Loyola University Chicago

Quinlan School of Business

Sarah Barnes

MBA '06; director of marketing and communications at Campbell & Company; adjunct faculty member at Quinlan

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Sitting outside of a cute café in Paris on a fall day with a loved one while eating a warm chocolate croissant.

What is your greatest fear?
This is a little morbid, but I’d have to say dying before completing my bucket list.

Which talent would you most like to have?
I have always been envious of great female vocalists. I grew up playing piano and percussion, but unfortunately, the musical talent stopped there.

Who are your heroes in real life?
Definitely my father. He has this thirst for creativity that I adore. He is also the most loving and kind man I know.

What qualities do you most admire in business professionals?
Perseverance, creativity, and the love of building something unique for customers.

Which qualities do you dislike?
The ego sometimes associated with high-level business professionals. Oftentimes I want to tell them to get a grip, but realize the futility of it.

What is the best advice you can offer to young women and men as they start their careers?
The usual adage: work hard. More importantly, be thoughtful and take your time with your work. Take the initiative in meetings—your opinion does count. Leverage your mentors, but show your appreciation of their time.

Your top three networking tips?

  1. Always send a thank you card.
  2. Reciprocate value.
  3. Be inquisitive.

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