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Meet Our Class of 2018 Fellows: Haylley Johnson


University of North Carolina, Kenan-Flagler Business School

Haylley Johnson is a MBA candidate in UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School’s class of 2020. Preceding her MBA candidacy, Haylley was the lead central planner for GLOBALFOUNDRIES, a global semiconductor manufacturer. In this role, she led the supply planning and revenue reporting processes for 3 manufacturing facilities in North America and Europe and liaised with her Singaporean counterparts. Earlier in her career, she held a variety of supply chain planning roles with IBM, including demand forecasting and supply planning. She was inspired to pursue these roles at IBM by her time as the program coordinator of a sustainable food systems initiative at the University of Vermont (UVM). At UVM, she discovered the power of business to positively impact people and the planet. Haylley’s experiences include project management, data analytics, supply and demand optimization, and strategic planning. Haylley holds a BA in English and Economics from the University of Vermont, and in her free time, she enjoys eating tasty food and traveling (to eat more tasty food).


What made you consider business school?

I chose to pursue an MBA in order to merge my passions for sustainability and global operations management. To be able to effectively tackle the challenges facing sustainable enterprises, I also needed to establish a more holistic picture of the global business landscape because sustainability challenges and their solutions are cross-functional and inter-organizational. Attending business school was an opportunity for me to build a more end-to-end skill set in business beyond the roles I have already taken on during my career.


What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?

I am very excited to meet and collaborate with other creative and passionate business students. There is so much to learn from others and their experiences, and when multiple ideas are brought to the table, so much more can be achieved. Also, I can hardly wait to dig into the coursework and learn more about sustainable enterprise and global business strategies.


Who are some leaders (in the LGBT community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?

Paul Polman, the CEO of Unilever, truly inspires me through his commitment to sustainable capitalism, as well as his belief in the power of partnerships and sustainable development. In a recent interview with Forbes, he stated that “sustainability isn’t just the right thing to do, it is essential to drive business growth,” and that concept is very exciting to me.

Also, I found a great example of leadership in my first manager at IBM, Kristin McClure. She was exceptional at leading a team, and she ensured that the team had growth opportunities, a collaborative community, and the tools each individual required to be successful.


What's one thing everyone should know about you?

I am a huge foodie who cares about making delicious sustainable food. Supporting sustainable agriculture, reducing waste through optimization, and increasing the accessibility of real food are just a few of the related challenges that excite me. Overall, I want to drive positive economic, social and ecological change through food in business.