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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  • Great Coach
    8 months 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 ...Read the full review.
    Class of 2018,
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  • Highly Recommended MBA Coach
    11 months 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 ...Read the full review.
    Class of 2017, Admit
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  • The consummate coach
    12 months 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 ...Read the full review.
    Class of 2017, Admit
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  • Chicago Booth MBA
    12 months 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 ...Read the full review.
    Class of 2016, Admit
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  • Why MBA?
    12 months ago
    "This time last year, I had just exited a software startup that I co-founded. After considering my options, I decided to go to business school and started to study for the GMAT. When I had finally taken the test three months later, it dawned on me that my first Round 1 application deadline was only four weeks away! That’s when I called Farrell. I knew I needed help with my application essays. Even though I am skilled at writing technical documents for work, I had no clue what would make for a good personal essay. I was also in the dark about what essay content would capture the attention of the admission committee. And, although I didn’t realize it when I first called Farrell, I ...Read the full review.
    Class of 2017, Admit
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