Dr. Jack McCarthy Delivers “Last Lecture” to Graduating Class of 2018

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May 30th, 2018

Screen Shot 2018-05-30 at 11.33.53 AMEvery year at the Questrom School of Business, one professor is chosen to deliver a “last lecture” to the entire class of graduating business students prior to their graduation ceremony. This year Dr. Jack McCarthy, HHHP Director and Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior, was given this honor. 

On their last day of class, the senior graduating class filled Questrom’s formal 400-seat auditorium. Dr. McCarthy’s lecture discussed the great leadership challenges of the 21st century and reminded the graduating students of their responsibility to take action to make our world better and more inclusive than it is today. As a central part of the lecture, Dr. McCarthy described the incredible work being done at The Young Women’s Leadership School of Astoria, a network of public schools for girls in NYC with affiliates in six states that aims to provide economically disadvantaged girls with a high-quality college preparatory education.

Our Fellows and Staff had the opppoutunity to visit the school on our annual New York Professional and Cultural Trip in March 2018. We had the chance to meet their inspiring students, as well as the wonderful STEAM (science, tech, engineering, arts, math) teacher Andrea Chaves and their outstanding Principal Dr. Allison Persad. Dr. McCarthy was greatly impressed by the work TWYLSA does to shape young leaders to better face the challenges of the future and wanted to share this message with the graduating class. In addition to explaining the work done by the educators at TWYLSA, he included a video produced by some of the girls at the school about confidence and self acceptance, which can be viewed below.

We look forward to continuing to work with and be inspired by TWYLSA as we work together towards the common mission of shaping the leaders of tomorrow.