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When Sabrina McCarthy finished her M.B.A., she decided it was time to “see what else was out there.” She had been at Perseus Books Group for nine years, working in publicity, sales, marketing, business development and business management, and spent three years taking night classes at New York University's Stern School of Business. So upon graduating in 2005, she took a job at finance giant Bear Stearns. Six months later, her former boss at Perseus, COO Joe Mangan, called. “I need your help,” he said. The person who ran client services for Perseus Distribution was leaving, and Mangan thought McCarthy would be perfect for the job. She took the weekend to think about it, and within weeks she was back in her old office building—with a brand new job. Two years later, she says it was the right decision. [+]