LIM College honors Michael Gould.
At the 2012 Commencement Ceremony of LIM College in New York, 300 students received their diploma from Michael Gould, Bloomingdale's Chairman and CEO, who in turn received an honorary degree.
The 73rd Commencement Ceremony of LIM College of NY, held at the Lincoln Center in Manhattan, boasted a “guest star”: Michael Gould, Chairman and CEO of Bloomingdale’s. Michael not only delivered the keynote address to the graduates, but also received an honorary degree.
Michael Gould, who is widely recognized as one of the most authoritative and accomplished leaders in US retailing, holds a diploma and MBA in Arts at the Columbia University. His inspirational speech to the students was generous in advice and encouragement; he quoted diverse figures of culture, from Robert Louis Stevenson to Michael Jordan.
Gould enthusiastically spoke of pursuing a career based on love for your work, as he, himself did: “In the 44-plus years, I’ve only had one job (briefly, for about three months in California); since then, I’ve only had a passion.”
Gould also addressed education and training issues: “Wherever you go, whatever institution you join, whatever you do in life, find that place that believes in educating their people and giving them an opportunity to grow as much as LIM has done.” And then, through John Gardner’s words, he added: “Life is an endless unfolding. And if we wish it to be, an endless process of self-discovery and an endless unpredictable dialogue between our own potential and the life situations in which we find ourselves.”.
The game of life involves obstacles too, and Gould quotes Michael Jordan on the topic of ‘failures’: “You know, I’ve missed over 9,000 shots in my life. I’ve lost almost 300 games. And 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and I missed. I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
Michael Gould closed his speech with the Robert Louis Stevenson’s quote: “Old or young, we are all on our last cruise; we’re on our last cruise. We want it to mean something”.
Grottini Retail Environments’ congratulations go out to Michael Gould, and also to Manhattan borough President Scott Stringer, on receiving honorary degrees at LIM.