Farrell Dyan MBA Prep Coach

Farrell Dyan

MBA Prep Coach

United States

Consultant Bio

In an admissions application world where brevity is the mandate, I deliver. Do you need to turn a page-long missive into a clear and focused statement? In the words of a client, “Farrell can say anything in 10 words or less.” I turn your heap of clay into a statue.

But more about that heap of clay. My coaching brings forth your most compelling, authentic content. I identify the unique contributions you would bring to the program, and create a succinct, memorable value proposition.

This value proposition becomes the guiding focal point for all facets of your application. And this is why 99% of my clients get into a top MBA program.

Upon earning my MBA in Marketing from a Big Ten school, I spent eight years working for Fortune 500 companies in marketing management roles, writing award-winning advertising campaigns for Gannett and direct mail that broke sales records for Dow Jones.

As the Wells Fargo corporate newsletter editor, I interviewed upper management and told their stories. Once familiar with my talents, many invited me to write their bios and serve as their ghostwriter.
Exiting corporate, I started a consultancy developing value propositions for new startup owners, helping them increase sales revenue and obtain VC funding.

More interested in marketing people than products, I decided to leverage my previously part-time experience in admissions consulting by opening my own MBA admissions consultancy, applying the same principles. I help both full-time and EMBA leaders get into top 10 MBA programs.

Live jazz is my jam, along with personal development and perfecting my French. You might find me swimming, meditating, or hanging out in downtown Sacramento. Sipping on sangria, asking strangers if I can pet their dog.

Company Information

MBA Prep Coach is a full-service boutique admission consultancy providing application strategy, school selection, career coaching, letter of recommendation support, editing services, and interview preparation. I have helped dozens of statistically-challenged applicants break into top American and European MBA programs. 99% of my clients are admitted to top programs, creating a quantum shift in their lifetime earning potential.

In terms of credentials, I’m an interview coach, marketing professor, and a resume specialist. Yet what really counts is that I’m a good listener, a great editor, and very devoted to the success of my clients. It also helps that I know what’s out there – having worked for five large admissions consulting firms, I’ve read and edited several hundred essays. I know what has been “done to death” by applicants, and where the opportunities lie.

Partnering with my clients, we shape a distinct, memorable brand that shines through each part of the application. It is authentic, engaging and retains their unique “voice.” As a result, candidates with marginal “stats” break into top business schools.

Menu of Services and Associated Costs

All services are $100/hour.

• Introspection Process
• Goal Essay Career Coaching
• Shaping Your Personal Brand
• School Application Strategy
• School & Program Selection
• Essay Strategy & Editing
• Recommendation Support
• Maximizing Application Responses
• Interview Prep & Mock Interview
• Waitlist & Merit Negotiation Efforts
• Offer Evaluation/Decision

Specialized Services

•Verbal GMAT Prep
•Test Taking Anxiety
•Pre-Application Coaching
•Career Assessments
•MBA Study Abroad Consultation
•Social Media Profile Editing
•Product Management Interview Preparation
•Consulting Interview Preparation (MBB)


Podcaster on BlogTalkRadio as MBAPrepCoach
Tips posted daily on Twitter and Facebook as MBAPrepCoach
Website blog features articles and downloadable podcasts on GMAT, essay and admissions strategies


Let’s meet up on Skype, assess where you stand on the “what counts” factors, and see if we would be good partners on this important project you have.

Wishing you success and transformation along your MBA journey!

Location: United States

Phone: 888-380-4180

Email: info@mbaprepcoach.com

Website: http://MBAPrepCoach.com

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  • Admitted into HBS and MIT
    2 months ago
    Farrell will help you get into your dream university. She is a results-oriented professional with track record of success. In my case, I was admitted to both HBS and MIT. Farrell’s success formula is based on a number of factors that I will list below: 1. She is extremely committed with her clients. Your goal will become her goal. It was incredible to see how much she cared about me getting admitted: even more than my parents! She dedicated time outside her work schedule to think about me and my application, she sent me relevant articles and information very often, she was 24/7 available, she gave feedback with very short turnover time when we were approaching deadlines… You will hardly find anyone so focused in your ...
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  • Admitted into Wharton! Farrell is a 5 Star coach!
    6 months ago
    I couldn’t believe it when I received a ding from INSEAD! I thought I had prepared a strong application and was completely confused and clueless about what went wrong and was looking for guidance. I was a bit apprehensive about my GMAT score of 710, but thought my strong application would make up for that. I browsed for days on the net, read reviews of various consultants and finally decided to seek help by reaching out to three consultants, including Farrell. The responses from two consultants were quite generic – try to slightly improve my GMAT score and be more specific in my essays. I got the impression that they had not read my INSEAD essays in detail. Farrell’s view was diametrically opposite. After pouring ...
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  • Admitted in to Wharton and MIT - Farrell will get you into business school
    12 months ago
    As a strategy consultant at BCG, I’m surrounded by colleagues who get into top 10 business schools every year. I thought the application process would be straightforward and something I could manage on my own. I invested quite a lot of time in my R1 HBS and Stanford applications. Much to my surprise, even with a 780 GMAT, I was dinged from both without interview. Only then did I probe a bit more and then learned that almost all of my fellow consultants sought help on their MBA applications. Planning for Round 2, I set up some calls with the big Admissions Consulting companies and also with Farrell. There were three main reasons I chose to work with Farrell: • She was the only consultant ...
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  • Fantastic MBA Coach!!!
    1 year ago
    I thank Farrell whole heartedly for helping me get admitted to INSEAD, my dream B-school, INSEAD. When I found her on GMAT Club, I had already applied to London Business School, and was rejected without getting even an interview. In order to improve my essays and increase the chances to get admitted by my dream school, I decided to go with her, even knowing we on a very tight schedule. Farrell couldn't have been more helpful and supportive throughout the entire application process, including essay editing, resume preparation, video interview preparation, and later, alumni interview preparation. I also chose to work with her on the Diversity scholarship for INSEAD, and was awarded 10K Euros! She has rich experience in how to tailor candidates’ profiles to ...
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  • Wharton without a GMAT - Farrell is THE coach to have
    1 year ago
    I don’t know how I can thank Farrell enough: I have been admitted with a scholarship to Wharton with no GMAT! When I first start preparing my GMAT and researching business schools, I was quite confident. After completing my master’s in Aerospace Engineering, as a French student in the US, I went on to work for a top aviation company in NYC, filling a role generally reserved for engineers almost twice my age. On top of that, I had a leadership position in a non-profit organization. Quite a rare profile in this business world! Well, I could not get above 650 on the GMAT and, after calling dozens of prep coaches, none of them believed in me. They all told me that the top 10 ...
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  • More than just an MBA Coach
    1 year ago
    Simply put, Farrell goes above and beyond what I would ever expect from an MBA prep coach. When I went to her, I had a resume that showed no impact and provided unclear, confusing details of my roles. Farrell was able to show me ways that I had contributed to my company that I had not even realized. She opened my eyes to how to quantify impact and describe problems I had solved in language that would make sense to even people outside of my industry. Apart from working wonders on my resume, Farrell helped me understand more about my professional aspirations. When I first started working with her, I had no real long or short term career goals. She was tough and critical of ...
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  • Great Coach
    2 years ago
    Farrell was a real life saver in the MBA application process. I first came to her to help me in developing a holistic application that was tailored to my target schools. Her process effectively identified key strengths and weaknesses in my candidacy and developed a strategy to give me the best chance of getting accepted. Two weeks into working with Farrell, I had realized my first choice schools deadline was actually in two weeks, and not in two months as I had originally thought. Farrell immediately sprang to action and made herself available around the clock. We would often have calls as late as 11pm and corresponded constantly through email. While I do not suggest completing an application in just two weeks, Farrell’s dedication and ...
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  • Highly Recommended MBA Coach
    2 years ago
    After battling through the MBA applications and essays alone for several months, I decided I needed help. I was targeting some of the most elite schools in the country, and I knew I could not do it alone. I found Farrell through a close friend who was working with her at the time on his MBA essays. I was having trouble framing my message clearly and concisely, and I was looking to gain a perspective outside my own that would help enrich my essays, but still remain true to my story. I would write essays but they would end up being 1,500 words for a 750 words maximum essay or would meander and abruptly end with no strong conclusion. Farrell was a tremendous help in ...
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  • The consummate coach
    2 years ago
    Long before I started the MBA application process, I knew that I wanted to attend MIT-Sloan. Even though it was my top choice, I was reluctant to apply, given Sloan’s intimidating acceptance rate and the weaknesses in my application profile – sub par undergrad GPA and zero extracurricular involvement. While I was proud of my professional work experience in big tech, I knew it was only valuable to my application in so far as my ability to tell a compelling story. To stand any chance of getting in to Sloan, my application essays and letters of recommendation would have to be exceptional. When I started writing my initial drafts, I really struggled to find my story – faced with broad essay prompts, yet tight word ...
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  • Chicago Booth MBA
    2 years ago
    “After finishing college, I worked as a trader for a few years, but realized that that my understanding of the business world was actually quite limited. I spent considerable time looking for a position in another industry, but realized I was extremely pigeon-holed to finance. My Ivy league undergraduate degree often got my foot in the door, but I didn’t have any hard skills I could bring to the table. I decided to submit Round 3 business school applications. I needed to differentiate myself, being overrepresented as a white male with a finance background. I started looking for GMAT Verbal tutors and found Farrell on Craigslist. Farrell raised my Verbal score from 48 to 51 within only 8 hours; I would have spent more time ...
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