Spring 2001 Smith School Graduation Ceremony
"Work to maintain balance in your life."
to maintain balance in your life," was the most important recommendation of all
from Al Carey, PepsiCos senior vice president of sales and retail strategies and
keynote speaker at the Smith School graduation ceremony.
"Don't get me wrong - a successful career can be exhilarating, although I'd
warn you that it won't ever be as great as you imagined, particularly if you're
missing other important aspects of your life; such as family, friends, and other
interests," said Carey. "I've never heard any executive at any point in their
career say, 'I feel like I've spent too much time with my family.'"
Nearly 1,000 Smith School students joined their families and friends in
celebration at the school's spring graduation, Wednesday, May 23, 2001.
Approximately 660 students applied for bachelor's degrees, more than 320 for
master's degrees, and five for Ph.Ds.
"What an exciting time for all of you, as you begin your new careers, and
particularly since you're graduating from an institution that is perhaps more on
the rise than any business school in the U.S.," said Carey in his opening
Carey directs global sales for Pepsi-Cola, Frito-Lay, and Tropicana as well
as long-term sales strategies with the corporation retailers. He also leads
PepsiCos "Power of One" initiative, leveraging the combined strength of the
corporations beverage and snack divisions worldwide. A 1974 University of
Maryland graduate with a B.A. in government, Carey is chairman of the Smith
Schools Campaign Leadership Committee. Last month, Carey received the Smith
School's Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Carey enlightened graduates with five "non-textbook lessons" for professional
and personal success: have confidence and use common sense, have patience, get a
frontline mentor, think like a salesperson, and maintain balance.
He said that everyone is always selling, so thinking like a salesperson is
imperative. "I thought I knew a lot about selling until I heard author Deepak
Chopra speak at a conference and gave a new perspective on a selling mindset. He
said the secret to success in any negotiation or transaction is asking the
following question: 'How can I help you get what you want?'"
Margaret Lassack, a double major in international business and economics and
recipient of the Deans' Graduate of Distinction Award, and Jennifer Darling, a
business major and recipient of this year's Finance Award, also addressed
All University of Maryland graduates gathered in Cole Student Activities
Building on Thursday, May 24 for the
campus convocation. Maryland Governor Parris Glendening was the guest