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Carla McDonald, Berkeley College alumna

Graduate Balances Career and Family to Achieve Success in Financial Services



Carla McDonald, Berkeley College alumna


Carla McDonald graduated from Berkeley College as an Honors Scholar with a B.S. in Financial Services in 2012. Ms. McDonald took classes online and at Berkeley College’s Newark campus as a full-time student while also working at UBS Financial Services and raising her children, Tyler and Taylor. “It was hard and sometimes I got discouraged, but I always set goals for myself,” Ms. McDonald said.

Ms. McDonald credits Berkeley College’s faculty for encouraging her to maintain a strong work ethic while juggling academics, a career, and family responsibilities. “Tammi Pitt, who was an Academic Advisor at the time of my enrollment, really supported me when school became a little overwhelming, always there to raise my spirits,” Ms. McDonald said. “I am truly grateful for her attentiveness at that point in my life.”

Currently, Ms. McDonald is a Senior Client Service Associate at Oliver Luxxe Assets, where they manage $340 million in assets. “It is freeing to make bold decisions for your life and accomplish them,” Ms. McDonald said.

Up Close with Carla McDonald

How did Berkeley College prepare you for success?

Berkeley provided the tools and the resources for expansion. The coursework gave me a broader view of the financial industry while coaching me in leadership and management styles.

In which way(s) do you see yourself being successful in the future?

I have accomplished, and continue to accomplish, the goals I set for myself. Also, when I am able to add value to others through mentoring, volunteering, and community service, that brings me much joy and success.

What advice would you offer today’s college-bound students?

Stay humble. Be a lifelong learner. Read. Explore. Surround yourself with ambitious, positive individuals. Serve your community.

What was your most memorable moment at Berkeley College?

My most memorable moment at Berkeley was being elected to participate in the first Berkeley Honors Program and the completion of the coursework. I learned a great deal about myself and the viewpoints of others through that experience. I walked away from the coursework with a different worldview.