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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."


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Deloitte & Touche CEO: The bottom line is find something you love and then work real hard at it.

The most recent CEO Lecture Series offered Rutgers Business School students a chance to hear from an alumnus who has spent 38 years inside Deloitte & Touche, including two stints in the firm's corner office.

During the event, CEO Gregory Weaver offered insights into some of the profession's biggest changes, advice for achieving success and how the Rutgers Professional Accounting MBA launched his career.

Listen to some of the highlights from a Q&A session with Weaver during his visit to RBS.

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