The Pioneering MBAs In The Class Of 2019

Kathryn Hennigan 

University of North Carolina, Kenan-Flagler Business School 

Describe yourself in 15 words or less: Urban hiking enthusiast by way of Boston and San Francisco, currently back in North Carolina.

Hometown: Mooresville, North Carolina

Fun Fact About Yourself: In college, I participated in a Peruvian archaeological dig featured in National Geographic.

Undergraduate School and Major: Harvard College, Social Anthropology

Employers and Job Titles Since Graduation:

Public Consulting Group, Business Analyst

Houzz, Industry Marketing Manager

Houzz, Partnerships Manager

Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far:  Moving across the country to San Francisco without any job prospects and making the transition from consulting to marketing at a tech company is my biggest accomplishment so far. With a little bit of faith and determination, I landed at Houzz and worked on the industry marketing team there for the past three years. Being able to experience life in Silicon Valley and working at a start-up during a tremendous growth phase were invaluable experiences for me and taught me countless skills and lessons that will inform the rest of my career endeavors.

Looking back on your experience, what one piece of advice would you give to future business school applicants? For me, a huge part of applying for business school was trusting the process and being myself. Each school that you apply to will have different essay topics, and I found those to be a great way to express myself authentically and determine fit with different programs. Your responses to the essay prompts will click with some schools and won’t click with others, but knowing that you represented yourself honestly will help guide your process and match you to the best school for you.

What was the key factor that led you to choose this program for your full-time MBA and why was it so important to you? A key factor that led me to UNC Kenan-Flagler was the top-notch MBA real estate program. I was also very impressed with the collaborative nature and sense of community that I felt from everyone I encountered from the School throughout my application process. I used to think that business school would be very cutthroat and competitive (not my ideal learning environment), but at UNC Kenan-Flagler I found exactly the opposite. It’s a place that is a true community, where everyone is supportive and invested in each other’s successes. That aspect of a school was very important to me and one of the main reasons that drew me to UNC Kenan-Flagler.

What would success look like to you after your first year of business school?  To me, a successful first year of business school would include forming high quality, meaningful relationships with all of my classmates; having a solid foundation in the core curriculum as well as starting to explore real estate classes; and securing a real estate development internship in a major city on the east coast.

  • dilma

    Hello John,

    What is your explanation for this year delay in releasing the employment reports of most top schools? I see only Booth results this year…

  • BigBangTrigger

    aand she is dating the oscar guy at CBS !

  • D.B. Cooper

    When is this GMAT arms race going to end? Average scores keep inflating like crazy…

  • Joe

    I heard a girl at Stern has an Emmy award…

  • Claptone

    The school with the 7th highest gmat is really struggling. Stanford eats their lunch. They hate it.

  • Claptone

    But the number then should be closer to the 91%, because in the 941 you also have to include the 2+2 from previous years who are enrolling this year.

    If they are already included it means that:
    Accepted in 2017: 1,138
    Enrolled in 2017: 941 – previous 2+2
    2+2 from 2017: 1,138-(941-previous 2+2)

    Assuming there are ~100 2+2 from previous year matriculating this year (there were 106 commits last year), it means that out of the 1,138, 300 of them are 2+2 – very high.

  • The HBS acceptances include 2+2 admits who don’t immediately enroll. That is why you think the yield rate is lower than Harvard’s published number. As for where we got the numbers? It’s called reporting. We don’t wait for schools to report the numbers. We call them up and ask for them.

  • Calptone, where we got the numbers? It’s called reporting. We got them from the schools, many of which don’t publicly release some of these numbers.

  • Claptone

    Your numbers on page 2 are wrong. If HBS accepted 1,138 but only enrolled 941 it means their yield is 83%. On their website they say it’s 91%.

    Frankly, I don’t know where you got all those accepted numbers since they haven’t been publicly released.

  • Jacob

    Ya, not sure how you claim to be the best school if you have the 7th-9th highest GMAT class average. Most use the GMAT as the most common metric of determining student-body quality.

  • Joe

    So it looks like the GMAT Ranking is 1. Stanford, 2. Kellogg, 3. Booth & Wharton, 5. Harvard. Harvard won’t even publish a mean because they know its sub-730 and might even be below Yale, and UC Berkeley. Maybe as low as 7th or 8th place.