Michelle Kimbrough (left) and Charlotte "Charlie" Burnett at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

After serving in the military together, two friends became classmates at Carolina, pursuing MBA degrees and making an impact on campus in the process.

Friendships can change the course of your life. Just ask Charlotte “Charlie” Burnett and Michelle Kimbrough. They met in 2014 while serving in the U.S. Army at Fort Bragg.

Kimbrough served for more than seven years as a logistics officer under the Special Operations Command and the 101st Airborne, deploying in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Burnett served as a human resources officer in the Special Operations Command — an organization that continually deploys hundreds of soldiers across 10 countries in the Pacific Region — for four years.

Together they have executed yoga poses, run triathlons and 5Ks, and volunteered for the community. They launched the Fort Bragg Women’s Mentorship Network, and nurtured each other’s leadership.

Naturally, they decided to earn their MBAs at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. Members of the Class of 2019, they lived together at the start of the full-time MBA Program and went on to become rock-star student leaders.

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Originally published Jan. 14, 2019.

 

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