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Coming into Broad, Leahy expected to feel like an international student. She explains, however, that the opposite was true, “I really felt like I was part of the 100 students, not international. [Broad] brings people in from all over the U.S. so even though they’re American, they don’t know anyone either. My concerns—[being] able to have friends and develop strong connections with peers—were the same concerns as American students’.”

Natalya Leahy

Associate Director of Finance
Procter & Gamble

When a friend asked Natalya Leahy if she could have imagined 10 years ago where she is today, she responded, “No way, not in a million years.” From earning $100 a month at her first job in Uzbekistan to holding a leadership position at a Fortune 100 company, Leahy has come a long way.

Today, she is a U.S. citizen and Associate Director of Finance at Procter & Gamble, serving as the Glad Joint Venture Finance Leader. Leahy finds her unique role leading the $1 billion partnership between Clorox and P & G a challenging, yet fun experience. The scope of her responsibilities compares to that of a CFO; she handles P & L management, financial strategy, short- and long-term gap closures, financial outlook development, external relationships, and shareholder communication as well as team management.

The former United Nations Country Finance Manager for Uzbekistan entered the Broad MBA program in hopes of leaving the nonprofit realm and re-entering the business world. She asserts, “I got everything I needed from Michigan State.”

Coming into Broad, Leahy expected to feel like an international student. She explains, however, that the opposite was true, “I really felt like I was part of the 100 students, not international. [Broad] brings people in from all over the U.S. so even though they’re American, they don’t know anyone either. My concerns—[being] able to have friends and develop strong connections with peers—were the same concerns as American students’.”

The intimate size of Broad’s MBA program, Leahy says, “played a huge role in enabling my success. I received a lot of individual attention, developed very personal relationships with both students and professors, and had opportunities I never could have dreamt about.”

One such opportunity was running sales for Spartan Consulting. As a finance and supply chain major, being elected to vice president of sales gave Leahy hands-on experience in a new functional area and boosted her confidence. Additionally, she had the chance to deliver a presentation to Broad College’s alumni board, after which she developed connections she still maintains today.

Leahy also served as the graduate assistant for a marketing strategy class, where her duties went beyond traditional tasks. She organized and ran the internal Broad vs. Broad Case Competition for first-year students, drawing on her experiences representing MSU at Big Ten and national case competitions.

Now that Leahy lives in San Francisco while her boss resides in Cincinnati, she knows there is immense value in communicating clearly through writing; her ability to do so greatly impacts her performance and others’ perceptions of her. After being taught, coached, and given feedback on her communication skills by professors and students at Broad, Leahy has found she’s a stronger writer than many of her peers. She concedes, “I kid you not, I’m using the same formula I learned at Broad. It’s very helpful.”


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