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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  • Excellent consultant & professional
    3 weeks ago
    Let me begin by saying that my MBA application journey was a long one. After having worked with one of the "big" guys, I was left with 2 dings and a sour taste in my mouth. From the start, working with Alex was different. Instead of providing general feedback, he provided direct/candid feedback with examples of ways to improve my resume, essays, and story. He was efficient and creative. He was able to connect the dots in my "story" very quickly, which was impressive. Alex is an extremely supportive consultant. The prior consultant I had worked with had a strict deadline for essay submissions and if she didn't have the essays in her inbox by the deadline, you were on your own. Working with Alex ...
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    Class of 2021, Admit
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  • Direct and Efficient- INSEAD Admit
    2 months ago
    I got Alex referred by someone who recently was admitted to a top tier executive MBA. With just a few hours of help on my essays, Alex was able to explain what it was the school was really after in their essay questions. He pointed out how my drafts could be improved on content and style. What I really appreciated was the direct feedback and the efficient way we worked together which helped me get into my school of choice (INSEAD executive MBA).
    Class of 2019, Admit
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  • Experience and personal touch
    5 months ago
    When I first reached out to Alex, I was coming off of a cycle of rejections from a few top schools and just during our initial conversation, I could sense the areas in which I could have done a better job in my applications. My career story was somewhat disjointed and the motivations were not coming across strongly. Alex suggested that I had a strong chance with higher quality application materials and so I decided to re-apply when I realized immediately how Alex could help me strengthen my applications significantly. Alex brings a wealth of experience in helping candidates from all types of backgrounds gain admissions to top schools and it shows in the way he carries himself through the preparation process. He is thorough and ...
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    Class of 2018, Applicant
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  • Alex is the best!
    5 months ago
    I spoke with over 10 consultants before choosing, and I decided on Alex because of his experience and genuine care for my success. During our initial call, he was the only consultant that took the time to ask me about my background and helped me generate some great essay ideas. His HBS background and industry expertise make him the best consultant not only for HBS but also for any other business school. Alex’s greatest strength is his creativity. He has the ability to pick out the perfect story from topics that other consultants would brush off. In my case, I came in with a few ideas I wanted to write about, but Alex encouraged me to list all possible topics. He pushed me to explore a ...
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    Class of 2021, Waitlist
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  • Highly Recommend! From a Stanford GSB admit
    5 months ago
    My journey to being accepted to business school was a long one, involving reapplications, waitlists, and a lot of nervous waiting. Alex guided me every step of the way, from connecting the dots in my professional experience to define my career purpose, mining my personal experience (including my childhood) to create compelling essay material, and overcoming the introverted side of my personality to put forth an engaging admissions interview. In addition, he was equipped to handle the less typical aspects of my specific situation, which included reapplication and waitlist processes. Lastly, Alex is a good-hearted person who honestly does care about his clients, which I believe helps to create a more personal application that is truly reflective of the person underneath the applicant. I would ...
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    Class of 2020, Admit
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  • Experienced professional - great advice and honest feedback
    6 months 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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    - Heather Dahlgren
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  • I got into HBS and GSB with Alex!
    7 months 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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    Class of 2020, Admit
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  • PrepMBA Review
    7 months 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
    7 months 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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    Class of 2020, Admit
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  • A Top Advisor!
    7 months 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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