Economics from Brown University in 2010, Chi worked at JPMorgan before making the transition to sports technology as the CFO for Bloomberg Sports (named one of the “Ten Most Innovative Companies in Sports” by Fast Company in 2011). Chi is a 2018 MBA graduate of Kenan-Flagler Business School and was awarded the inaugural Adams Alumni Pioneer Award in 2020 for his work within the UNC community and beyond. Chi is an avid New York sports fan, bass guitarist, and proud uncle of eight.

OFFICE HOURS (ALL VIRTUAL)
Tuesdays 3-5pm

Wednesdays 11am-1pm


Frank Pollock

For more than 20 years Frank Pollock, MBA has worked at the intersection of marketing, technology, and innovation. He learned his craft at the McCombs School of Business and honed his craft at Frito-Lay, General Mills, and Colgate Palmolive. Currently he is the CMO of Home Lending Pal and BlueRecruit, two venture-backed technology companies.

OFFICE HOURS (ALL VIRTUAL)
Tuesdays 11am-1pm
Thursdays 9am-11am

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