Kenan Institute Leadership Fellow Wins Distinguished Young Alum Award

Monday, November 27, 2017

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For someone so young, Nick Black (Kenan-Flagler MBA ’13) has racked up more accolades than many people twice his age:  Kenan Institute Leadership Fellow (precursor to the current Kenan Scholars program), Rollie Tillman Leadership Award, and Presidential Leadership Scholar, not to mention the numerous medals he won as a member of the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team.

Now Nick can add Distinguished Young Alumni to the list.  The General Alumni Association presented the annual award to Nick and two other young alums at the GAA Board of Directors’ fall meeting.

The Distinguished Young Alumni Award was established in 1989, and recognizes UNC alumni age 40 or younger whose achievements have brought credit to the University.

Nick’s approach to leadership is firmly grounded in service to others. Nick served 27 months in combat zones in Afghanistan. In 2010, while on his second combat tour, he partnered with two other veterans to found Stop Soldier Suicide.  The nonprofit provides free case management that makes sense of available resources and services to support veterans in need, many of whom struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries.  Nick then built on that experience to co-found Victory Social Capital, a principal investment firm specializing in social impact investments, particularly nonprofit rehabilitative organizations, which led to an eight million dollar investment.  Next, he partnered again to establish GoodUnited, which is helping nonprofits easily search and discover the people and data within Facebook Fundraisers.

In spite of his many achievements, Nick remains humble, and credits UNC, Kenan-Flagler Business School, and the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise with setting him on the path to success.  “UNC is filled with the best people,” he says, “The business school taught me how to think.  The institute helped me see the opportunities that exist at the intersection of public and private enterprise.  That lens motivates, challenges, and inspires me, and I’m forever grateful.”

From jumping out of airplanes to jumping into business ventures, Nick is fearless when it comes to doing good in the world.  The Kenan Institute congratulates Nick Black on his latest honor.  We’re sure there’ll be many more to come.