Morristown, N.J. (December 9, 2015) – Sarah Carney '08 graduated from CSE with a degree in business. But her story is much more than academics; it is about a young altruistic woman with drive and passion, who was just named partner in her firm, MJE Advisors in Florham Park, N.J., after only five years with the company.
Sarah has known for quite some time that business is her major interest. At the tender age of 18, she tested for and received her real estate license and worked in her aunt's firm as a general office manager and assistant with real estate transactions.
The College of Saint Elizabeth was on her radar for a long time. Because she lived in Morristown, she was aware of the campus. When she explored it as a potential student, she liked what she saw. It was small and homey with ample opportunities for learning.
"I gained confidence here," she explains. "The professors were motivating, always expecting you to do your best. They were interested in you as a person."
Even though she lived close by, she became a resident student for two years for the experience, doing very well in her classes, joining the Business Club, and being involved in study groups.
"I met people from all over the world," says Sarah of her resident experience. "I still keep in touch with my friend Narumi Kawamoto from Japan, who came to my wedding!"
A family friend put her in touch with the partners at MJE Advisors, a financial services recruiting firm and she was hired almost immediately.
"While I got a great education in business at CSE, I needed to learn about the financial side such as asset management," she recalls. "It was quite a challenge, but also very rewarding."
Sarah joined MJE in 2011 and was quickly promoted to managing director of the mutual fund search practice. Because her work performance has been so good, after five years she was made partner and given a staff to supervise.
She is also a strong believer in the values instilled in her at CSE, especially those about giving back. She is a member of a women's networking and empowerment group called Ellevate, and through this group she came back to campus to coach CSE students on the job interview process. She looks forward to a time when she can become more involved with CSE students to help them develop and achieve career success.
"CSE creates confidence and leadership because it is an institution that cares," says Sarah. "The professors don't let you get away with anything because they want you to strive for success and are always pushing you to do your best. The relationships I made here are priceless and I loved the diverse student body. Anyone who comes to CSE has lots of options to learn and grow."