Leading Without Limits

Ngozi Musa '15 

Education: B.A. Sociology, minor in African American Studies, Harvard University.

Leadership Positions: At Harvard, I captained the women’s track and field team and was a Student Chief Marketing Officer for the Athletic Department. As captain, I led a team of 60 very diverse people. I developed initiatives to improve team culture and cohesiveness, and served as a liaison between my team and the Athletic Department. I worked to drive engagement with Harvard athletes, students, fans, and alumni. In September, I began working in New York City at L’Oreal. I am a part of their marketing management development program. In the first nine months of the program, I am “in the sales field,” managing, monitoring, and analyzing L’Oreal and competitive business trends across retailers. Additionally, I monitor merchandizing and strategy execution in specific retailers across the New York metropolitan area. The second half of my position will be more marketing-focused on L’Oreal Paris Cosmetics.

Best Part: The best part about being captain of the Women’s Track and Field team was being able to learn from my teammates, coaches, and other captains, as well as grow in my leadership and communication abilities. What I most look forward to at L’Oreal is the ability to grow within the company. L’Oreal has such a diverse portfolio, you can move across brands and learn about different aspects of the company.

How Did HNA Help? HNA taught me how to advocate for myself. Being an SNS officer and in school leadership senior year taught me organizational skills, helped develop my public speaking abilities, and taught me how to work with people. HNA was a very accepting, open, and safe place that allowed me to explore my passions academically and athletically without fear of judgment. If I could give the students at HNA now one piece of advice, it would be this: lean into the community of women you have at HNA . You are surrounded by a unique group of women that is special and hard to find. Support, encourage, and love on one another. Don’t wait until you graduate to take advantage of how special the community is!

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Ngozi (4th from the right) alongside her fellow 2015 Student Leadership team at their senior year Jogathon

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