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Susan Jurevics, CEO of Pottermore, Urges Students to Find Ways to Have an Impact at MBA Block Lunch

2014 Block Lunch | Susan Jurevics

Create and support a business environment where people can make mistakes, learn from them and apply those lessons to future work.

Susan Jurevics (MBA ’96), chief executive officer of Pottermore, joined Dean Peter Henry and MBA students for NYU Stern’s Block Lunch event series this spring. Jurevics, an alumna from Stern’s Langone MBA Program for Working Professionals, described her career including stints at Nickelodeon, Barbie/Mattel and, most recently, as senior vice president of global retail CRM and brand marketing at Sony.

Jurevics shared several pieces of advice with students:
  • Take some risks in life
  • Play to your strengths
  • Relationships are key – take advantage of the Stern community
  • Learn how to get the best out of people
  • Make sure that you have trustworthy colleagues and associates who can serve as sounding boards
  • Create and support a business environment where people can make mistakes, learn from them and apply those lessons to future work
  • Look for opportunities to have an impact
Over the course of the semester, students had an opportunity to hear candid perspectives from thought leaders in varied industries. Past speakers for Spring 2014 included Christopher Howard, president of Hampden-Sydney College, and Tom Bernstein, president and co-founder of Chelsea Piers.