Natalie Cotton

Class Year: 

2000
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

School: 

J.R. Masterman High School

Language: 

French

A native of Philadelphia, Natalie did not have to travel far to come to the Huntsman Program, as part of the Class of 2000.  Huntsman was the perfect choice for Natalie, because it allowed her to combine the practical business curriculum of Wharton Undergrad with her love of foreign languages and cultures.  While in the program, Natalie was able to take advantage of two study abroad opportunities - she spent the summer after her freshman year in Tours, France, and the second semester of her junior year in Lyon.  Notwithstanding her focus on French as her target language, Natalie also enjoyed taking classes in Russian.  She has fond memories of the Huntsman student lounge, and the annual Huntsman parties stocked with chicken wings and brownies to spare! 

After Penn undergrad, she worked for two years full-time for a startup consulting company in the energy industry, Customized Energy Solutions, Ltd., as an IT consultant, and then came back to the University of Pennsylvania for a JD/MBA.  She graduated with honors from both programs and with a concentration in Strategic Management from Wharton. Along the way, Natalie realized that her dream job was to become a Management professor, and so after completing law school and the MBA program, she decided never to leave the university environment again.

Currently, Natalie is working towards a PhD in Management & Organizations and Sociology, at the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business and Department of Sociology.  Her research interests include social networks, organization theory, economic sociology and professional identity. A dual-degree student ever, she knows how truly important it is for business school students at all levels - undergraduate and graduate - to expand their studies to include liberal arts subjects.