Leah Lorenze

Leah Lorenze

University of Wisconsin–Madison, Wisconsin School of Business

Graduation Year: 2018

Current Job: Director, Finance Shared Services, Altra Industrial Motion


Armed with a strong career in finance, Leah wanted to learn new skills and bring innovative solutions back to her organization. With the Wisconsin Executive MBA, she’s expanding her opportunities and energizing her professional life. Having thought about earning her MBA for years, Leah chose the Wisconsin Executive MBA Program to learn from world-renowned faculty and other top-level executives.

The Wisconsin Executive MBA Program is structured for working executives. With classes every other Friday-Saturday, I have time to plan around my hectic work travel schedule and balance my family commitments.

The program office is here to help us be successful. Knowing they are there and have my back helps me focus on what’s important. When I'm running to class at the last minute, and trying to print, sign, and scan documents to send back to my office, they are there to help me out! They also do a great job of helping us balance our many commitments—offering complimentary meals and snacks and providing tablets loaded with our course materials.

I really look at the Wisconsin Executive MBA as an extension of my work. A lot of the things I learn in the program, I take back to my company right away. I have learned the most about leadership and organizational behavior, and I’ve adapted my style to become a more conscious, effective manager.

I’m learning from world-renowned faculty who make challenging classes engaging and enjoyable. Don Hausch's Economics for Managers course is a prime example. His passion is contagious and really makes you invested in the subject matter.

I’m having a lot more fun in the program than I expected! While the classes are challenging and hard work, the students are all in it together. Having a group of people in the same boat, supporting and learning from each other, makes it easier.

I’ve really gotten to know my classmates which helps me academically and professionally. During group work, we leverage our individual strengths and develop better projects because of our diversity of ideas. Our life experiences and perspectives contribute to the variety of business solutions we devise. No matter what industry you come from, we all have something to learn from each other.

The five-year career plan we strategized in our organizational behavior class really made me consider my future possibilities. As an executive, it was an extremely helpful exercise in identifying potential opportunities for professional and organizational growth.

Don’t wait to earn your Wisconsin MBA. The quality of the program is unmatched. Having an MBA from the University of Wisconsin–Madison carries weight that other programs don't. It’s done so much for my career and I look forward to benefiting from my education for years to come.