alex leventhal prep mba

Alex Leventhal

Founder

Prep MBA

Los Angeles, California

United States

Consultant Bio

I am among a handful of industry veterans who still works directly with applicants to the top 20 MBA programs both in the US, Europe and Asia. It is my strong belief that acceptance at leading programs ultimately comes down the emotional energy you can emit for your MBA candidacy. The GMAT and your undergraduate academic record are critical. However, beyond that, my job is to push you to connect emotionally with your application essay readers and interviewers, and to create energy around your candidacy through specific explanations of your accomplishments, choices, influences and career ambitions.

I am an HBS grad, philosophy major undergrad, and worked in pharma/healthcare consumer products prior to my MBA, and then post MBA worked in life sciences tech and management consulting. I’ve worked for global firms such as Johnson & Johnson Consumer Products, Eli Lilly, and Siebel Systems.

Writing and editing are my passions, and clients talk most about my contributions to their essays and interview preparation. I am a frequent lecturer at the Harvard Club of Los Angeles on career planning and MBA admissions.


Company Information

Prep MBA is my company. There are no junior consultants or editors getting a cut of the business. You will be working directly with me, the head of the firm. There is some special sauce to what I do, and my track record over time demonstrates that my process and insights work. I have not scaled up with contractor consultants like my competition because I have wanted to keep a personalized, boutique experience with the highest quality results.

I work, therefore, with a limited number of clients each application season, and I always fill up. Over half of my business comes from referrals.


Menu of Services and Associated Costs

Over 90% of my clients work on comprehensive school packages, but I have some hourly clients as well in certain circumstances. My services include mock interviews, ding analysis, editing and application planning for those still preparing for future application seasons.

Location: Los Angeles, California, United States

Email: alex@prepmba.com

Website: http://www.prepmba.com/


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  • Experienced professional - great advice and honest feedback
    2 weeks ago
    I am so glad that I decided to hire Alex and his services for my MBA application process. Because I was studying for the GMAT and completing the application at the same time, it was extremely important that I stayed on track and was well paced for the short term deadline. Alex was flexible with my schedule and very responsive to my emails. He also helped to shape a clear story for why I was seeking an MBA from my background and personal experiences - I think this was a pivotal part in my application that would not have been as strong without his coaching. Even though I had a lower than average GPA and okay GMAT score, I felt confident ...
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  • I got into HBS and GSB with Alex!
    4 weeks ago
    I was introduced to Alex’s Prep MBA through a close friend who got into MBA at MIT Sloan, and she told me Alex played an essential role to guide her in the process of self reflection to connect the magical dots in her life, which deeply touched me because since the very beginning, I thought my application, especially the essay should show the genuine me, even my weak sides, my emotional side, and I believe Alex would be the advisor that could help to unleash my potential, not like many other advisors in China, kind of forced everyone into some kind of format. My gut was proved super right. He pushed me hard to reflect on my past experience, and did not shy away from ...
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  • PrepMBA Review
    1 month ago
    How I wound up working with Alex is really interesting: I initially consulted a few of the larger MBA consulting firms and I never reached common ground with them; I had a low GPA, a 640 GMAT, and worked for my family business in the Middle East and had never worked for a multi-national company. Yet I had big aspirations to get into a top 5 MBA program despite all these obstacles. None of the consulting firms would take me on with my stats. Alex, on the other hand was very honest from the beginning that getting into an elite program with these stats would be a long-shot yet he was willing to work with me provided that I studied hard for the GMAT and ...
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  • Responsive + Honest Feedback
    1 month ago
    I had the experience of working with other admission consultants before I worked with Alex, and I can tell you that the level of personalized attention I got from Alex is not something other consultants provide. The other consultant I worked with was not the most responsive. When I emailed her, she would take various days to get back to me. I never felt she took the process as seriously as I did. With Alex it was a different story. He always tried to respond within the same day, and if he could not get back to me in 24 hours he would let me know when could I expect a new version of my essays. He also provided valuable advice in choosing between ...
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  • A Top Advisor!
    1 month ago
    I was introduced to Alex by close friend and former colleague who had gotten into both Harvard and Stanford and spoke volumes about Alex’s expertise in the application process. I spoke to six admissions consultants as part of my initial research and found Alex to be very thoughtful about how to go about navigating the admissions process, and clear in noting both the strengths and weaknesses of my candidacy. I am part of an over represented demographic (Asian male in finance) so it was critical for me to have a strong consultant who could help my unique capabilities shine. Alex’s experience clearly showed during our introductory call and I liked that he works directly with all his clients rather than having other junior members lead ...
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  • Alex is Excellent.
    2 months ago
    Alex Leventhal was critical in assisting me with putting together thoughtful applications in a short amount of time. From our first exploratory phone call, I could tell he was passionate about his work and would help me stand out. His honesty after reviewing my candidacy was refreshing and he was able to suggest solutions to weaknesses a low quant score immediately. I appreciated that he ran a one-man shop and that I would be working with him directly at all times. Working with Alex proved to be awesome. His service was very personal (I often felt like his only client) and his schedule accommodating, despite a time difference between my location and LA. His vast experience truly helped me develop my “career purpose” and he ...
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  • Couldn't be happier- 2 M7 + 1T-10 admit- 2 admits with >$50k scholarship
    2 months ago
    Results first- I applied to four schools with Alex and got into three (out of which one was from HSW), 2 with scholarship (1 M7 with scholarship and another one in top 10) and I was waitlisted at one (another M7 school. Now, coming to my application process and history-I reached out to Alex first in 2016 for a free call. He wasn’t in a rush, asked me specific questions and really got to know me on the call to assess what my strengths and weaknesses were. He pointed out certain weaknesses in my profile (I am from an overrepresented background, Male/Engineer and belonging to one of two most populated countries in the World) and asked me to work on them. Also, to provide more ...
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  • Alex Leventhal - Key to a Top Application
    2 months ago
    During my initial due diligence on admissions consultants, I spoke with a number of large, national firms where conversations began a receptionist to gather information, not the actual admissions consultant. After this initial experience, Alex and PrepMBA immediately stood out from the competition as a hands on approach where Alex was my initial and only point of contact. Alex took a sincere interest in my story, hearing about my goals and what I was looking for in an admissions consultant. During our first two introduction calls, it became very clear that Alex’s honestly and no BS attitude was one of the keys to his success. He outlined my weaknesses from his perspective and helped me to really gauge my strengths during ...
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  • Experienced and effective!!!
    2 months ago
    I began my search for an MBA consultant with endless questions and a lower than average GMAT for my target schools. Moreover, I came from an over-represented background having worked in banking since graduation. These qualities mandated that I find an experienced and effective MBA consultant to help me avoid common pitfalls and standout from a large crowd of qualified applicants. My GMAT tutor provided three recommendations of MBA consultants that had worked with his clients in the past. My initial communication with Alex of Prep MBA proved that he had what I was looking for. First, he was the experienced with 10+ years in the industry demonstrating successful outcomes with clients in a similar predicament to my own. Second, as a Harvard MBA himself, Alex could relate and provide crucial insider ...
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  • 3 months ago
    Alex has been a great help to me and instrumental for me to make the application process for my Executive MBA as time efficient as possible. He was a great help for me with getting the right strategy and helped me greatly expressing my reasons for wanting to do the programme and through a structured process gave me some very helpful pointers to get starting on the essays I had to do. Thereafter he was a very efficient and gave me some very actionable feedback and advice which resulted in my essays getting to the next level in for me a very time efficient way. Would recommoned him highly to everyone who wants to have some tailor made advice and support for application for an ...
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