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When Gregory Weaver spoke to a crowd of Rutgers Business School students and professors during the recent CEO Lecture Series, he easily rattled off nearly a dozen things that matter for a successful career.

A graduate of Rutgers Business School's Professional Accounting MBA Program who has twice held the title of chief executive officer at Deloitte & Touche LLP., Weaver's advice seemed grounded in the practical wisdom of someone who was drawing straight from experience - in his case nearly 40 years of it inside the global accounting firm.

"There's no substitute for hard work," he said, starting off a list that included the importance of having a strong team and being prepared. "In your careers," he continued, "find someone (a mentor) who you trust and who cares about you."

Weaver, who grew up in a small Pennsylvania town outside Gettysburg, cast aside plans of becoming a high school math teacher to go into public accounting, a career move he credits directly to the Rutgers MBA program he graduated from in 1975.

After his graduation, Weaver went to work at Deloitte and eventually became a partner. He took on new challenges - often only after a mentor explained the reasons why he should - and landed in the corner office in 2000 when the accounting industry was on the verge of dramatic change.

"The profession," he said, "has changed radically."

The CEO Lecture Series at Rutgers Business School was started in 2010 as a way of giving students access to leading chief executive officers and the rich insights they have to offer. The event also provides enterprising students with a chance to meet top industry executives and add them to their network.

Weaver appeared as the ninth executive speaker in the CEO Lecture Series. In the past, Gary Cohen, executive vice president of Becton Dickinson & Co., Keith Banks, president of U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management and Joseph Pieroni, CEO of Daiichi Sankyo, have spoken at RBS as part of the event.

In his introduction of Weaver, Rutgers Business School Dean Glenn Shafer emphasized the long-standing connection that exists between Rutgers and Deloitte, which has multiple offices in New Jersey as well as New York City.

Shafer said hundreds of RBS graduates have taken jobs at the accounting giant, including many who have gone on to become partners and directors. The company has also provided strong financial support over the years, including $190,000 to enhance the Rutgers accounting department. The visit by Weaver drew more than 80 people, including a mix of undergraduate and MBA students and faculty - many of them from the accounting department.

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