Harvard | Ms. Ambitious Hippie
GRE 329, GPA 3.9
Stanford GSB | Mr. Classic Candidate
GMAT 760, GPA 3.9
Harvard | Ms. Athlete Entrepreneur
GMAT 750, GPA 3.3
Stanford GSB | Mr. Unrealistic Ambitions
GMAT 710, GPA 2.0
Stanford GSB | Mr. Equal Opportunity
GMAT 760, GPA 4.0
Tuck | Mr. Over-Experienced
GRE 330, GPA 3.0
HEC Paris | Mr. Indian Entrepreneur
GMAT 690, GPA 2.1
Chicago Booth | Mr. Community Uplift
GMAT 780, GPA 2.6
UCLA Anderson | Mr. Worldwide
GMAT 730, GPA 3.1
Darden | Mr. Education Consulting
GRE 326, GPA 3.58
Wharton | Mr. LatAm Indian Trader
GMAT 720, GPA 3.5
Wharton | Mr. MBB to PE
GMAT 740, GPA 3.98
Darden | Mr. Stock Up
GMAT 700, GPA 3.3
Harvard | Mr. MBB Aspirant
GMAT 780, GPA 3.7
Harvard | Ms. Finance
GMAT 760, GPA 3.48
Harvard | Mr. Soldier Boy
GMAT 720, GPA 3.72
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Angel Investor
GMAT 700, GPA 3.20
Rice Jones | Mr. ToastMasters Treasurer
GMAT 730, GPA 3.7
Kellogg | Mr. MBB Private Equity
GMAT TBD (target 720+), GPA 4.0
Said Business School | Ms. Creative Planner
GMAT 690, GPA 3.81 / 5.0
Stanford GSB | Mr. Wedding Music Business
GMAT 710, GPA 3.7
Harvard | Mr. Big 4 Auditor
GMAT 740, GPA 3.55
Harvard | Mr. Software PE
GMAT 760, GPA 3.45
Harvard | Mr. First Gen Consultant
GMAT 710, GPA 4.0 (First Class Honours)
Stanford GSB | Mr. MBB/FinTech
GMAT 760, GPA 3.7
Stanford GSB | Mr. Break Into Buy-Side
GMAT 780, GPA 3.6
Harvard | Mr. Perseverance
GMAT 730, GPA 3.7

MBA Admission Consultants Who Once Worked On The Inside

By no means is this a complete list, but it gives you a sense of how common it has become for MBA admission officials to become MBA admission consultants. Dozens of business school adcom staffers have made the switch, bringing with them inside knowhow of how admission decisions are made.

Former Adcom Officials Who Now Consult With MBA Applicants



School ConsultantFirmFormer Admissions Title
HarvardMaxx DuffyMaxx AssociatesAssociate Director (19NA-1976)
HarvardChioma IsiadinsoEXPARTUSAssistant Director (2000-2002)
HarvardMollie WolinEXPARTUSAssistant Director (2000-2004)
HarvardPauline JennettThe MBA ExchangeAssociate Director (2008-2012)
StanfordLisa ParkThe Admission Advisory GroupAssistant Director (1998-2004)
StanfordMaureen PhalenThe Admission Advisory GroupAssistant Director (1999-2002)
StanfordKatharine LewismbaMissionAdmissions Reader (2007-2009)
WhartonJudith HodaraJudithSHodara.comSenior Associate Director (2004-2009)
WhartonKimberly Raynor-SmithThe MBA ExchangeAssociate Director (2001-2004)
WhartonGraham RichmondClear AdmitCounselor


WhartonBrett HaberClear AdmitCounselor


ChicagoBrad PearsonThe MBA ExchangeAssociate Director (1997-2000)
ColumbiaHeather NicholsonThe MBA ExchangeAssistant Director (1997-2001)
ColumbiaJoanne Garcé-RodríguezThe MBA ExchangeManager, EMBA Program (1998-2002)
ColumbiaJennifer LaRusso-LeungThe MBA ExchangeAssociate Director (2008-2011)
ColumbiaDeena MaerowitzClear AdmitAssociate Director (2004-2005)
DartmouthStacey OylerClear AdmitAssistant Director (2003-2005)
MichiganAparna BamanThe MBA ExchangeAssociate Director (2006-2010)
MichiganJana BlanchetteInside MBA AdmissionsSenior Director (2007-2008)
MichiganNatalie Brinblatt EpsteinAccepted.comDirector, Enrollment Mgt. (1987-1998)
CornellNatalie Brinblatt EpsteinAccepted.comDirector (1998-2005)
UCLAKaren LeeThe MBA ExchangeAssociate Director (2004-2006)



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About The Author

John A. Byrne is the founder and editor-in-chief of C-Change Media, publishers of Poets&Quants and four other higher education websites. He has authored or co-authored more than ten books, including two New York Times bestsellers. John is the former executive editor of Businessweek, editor-in-chief of Businessweek. com, editor-in-chief of Fast Company, and the creator of the first regularly published rankings of business schools. As the co-founder of CentreCourt MBA Festivals, he hopes to meet you at the next MBA event in-person or online.