with HBS Club of AZ                     


Launch date February 29, 2024 6-7:30 pm

CEO Speaker Series Inaugural Event: "Lessons from the Top: A Fireside Chat with Gene McCarthy, Former CEO of ASICS America"

Event Details: Thursday, February 29, 2024 from 6:00-7:30 PM at Paradise Valley Town Hall (6401 E Lincoln Dr, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253), followed by cash bar drinks at Mountain Shadows Resort (5445 E Lincoln Dr, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253). Light refreshments will be provided at the PV Town Hall.

COST: Free of charge  TICKETS: Please RSVP well in advance!


-Harvard-affiliated attendees are permitted to bring non-Harvard guests as long as they are registered in advance-

Please join the Harvard Club of Phoenix and the HBS Club of Arizona for an evening with Gene McCarthy, former President and CEO of ASICS America. We will begin with a fireside chat with Gene at the Paradise Valley Town Hall to explore his formative years as an elite runner in the Bronx and at Fordham University, followed by key leadership and life lessons gleaned from a long career working for top brands in the athletic and outdoor industries, from Nike and Reebok to Timberland and Under Armour. In addition to sharing his philosophy on topics such as identifying and cultivating talent, the difference between companies and brands, and how to remain laser-focused on customer-centricity, Gene will field questions from the audience. We will then continue the conversation over informal cash bar drinks for the opportunity to network with Gene and fellow club members at the Mountain Shadows Resort.

About our speaker: Gene McCarthy is a well-known and highly respected leader whose varied career in the athletic and outdoor industries spans more than four decades. He has held executive and C-suite positions for legendary global brands including Nike, Jordan, Under Armour, Reebok, Timberland, and Merrell. His last role was as President and CEO of ASICS America. Mr. McCarthy has served on various boards in the footwear industry; he is currently chairman of the board for FootBalance System, a foot health technology company based in Finland. He also sits on the board of The City Tutors, a non-profit that serves underprivileged populations in New York City. He is a graduate of Fordham University, where he was an All-American in track and field, and he was also a semi-finalist in the 1980 U.S. Olympic Trials. He is a popular guest speaker at various universities, including Cornell Johnson School of Business, the University of Southern California, and Marquette University.

Let us know you'll be there: harvardclubofphoenix@gmail.com!