Loyola University Chicago

Quinlan School of Business

Laureen Cassidy

MBA '96; vice president of corporate communications at Baxter International

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Sunshine, good books, good food, and good company.

What is your greatest fear?
I always think embarrassment is my greatest fear, but I seem to embarrass myself every day and have survived my fear. I am terrified of rejection.

Which talent would you most like to have?
Playing the piano.

Who are your heroes in real life?
I look at the best attributes in people and reflect on what’s good in others. My dad taught us the values of hard work and education, and my mom taught us the value of family.

What qualities do you most admire in business professionals?
Analytical skills, objectivity in decision making, and doing the right thing even if it’s not completely supported by data.

Which qualities do you dislike?

What is the best advice you can offer to young women and men as they start their career?
Be good at what you do. And, while you can listen to the advice and look to the experience of others, set your own definition of success.

Your top three networking tips?

  1. Ann Vogl from Heidrick & Struggles said it best: "Networking is not a transaction." 
  2. Keep in touch, especially when you don't want or need anything. People are more apt to respond when you do need something if they've heard from you periodically.
  3. Don't burn bridges. Industries are very small, and reputations and first impressions last forever.

Connect with Laureen on LinkedIn.