Alex

Stacy Blackman Consulting

United States

Net Promoter Score: 9

Consultant Bio

Alex graduated from Stanford Business School, GSB, with an MBA in marketing and an International Global Management Certificate. Alex has been an alumni undergraduate candidate interviewer for Stanford GSB.

Most recently, Alex successfully completed executive education courses at Stanford GSB in Strategic Marketing Management and Digital Marketing.

Alex has advised numerous individuals over the years on top MBA program selection, admission strategy, and essay writing. Over the course of his career Alex has also helped countless professionals to develop and improve their resumes.

Alex has had a distinguished international career in hi-tech industry, focusing on product management, marketing, business development and alliance management. He has spent considerable time working and living in Europe and has traveled extensively all over the world, gaining deep knowledge of and appreciation of multiple other cultures. He is bilingual and proficient in several additional languages.

Alex is a talented writer who has had articles published in technical publications as well as various online sources. He takes special pride in and relishes the challenge of helping aspiring MBA candidates reach their dreams by crafting the most impactful, powerful applications to gain admission to top business schools of their choice.

Company Information

Since 2001, Stacy Blackman Consulting clients have been admitted to every top business school worldwide, often with merit scholarships. Stacy Blackman Consulting (SBC) delivers results, as shown through its record of the highest number of online reviews across multiple MBA admissions ranking and review sites.

OUR TEAM

SBC is the only consulting firm in the industry who has on our team a complete panel of former MBA Admissions Officers from the top US programs and top EU programs. No other firm has this complete talent. 75% of our MBA consultant team hails from the top seven US MBA programs as MBA graduates and/or former MBA Admissions Officers, including from Harvard and Stanford. The SBC team has MBA expertise at every top US and EU school, has graduated from the elite MBA programs and understands career paths in every industry, traditional and non- traditional.

Over 1/4 of SBC’s consultant panel is of minority background, and SBC has five consultants who identify as and specialize in LGBTQ+ candidacies. This reflects the company’s mission to further diversity in the MBA applicant pool. No other established MBA admissions firm has a team that is as diverse.

OUR KNOWLEDGE

SBC’s reach, contacts, and connections converge to benefit our clients. We know what’s going on, and we know it first.  We have former Admissions Officers (AdCom) from every top MBA program who are informing us of the current internal program priorities. We have tremendous insight as to what is currently keeping the AdCom up at night and what values they are looking for from their current students.

OUR MODEL

SBC’s engagement model of a dedicated consultant with additional review by our AdCom team is the most robust of all firms. SBC offers unlimited time with a carefully selected Primary Consultant, allowing for full accountability and dedication. A candidate’s identity and character is best captured with one consultant completely responsible for success. SBC also believes in checks and balances, as it has the Flight Test which is a complete review by a former Admissions Officer. This structured feedback from a former AdCom mimics a real AdCom review and helps to ensure that a candidate’s application is most compelling to the target audience. We also include free access to a database of successful essays and interview questions and online guides.

GET STARTED WITH SBC

SBC deeply values mentorship within its client engagements and limits the number of clients for each consultant. We engage with clients only after evaluating candidacy nuances and deciding that we could be successful together.

SBC offers a limited number of complimentary phone or email-based consultations weekly for inquiries who have been pre-screened by our tenured team. Contact us today to request a free consultation with an SBC Principal.

Menu of Services and Associated Costs

The SBC All-In Service

The majority of our clients select our comprehensive package because they recognize that the competitive admissions process requires an application set that is stellar and strategic on all levels. The essays, interview, school visits, recommendation letters and resume are informed by an integrated strategy that is managed within our All-In service by one dedicated and accountable consultant.

SBC’s comprehensive “All-In” engagement includes:

  • Kickoff meeting to identify Client’s strengths and weaknesses and to develop the unique approach to Client’s application process.
  • Telephone consultations to discuss strategy issues, challenges, and questions.  Telephone consultations can be arranged as needed at Client’s discretion but must be scheduled with the consultant in advance.
  • Written document review, including essays, resume and other communications with target schools.
  • Assistance with general questions that arise throughout the process.
  • Interview coaching and one mock interview.
  • One AdCom Flight Test™ with prior admissions committee member.
  • Post-application consultation to work through issues such as interviews, waitlist and deferral strategy and school selection.
  • Assistance with recommendations – advice on selection and preparation of references and high-level review of recommendation letters to provide feedback on general approach.

Hourly First Services

Start with 2-3 hours for strategy work a la carte and the candidate can then roll up into the purchase of an All-In package. SBC also allows a client to add hours to a comprehensive engagement with the same consultant.

Hourly Services

Hourly services can include any or all of the below:

  • Initial Strategic Planning
  • Background Assessment/School Selection
  • Resume Review
  • Recommendation Counseling – selection, prep, review
  • Essay Review – one draft of set of essays
  • Waitlist Strategy & Communications
  • Ding Analysis
  • Career Coaching

All-In Interview Prep

Leverage our video platform for unlimited practice, self-assessment, and a professional review. Work with a dedicated consultant one-on-one for one hour to gather interview prep tips and then put them to the test in a live mock interview, followed by detailed feedback and coaching.

Plan Ahead 

For candidates who are a year or more out from submitting applications, we recommend Stacy Blackman Consulting’s Plan Ahead package.

Location: United States

Phone: 866-667-8229

Email: info@StacyBlackman.com

Website: https://www.stacyblackman.com/

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  • HBS & Stanford GSB Dual Admit W/ Help Of Alex
    3 weeks ago
    I am writing to share a phenomenal review of my time working with the Stacey Blackman Consulting team, specifically with my consultant Alex Liff. After evaluating multiple consulting groups online, I came to the SBC team in January for an initial MBA Candidacy assessment. I felt that their team offered the most robust resources, experienced consultants, and a breadth of professional backgrounds/experiences. Given that I was early in the process (applying for R1 that September), Esther provided a succinct, realistic evaluation of my profile/stats and provided some suggestions of where I could work to improve my profile in the coming months to strengthen my candidacy for the top programs that I was targeting. She was also frank about the fact that I came from ORM, ...
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    Class of 2025 Admit
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  • All-In Consulting Package
    2 months ago
    I bought an all-in consulting package from SBC to apply to a Sloan Fellows type of program (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sloan_Fellows). Alex was my main partner in choosing the right strategy for mid-career professionals and executing it for my applications. Thanks to Alex, I was able to submit three applications in a very short time (about a month) and was admitted to 2 out of 3 programs. Although we had an 11-hour time difference, we were able to perfectly and efficiently interact online like in a ping pong game - one full iteration every day and the reply the next morning; thus keeping our progress at a constant fast pace. I have chosen MIT SFMBA 2024 program and would like to strongly recommend Alex to mid-career candidates.
    Alexander G
    MS Class of 2024 Admit
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  • Alex Is The Best! Can't Recommend Him & SBC Enough!
    8 months ago
    Received an admissions offer from GSB/HBS, as well as MIT. Alex was fantastic in helping me navigate the entire process. I can't thank him enough. It's very difficult to know where to begin when starting the MBA application process. Alex was great at helping me figure out how to weave together my (very) non-traditional experiences and develop a compelling narrative. Alex spent a significant amount of 1-on-1 time helping me with my applications, and preparing me to succeed in a flight test with Caryn (a former MBA admissions officer). Alex is highly dedicated. He answered all my (sometimes anxiety-driven) questions on calls, and even took the time to set up an additional reviewer, Christine, to provide some additional insights and feedback for my final GSB essay. ...
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    Class of 2024 Admit
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  • Excellent Service - Highly Recommend
    9 months ago
    Wharton and Kellogg admit. I had a fantastic time working with Alex. Not being too familiar with the ins and outs of MBA applications, Alex was super helpful in providing the initial guidance I needed to put together competitive packages for my top schools. Throughout the process, he provided very thoughtful and actionable feedback that truly helped me get my applications to where they needed to be. Alex was extremely responsive, flexible, and timely with his feedback. It was a pleasure working with Alex and the SBC team, and I would recommend him without hesitation to anyone looking for a no-bullshit, top-tier consultant.
    Class of 2024 Admit
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  • Alex Is The Best!!
    10 months ago
    Alex is the best! I still cannot believe I got an admit to the Stanford MSx program. Without Alex, I do not think I would have gotten there. From the beginning, he went through my background, experiences, and stories and advised me on how to be strategic. I also got Alex's help with reviewing my recommendation letter and even my recommender spoke highly of Alex. He did many decent editing on my essays and my recommendation letter. When I received the interview, Alex also helped me with mock interview prep and gave me detailed feedback. He is very patient and he knows what he is doing! I would highly recommend Alex and SBC!!
    Wei Wang
    MS Class of 2023 Admit
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  • Highly Recommend Alex!
    10 months ago
    It is difficult for me to imagine what the state of my applications would be without the help of Alex and all the resources that Stacy Blackman gives applicants access to. Alex was most beneficial in the most important aspect of the application, crafting the story. Alex was collaborative in brainstorming sessions and provided objective and necessary feedback, continuing the discussion until we both felt confident. Alex's feedback on essay drafts was also very constructive. again, necessary in order to ensure an encompassing message was being told within the character limits. I applied to a large number of schools and Alex's organized and strategic mindset helped us meticulously work through each application and ensure we were tracking to meet deadlines. When interviews came around, Alex ...
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    Class of 2024 Admit
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  • Alex Is Amazing!!!
    1 year ago
    Just received an offer from Kellogg!! I simply can’t wait to share how much I appreciate the support from Alex and SBC! My experience with SBC started with Sarah who demonstrated deep insights into the admission process. She was also able to point out a few areas that I need to work on in our very first meeting. Based on my personal background and target schools, she recommended Alex. In addition to being professional on application, Alex is a strategic, organized, and super responsive mentor. Working with him has been more than pleasant and beneficial. He guided me to set up the overall game plan and timeline, provided insider prospectives on my profile, and most importantly, helped me stand out among other candidates of some extremely competitive ...
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    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Highly Recommend
    2 years ago
    Alex is fantastic. Even after doing my own research, it was difficult to know where to begin. Alex helped me get everything on the table so that I could start constructing my story for the AdComs. He was extremely helpful in establishing a timeline to keep me on track and accountable. He's also extremely familiar with how the AdCom of each school thinks and what they're looking for, which helped me to uniquely tailor my essays for each school. He was a great sounding board for ideas as I was starting to write my essays, and helped tremendously as I sharpened and refined the final product. By the end, the quality of my application was far beyond what I would have been capable of producing ...
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    Class of 2023 Admit
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  • The Full Package
    2 years ago
    After interviewing multiple different consultants as I started my MBA process, I was underwhelmed at what I had found. Then I met Alex. Alex was kind, attentive, eloquent, and immediately got to work in our intro call at pulling the important parts out of my story. In a few short meetings, I had done more in terms of forming my story than I could have ever done alone. As applications started, Alex was with me (and I mean really with me) through every step of the way. When I got interviews at both Stanford and Harvard, he organized separate mock interviews for each even though he was not required. I'll be honest, applying to an MBA program is brutally hard and your consultant won't do ...
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    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Couldn't Have Asked For Better
    3 years ago
    When you are looking for an MBA consulting firm, you want one that has a reputation that draws on the caliber of its consultants and has the expertise and experience across the schools that you are interested to apply to. SBC demonstrated that from the beginning to me. Just speaking with Sarah for thirty minutes, she was able to provide insights and bring her expertise to bear on my application. SBC also stood out from other firms in that they cater to candidates coming in from every stage of the application process. In my case, they were willing to partner and go "all-in" with me even though I had only three weeks remaining for the R2 deadlines. I worked with Alex L as my SBC consultant ...
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    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Highly Recommend
    3 years ago
    Alex is an excellent MBA consultant. He is an attentive, responsive, honest, reliable and talented writer. I decided to apply to an unusually wide range (~10) of schools within a few weeks of the R1 deadlines. Given my limited budget and the number of schools I was applying to, I asked him to help primarily with my essays (as opposed to the full package). Alex was very understanding and helped me develop a plan that fit within my budget and timeline. At every point in the process, I felt that he prioritized my applications and made himself readily available. He knows the Admissions process thoroughly and helped me develop a narrative around my personal and professional life to highlight all of my unique attributes. He is ...
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    Class of 2020 Admit
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  • Knowledgeable & Responsive
    3 years ago
    I had initially reached out to Alex for essay support and was pleased to find that he was an attentive, knowledgable consultant. I came to him with what I felt were relatively solid drafts, and he helped me hone in on my strongest "key points." He gave me quite a bit of advice about how to craft my essays with respect to word limits, as well as information on each school's general admissions process. Additionally, he followed up with me afterward and offered very earnest and sincere congratulations when he found out I had been accepted to every program I had applied to.
    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Review for Alex - Highly Recommended
    4 years ago
    Going into the MBA application process, I was struggling to synthesize the different experiences of my professional and personal life into a cohesive and natural story. Alex stepped in and was extremely helpful in helping me build my story. We went through an exhaustive list of experiences and brainstormed on whether each experience deserved some essay "real estate". More importantly, Alex helped me uncover some experiences that I originally thought were unimportant, that turned out to be a powerful, core element of my essay story. Alex also helped me understand how admission officers think, which in turn helped me tailor the language of my essays and application for an admission officer reader, and ensure that I didn't go on irrelevant tangents. Overall, I was very satisfied with ...
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    Class of 2021 Admit
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