AIG’s CEO Robert Benmosche headlines this week’s Wednesday Wisdom with a preview of the tough love Commencement Address he plans to deliver at New York’s Alfred University. To the newly-minted grads who still face a difficult employment market, he says, “Don’t cry about it. Deal with it …. whatever opportunity comes your way, take it.”
While happy graduation speeches may be the norm, the class of 2013 at New York States Alfred University will get some no-nonsense advice from its speaker, AIG CEO Robert Benmosche. In a recent interview with Bloomberg News, the Brooklyn-born business titan and former Coca-Cola delivery truck driver said that at the May 18 commencement, he’ll get right to the point: Graduates who are about to enter a struggling economy need to suck it up and figure it out.