Mackenzie Thomas is currently serving her second term as Co-President of the Campus Y. Prior to being Co-President, Mackenzie co-chaired Catalyst Conference and was a member of Best Buddies & HOPE. During her first term as Co-President, Mackenzie strived to engage constituents throughout campus in constructive dialogue while working with the Executive Board to formalize modes for social justice action. Mackenzie oversaw the creation the YFund, an internal microgrant program as well as campaigns, a means to organize and mobilize the general body of the Y towards a pressing social justice issue. This spring, Mackenzie successfully ran for Co-President with Jagir Patel under the belief that diversity in passions and unity through collaboration distinguish the Y from any other organization.
Academically, Mackenzie is pursuing an Economics degree with minors in Scientific Entrepreneurship and Business Administration at Kenan Flagler Business School. Her passion for entrepreneurship and pursuit of the Minor in Entrepreneurship stems from her innate drive to be action and project oriented. Through the Minor in Entrepreneurship, Mackenzie interned at a young startup in Beijing during the summer of 2011, gaining a taste of the entrepreneurial spirit in the burgeoning Chinese economic ecosystem. Mackenzie is serving as the Teaching Assistant for the Minor in Entrepreneurship for the 2012-2013 year.
In her first year at Carolina, Mackenzie was selected as a member of the Chancellor’s Student Innovation Team (CSIT), to aid the university in refining a long-term strategy for innovation. Throughout her first three years, Mackenzie chaired the both the student life and applied sciences committees of CSIT. Now, Mackenzie is co-chairing CSIT as she aims to connect the diverse array of innovative pursuits, namely those socially minded, throughout campus.
In 2011, Mackenzie co-founded Carolina Creates: Global Initiative, through which she co-directed the first annual TEDxUNC Conference. TEDxUNC brought together over 10 innovative thinkers to discuss their approaches to some of humanity’s fundamental concerns. The speakers’ creativity stemmed from linking resource networks, exploring across disciplines, transgressing cultural boundaries, and seeking simple, tangible solutions. In leading Carolina Creates: Global Initiative, Mackenzie also seeks to foster social and global entrepreneurship through student connection to the Global Entrepreneur-in-Residence by facilitating workshops and segmented events. Mackenzie continues to co-direct Carolina Creates during the 2012-2013 year.
Mackenzie hails from Huntington, New York and is a die-hard Yankees & Tar Heel fan. In her free time, Mackenzie enjoys snowboarding, racquetball, photography, and instrumental music, playing seven instruments. In her fourth grade yearbook, Mackenzie wrote that her life goals were to go to UNC and play on the US Women's National Soccer Team. As of now, it seems that only one of the two came to fruition!
Ambition: To channel my entrepreneurial passion to fill societal needs, relive my high school marching band glory days, speak at TED, and someday, after touching foot on every continent, end up at the place that has transformed me as a global citizen & hopeful individual, AKA Chapel Hill.
Best Carolina Memory: Every single day, I am overwhelmed with pure bliss as I walk through campus and realize just how lucky I am to be here. That being said, some favorite memories include: HOLI 2011, climbing the Great Wall with 14 other Tar Heels, being backstage the moment before TEDxUNC 2012 started, the Catalyst rave 2011, & the first time I tried an eggplant quesadilla at Cosmic.
Campus Y Goal: To honor the Y's 152-year-old legacy as the "conscience of the university" and act upon the inspiration and passion that seeps from our members, who are some of the most INCREDIBLE people on this planet.