Loyola University Chicago

Quinlan School of Business

Carol McCarthy

MBA '85; president and owner of Remedy

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Spending lazy, beautiful days with the people I love most—my husband, sons, mom, sisters, and my best friends—and enjoying life's simple celebrations.

What is your greatest fear?
Losing my health and love of learning. 

Which talent would you most like to have?
To be a modern dancer.

Who are your heroes in real life?
My dad and mom, who showed me that life's obstacles can be overcome by drive, determination, and a sense of humor.

What qualities do you most admire in business professionals?
Those that set a high bar for their work and their team, willingness to take risk instead of playing it safe, and known for their honest and respectful style of doing business.

Which qualities do you dislike?
Business people who put their personal agenda ahead of the work, the team, and the clients.

What is the best advice you can offer to young women and young men as they start their careers?
See your 20s as your launching pad decade. This is the time where you can "try on" different jobs to see how they fit you. Learn what you love and what bores you. Find the work and place that gets you excited and feeds your mind and soul. Money can't give you satisfaction. You need work and love and the compensation you deserve for long-run happiness that will sustain you through decades of working.

Your top three networking tips?

  1. Give the person you're talking to your full attention. Don't ever look over their shoulder to find someone else you want to talk to.
  2. Learn how to make a graceful transition when the conversation goes on too long and has run its course.
  3. Smile—a lot. You will feel good and be more approachable to others.

Connect with Carol on LinkedIn.