Helpful Executives-In-Reach (HEIR) Program

The Helpful Executives-In-Reach (HEIR) program at Rutgers Business School connects students with a Senior Executive within the professional field they are preparing for. These HEIRs act as a resource to all students, including the MBA students that are assigned to each executive for mentoring.  In offering their unique perspective and professional insights to students, HEIRs help in the transformation of business students into successful and responsible business professionals.

HEIRs regularly contribute to their blog and are accessible via email to all students. HEIRs are available via eamil year-round to provide professional advice to students as they seek to enter or advance into different professional roles. Students are encouraged to contact their HEIR with questions related to career planning, the nature of their profession and how to prepare for it. The practical insights of our Helpful Executives can be of great value to RBS students competing in case competitions and they will mentor and advise student teams when possible. Each Helpful Executive will also visit campus occasionally to hold "office hours" and meet with students for informal conversations on professional planning. 

The HEIR program is a mentoring initiative. HEIRS should therefore be contacted for professional advice only, and not contacted for internship or career placement opportunities.


2017 Executive Speaking Schedule:

  • February 16th, Michael Chlopak, Citigroup (Focus - Finance, Investment Banking)
  • February 21st, Jorge Cardenas, PSEG (Focus - Finance, Asset Management and Strategy)
  • March 7th, Tawana Murphy Burnett, Facebook Inc. (Focus - Marketing, Global Strategy)
  • March 22nd, Bob Chersi, Fidelity Investments (Focus - Finance, Trading, Investment)

All events are in Room 1102 at 1 Washington Park from 4:15 PM – 5:45 PM.

Attendance is by invite only. Please contact Diego Santiago at for more information.


Accounting & Information Systems HEIR

Bob Chersi
Retired Chief Financial Officer
Fidelity Investments

›› Contact HEIR
›› Read Bob's blog

Finance & Economics HEIR

Michael Chlopak
Former Managing director

›› Contact HEIR

Management & Global Business HEIR

Jorge Cardenas
Vice President - Asset Management & Centralized Services
Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSEG)

›› Contact HEIR
›› Read Jorge's blog

William R. Downey Jr.
Senior Vice President - Business Development
Novvi LLC

›› Contact HEIR

Marketing HEIR

Tawana Murphy Burnett
Facebook, Inc. 

›› Contact HEIR
›› Read Tawana's blog