Katie Lewinski is currently a financial analyst for Google at their Mountain View, California headquarters. She graduated from Maxwell with a BA in International Relations and Policy Studies in 2011. Lewinski is originally from Rhode Island and is currently residing in San Francisco, California.
Google is a tech company in Silicon Valley. The company specializes in online advertising, cloud computing, software and hardware. "We build products that we hope will make the web better—and therefore your experience on the web better," Lewinski says about the mission at Google.
As a financial analyst, Lewinski specifically works on the advertising side of things. Specifically, she manages Google's Advertising Income Statement and analyzes their revenue and margin performance. In doing this, she detects trends, identifies potential financial risks, and opportunities for growth. She also assists the senior sales and engineering executives to understand their quarterly reported earnings and financial performance.
Before working at Google in 2015, Lewinski spent four years working at GE, where she completed their 2-year financial management program. Over the duration of the program, she moved across four businesses and four cities every six months. During her time there, she was awarded the 2013 CFO Award for Expertise and the 2014 CFO Award for Imagination & Courage.
Although Lewinski studied in the Maxwell School, she says her education here gave her an edge in her field. "I've found that my unique perspective and desire to learn are what helped me to land jobs at GE and Google. Having studied IR and Policy Studies at Maxwell, I knew how to tackle problems, how to frame issues at a macro level and understand the global economical and political implications on our financial performance," she says.
She recalls Dr. D'Amico and Coplin as two of her favorite professors. Lewinski says that Professor Coplin, director and chair of the policy studies program, taught her invaluable skills that have carried over into her professional career. "I owe Professor Coplin for teaching me skills, not stuff. In fact, he would even disapprove of the use of the word "teach". It's really about developing skills, because skills are applicable across all industries and fields. I really developed my ability to think practically from him. Most importantly, Excel is life!" She also says she met Dr. D'Amico through living in the International Relations Learning Community and taking Intro to IR her freshman year. She says Professor D'Amico's class helped her discover her voice and "empowered" her to talk about global affairs.
Aside from her academics, Lewinski was involved in a plethora of extracurricular activities while a student at Maxwell. She was on the varsity swim team for all four years of her time here, she was a TA for two policy studies classes, and was a Remembrance Scholar, in honor of the students who were killed in the December 21, 1988 Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. She says this scholarship, in addition to receiving a University and Chancellor scholarship, are what enabled her to attend Maxwell.
"Find SOMETHING you're passionate about. Truthfully, for most people it won't be their jobs, and that's okay! At the end of the day, as long as you have perspective and an outlet to be with the people and do the things you love, life is pretty good," Lewinski recommends to current students.