Gabby Leier, MSIS’24, has combined her undergraduate degree in psychology with the Kelley School’s innovative MS in Information Systems to launch a career at the intersection of business and tech.
Gabby completed a summer internship as an Engineering Business Analyst at Grainger in Chicago and will return for a full-time position after graduating. During her internship, she focused on streamlining order processing systems, serving as a vital link between developers and six different business units.
“I feel that what set me apart at work was my ability to fluently speak both technical and business languages. This skill not only saved time but also enhanced efficiency, fostering seamless communication between these critical spheres. My success in this role was deeply rooted in my experiences with the MSIS program.”
MSIS courses prepared her to succeed in workplace
Gabby said courses like Agile Processes and Automation, Enterprise Platforms, and Business Transformation Strategy equipped her with the essential skills to tackle workplace challenges.
“The MSIS program constantly challenged me, preparing me for the real world. I walked out of the classroom every day having learned something new, giving me the confidence to continue learning in my work environment. In fact, I worked on 8 completely different technologies and tools during my internship including SAP ECC, Simplified Order Entry Systems, Apache Kafka, JIRA, Confluence!”
No undergrad degree in business or tech—no problem
Gabby said her BS in Psychology and minor in Media and Creative Advertising might seem worlds apart from the tech domain, but she discovered the “power of diverse learning” in the MSIS program. She described a journey that broadened her horizons both professionally and personally.
“In just a year, I feel I have gained confidence in my soft and technical skills,” she said. “MSIS introduced me to a diverse world of minds, enriching my professional and personal life.”
Gabby is thrilled to return to Grainger as a full-time analyst.
“If there’s one word for the organization, it would be ‘incredible!’ Their inclusive and collaborative culture allowed me to thrive, finding my place in a supportive, family-like environment. These experiences are invaluable.”