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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  • Got Into GSB
    5 days ago
    Alex is a fantastic MBA consultant. I was late to the process at the end of October and he ensured that I was all squared away for round 2. I was accepted and attended my first choice school (GSB). More than just a consultant, Alex is a great person who really cares about his clients and the process. I would highly recommend him (and have too many in my friends and family). If you're on the fence, make the jump and go with Alex!
    Class of 2013, Admit
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  • Dedicated & Insightful
    2 weeks ago
    I worked with Alex on several strategy sessions planning my applications this year. He made himself available on very short notice to help me make some major decisions regarding my application strategy with an approach that homed in on the critical parts of my profile that needed work. Alex is great at giving you direct feedback on how to improve and distilling a core story from your career and personal experiences. He is also a great pre-interview coach and really sets you up to enter confident and prepared.
    Class of 2022, Applicant
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  • Excellent Coach & Partner - You Need Alex!
    2 weeks ago
    I was referred to Alex by a colleague of mine and decided to take the 4-school (M7) package (applying to a 2 year full-time MBA programs R2, Class of '21) after speaking with Alex and understanding his overall process. If you are applying to top schools, I highly recommend partnering with Alex on the admissions process. Alex started me off with a bio sheet that asked me to define myself in and out with a series of pre-defined questions - this was a fundamental exercise for me to define my goals, recall anecdotes, but also for Alex to deep dive into my life. Alex gets to know you very well early on. We then focused extensively on the resume portion, aligning on a letter of recommendation strategy, ...
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    Class of 2021, Rejected
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  • Great Advisor To Help You Avoid Mistakes - Highly Recommend
    3 weeks ago
    Having Alex as an advisor provides me with great assurance and guidance during the MBA application process. Alex was always there for me starting from the selection of recommendation writers to interview prep. Knowing that Alex will take closer looks on all my draft materials with his experienced eyes gave me so much more comfort and confidence. He definitely helped me avoid making some significant mistakes for my resume, career goal story, video, and essays. I could also reach out to Alex for any questions popping up during the process. I’ve received an offer from my target school with Alex’s help, and will highly recommend him to my friends.
    Class of 2021, Admit
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  • Fantastic Ability To Tease Out 'Personal' Stories!
    3 weeks ago
    I am a candidate from an over-represented applicant pool (Indian Male). I worked with Alex (on an hourly basis, approx. 10 hours) to fine tune my essays for two schools. I reached out to Alex just a couple of weeks before my application was due. Before turning to him for help, I had worked with another consultant but was not happy with his inputs. Although I was fairly confident to showcase my professional journey in my essays, I thought my 'personal' stories were weak. In a very short notice, Alex was able to structure my personal stories and tie the loose ends in my application. I benefited the most from our brainstorming sessions. Alex will help you to connect the dots in your personal (and ...
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    Class of 2021, Applicant
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  • Great Interview Prep
    3 weeks ago
    Alex was a great coach in our mock interview sessions. I did a total of 2 sessions with him, and he was consistently insightful about which key stories and personality traits to highlight in my interview. He made sure to study my application before getting on the phone with me so that our time together was productive. I appreciated his ability to understand the nuances of my application and give customized, well-tailored feedback to my interview responses, drawing out characteristics I myself had overlooked. Finally, Alex was phenomenal about building confidence and getting me in the right mindset for the interview. My only regret is not working with Alex earlier during the pre-interview application process!
    Class of 2021, Applicant
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  • Effective, Encouraging, & Gets The Job Done!!
    3 weeks ago
    Alex was phenomenal in helping me get into the schools I wanted. He helped me discover and craft my personal story of "Why MBA?" so well that I was amazed at how it much deeply resonated with me which, in turn, helped me sell myself to the schools. He was candid in his feedback and will make you work very hard on your essays until he's satisfied with them. However, he has your best interest in mind and is willing to go the extra mile for you. He was also tremendously helpful in preparing me for interviews so I was able to walk into my interviews with great confidence. Far from being a taskmaster, Alex is actually really caring and will help guide and encourage ...
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    Class of 2021, Admit
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  • Very Helpful & Efficient
    4 weeks ago
    I had the pleasure of working with Alex on my scholarship essay. Even if the deadline was really short, Alex managed to take his time with my essay and give me guidelines on what would be best for it. He was very efficient and available and great to work with, even for such a short time. I would definitely recommend him!
    Class of 2019, Admit
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  • Alex Is Phenomenal
    4 weeks ago
    Alex is was exactly what I looked for in a consultant. He was honest about what my strengths and weaknesses were as a candidate for admission at each school we worked on, and his advice on how to put my best foot forward was invaluable. Our working together resulted in a process where I learned a ton about my strengths and weaknesses, and he encouraged me every step along the way! Alex has a thorough, well-thought-out process for helping candidates, and it works. He is transparent, accessible, and thoughtful.
    Class of 2021, Waitlist
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  • Honest, Insightful Feedback Gets Results
    4 weeks ago
    I applied to business schools last year with a different consultant, but got better results this year working with Alex. Alex's assistance went far beyond reviewing essays for grammar and finer details; he helped me craft a more compelling goals narrative that tied in my personal background. He also helped me own both past successes and missteps in my applications. Alex provided honest feedback that admittedly was frustrating at times when I had to rewrite essays from scratch but ultimately led to more polished applications. Alex kept in mind the overall impression that my application would make at each school when reviewing individual application components. His high-level analysis helped me create more cohesive and memorable applications for each school. I have gotten acceptances at multiple ...
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    Class of 2021, Admit
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