Best Practices

Tuck’s alumni have an incredibly diverse array of skills and interests. Our Best Practices section offers practical tips from alumni experts on a range of business and life skills.

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Amy Houston T’97 on the Rewards of Nonprofit Board Service

Seeing firsthand how a board of directors with for-profit management experience can help a nonprofit inspired Amy Houston T’97 to attend Tuck. 

Kate Grussing T’91 on Tips for Transforming Your Career

After positions of increasing seniority at Morgan Stanley, McKinsey, and JPMorgan, Kate Grussing T’91 decided she wanted to transform her career by helping others transform their own.

Gail Goodman T'87 on Small Businesses Using Online Marketing Tools

After gaining experience at several software startups, Gail Goodman T'87 launched her own in 1999. As CEO of the online marketing company Constant Contact, she has helped more than half a million small business customers—and counting—navigate a rapidly evolving industry.

Roger C. Hochschild T'90 on Moving Into Management

Since 2004, Roger Hochschild T'90 has served as the president and chief operating officer of Discover Financial Services, where he is responsible for the operations, marketing and technology for the company's direct banking and payments businesses.

Andy Palmer T'94 on Starting a Venture Mid-Career

Serial entrepreneur Andy Palmer T'94 has lent his expertise and enthusiasm to more than 50 start-up companies, particularly those at the intersection of the computer and life sciences.

Laurie Young T'82 On Reentering the Workforce after an Employment Gap

Life rarely travels in a straight line. So many factors—raising children, relocating, illness, losing your job, changing priorities—can alter our perspectives, not to mention our career paths.

Whitney Armstrong T'00 on Tips for Time Management

A certified executive and leadership coach with strategic management experience at Yahoo! Inc., Whitney Armstrong T'00 wanted to help other professionals.

Peter Sisson T’94 On Giving Your Business Tech a Millennial-Inspired Makeover

A self-described "geek before it was cool," Peter Sisson T'94 grew up running away from bullies, playing with computers, and taking apart his family's telephone to see how it worked.

Terri Tierney Clark T’86 on Tips for Women Looking to Change Careers

With more than 20 years of senior executive experience, Terri Tierney Clark T’86 launched a blog "The New Careerist" and a book, "Learn, Work, Lead: Things Your Mentor Won’t Tell You," which shot to the top of Amazon’s Business: Mentoring and Coaching bestseller list.

Rick Bertasi T’88 on Managing a Global Team

As Managing Director, Global Head of Corporate Real Estate & Services for Deutsche Bank, London-based Rick Bertasi T’88 is responsible for the workspace and services for more than 100,000 employees in 72 countries.

Mary-Ann Somers T'91 on Managing Cross-Functional Teams

As a general manager and senior vice president for The Coca-Cola Company’s water, tea, and coffee businesses, Mary-Ann Somers T’91 brings creativity and a global perspective to managing a diverse array of teams.

Helen W. Kurtz T’97 on Establishing Your Personal Brand

As VP, Marketing and Integration Excellence, for General Mills, Helen W. Kurtz T’97 oversees everything from multicultural and cause marketing to brand design and risk management.

Julie Lang T'93 on Strategies for Effective Project Management  

Julie Lang T'93 worked in sales, marketing, and project management for Eli Lilly and Co. and Imperial Chemical Industries before becoming a consultant with Arthur D. Little in 1990.

Louie Cheng T’03 on Learning to Do Business in China  

Launching a startup in China gave California-native Louie Cheng T'03 a trial by fire in doing business in the world’s largest emerging market.

Mike Carusi T'93 on Networking

As a general partner at the health care venture capital firm Advanced Technology Ventures, Mike Carusi T’93 trades on information.

Pitching Your Idea, with Richard Tait T’88

Richard Tait T’88 knows what it’s like to sweat it out before making a big pitch. After a successful career at Microsoft Corp., he co-founded board game company Cranium Inc. in 1998 and sold it to Hasbro Inc. a decade later for $77.5 million.

John LeBoutillier T’92 on Nailing the Job Interview

John LeBoutillier T'92 knows a lot about selling things. Since graduating from Tuck 22 years ago he climbed the ranks of Kraft Foods, helping manage brands from Cool Whip to Capri-Sun to Triscuits.

Tips for Senior Managers from Parthenon CEO Bill Achtmeyer T'81

As the chief executive officer of The Parthenon Group consulting firm, Bill Achtmeyer T'81 has worked with hundreds of senior executives at Fortune 500 companies.