Executive Lunch Connects Business Leaders with MBA and PMBA Students

Rutgers School of Business-Camden alumnus James McCarthy (center) spoke with MBA and PMBA students as part of the executive lunch series.

Rutgers School of Business-Camden alumnus James McCarthy (center) spoke with MBA and PMBA students as part of the executive lunch series.

James McCarthy looked around a table of 19 aspiring and established business professionals and wished for a moment that he could switch places with them.

“I’d be interested in sitting in your seats to ask you questions and get your perspective,” McCarthy told the group. The Rutgers School of Business–Camden alumnus was as eager to listen to his audience’s experiences as they were to receive his sage advice.

“This gives me a chance to directly connect with students and understand their interests, concerns, and perceptions of business as much as it allows them to learn from me,” said McCarthy, managing director and co-head of global liquidity management for Goldman Sachs.

The importance of that kind of transparency and two-way communication is just one of the messages McCarthy delivered during Rutgers University–Camden’s Executive Lunch Series on April 10.

The event, held each semester, provides students in Rutgers–Camden’s master of business administration and professional master of business administration programs with the opportunity to meet with local business executives to learn what it takes to succeed in business. This spring’s luncheon was held at Caffe Aldo Lamberti in Cherry Hill.

“Clearly, everyone in this room has their own strategy and part of that strategy is understanding the skills required to be successful, as well as your strengths and weaknesses, your passions, and your goals,” McCarthy told the group. “When you put all of those things together, all it takes is just executing the plan.”

At Goldman Sachs, McCarthy, a Moorestown resident, is responsible for overseeing the management of more than $250 billion of short duration fixed income and money market assets. He joined the firm in 1995 as a vice president and portfolio manager and was named managing director in 2004. McCarthy is currently a member of the Goldman Sachs’ Investment Strategy Committee. He earned his bachelor’s degree in finance from the Rutgers School of Business–Camden in 1986.

At the executive luncheon, he spoke to Rutgers–Camden MBA and PMBA students about the recent economic recession, the current market, leadership, mentorship, business management, and finding a balance between home life and work life.

“It’s an honor to simply sit at the table with Mr. McCarthy and hear about the little things it takes to build and manage a successful company,” says Jamillah Mantilla, a PMBA student who founded her own consulting firm.

McCarthy, who in 2014 delivered the keynote address for the Rutgers School of Business–Camden’s 2014 commencement ceremony, has returned to Rutgers–Camden as a guest professor, an advisory board member for an advanced portfolio management course, a panelist for Rutgers–Camden’s Business Outlook, an advisory board member for the Rutgers School of Business–Camden’s Center for Investment Management, and a member of the Dean’s Leadership Council.

“One of the things I hope the students take away from this discussion is the pride I have for Rutgers,” he said. “As they go forward in their careers, maybe they can think of ways in which they can give back. The biggest benefit Rutgers can provide its students is to allow them to stay in touch with alumni. The more we do programs like this, the more relationships we’ll build with students who will one day make their own contributions to future generations of Rutgers students.”

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