Former Campus Y Co-President Mackenzie Thomas is currently an Associate Product Marketing Manager at Google, where she formulates and executes marketing strategies for Google globally and domestically. At Google, Mackenzie has spearheaded the Google+ LGBT equality week that led to the Google Olympics Doodle, which made Google the 2nd major corporation to take a stand for LGBT equality in Sochi (50+ press hits). She has also led the strategic development & execution for the first-ever donate-able Google Hangout for Giving Tuesday, which made 130M+ social media impressions and was featured in Times Square. She also assisted in the planning of a Nelson Mandela virtual tribute featuring the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, Richard Branson, & Anderson Cooper, and many more accomplishments.
Before working for Google, Mackenzie was a Teaching Assistant for the UNC Entrepreneurship Minor, where she designed and launched an honors first-year seminar on lean startup methodology & business model generation, created a communication plan to increase the collaboration of 100+ students & the local entrepreneurial community, and completed daily logistics & operations for the Entrepreneurship Minor (100+ students, 5 faculty) for ECON 325: Introduction to Entrepreneurship, the gateway course of the entrepreneurship minor.
She has also been Co-Director of the UNC Chancellor's Student Innovation Team, a position for which she was selected by Chancellor Holden Thorp to help the university refine a strategy for innovation in applied sciences, student life, social impact, and the arts & humanities.
At UNC, she was Co-Founder & Co-Curator of TEDxUNC. She designed & produced TEDxUNC 2012 & 2013, which had a combined 12K live views and 65K on-demand views, curated the content, managed the logistics of 1200 attendees, and organized $40K+ of partnership funding.
As an undergraduate at UNC, Mackenzie was a two-term 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.