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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  • Couldn't Have Done It Without Alex
    1 week ago
    Applying to business school is an arduous process and I'm so grateful that I had Alex providing guidance each step of the way. He was deeply caring and took his time to get to know me on every call. He constantly pushed me to think deeper and tackle essays from different perspectives. With each turn, I felt my essays were improving and he helped me get them up to a standard that I would have never reached on my end. I appreciated his clarity of thought and his willingness to be honest when an essay wasn't quite working. When it came time for interview prep, Alex knew to ask the right questions and I felt calm and well prepared heading in to real interviews. Working ...
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    Class of 2017, Admit
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  • Great Story Teller - Alex Will Push You to Your Limits
    3 weeks ago
    Alex is a wonderful consultant. I really needed help with my MBA admission essays and couldn't tell a great story (at first). He interviewed me several times and help me identified some compelling ways to draw out the right narrative. His process helped me become much more confident with my writing which in turn, helped my admission interviews. Alex will not take it easy on you. He will partner with you, but he will also push you and make you work very hard for something that you really want. With his help, I ended up getting into all of the business schools that I applied to. I highly recommend Alex.
    Class of 2013, Admit
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  • Best Decision - Alex
    3 weeks ago
    Knowing that I had limited network resources to tap on regarding the MBA application process, it was essential that I selected the best admissions consultant who could personally guide me through the journey. I spent a considerable amount of time speaking to numerous consulting firms, and Alex stood out as he was specific in outlining his approach to my profile. I also wanted to work with a “single consultant” firm and amongst all, Alex brought in the most experience, which became clear during my application process. Alex communicated openly and candidly as he brought me through a structured approach that he had developed for each of my applications. I appreciated how he challenged me to dig deep to craft my personal narrative and objectives, rather than ...
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    Class of 2021, Admit
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  • Excellent Consultant - Highly Recommended
    3 weeks ago
    When I began the MBA process, I wanted advice from someone who could guide me through the self-reflection process, help me pick the correct schools that would fit my profile, and work with me through the interview process. Moving forward with Alex after speaking with several consulting firms was a very easy decision – you could tell that he was passionate about his work and that he handled every client himself, unlike the plethora of firms that farmed out the work to inexperienced folks. What I liked most about him was his up-front approach of giving me realistic targets while still having a couple of reach schools (I was from an over-represented demographic without a blue-chip name company on my resume). He helped me immensely ...
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    Class of 2021, Admit
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  • An Inside Look From A Professional
    1 month ago
    I approached Mr. Leventhal with very short notice regarding my personal statement. Considering the fact that this was my first time applying to Universities I only wanted the best of the best to help me reach my goal. I transferred from a local community college where thousands of students transfer from every year and I knew that Alex could help me stand out giving me a higher chance of acceptance in the UK. I was very impressed with his knowledge and understanding of the academic field. Thank you for helping me take the leap into the right direction towards my education. It was extremely helpful to work with someone who knows what he is doing. He has his eye on the target and works with ...
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    Marina Sarkisyan
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  • Prep MBA - Alex
    1 month ago
    When I first spoke with Alex in what feels like eons ago, my first impression was that he was a thoughtful and incredibly sharp guy. He gave me great feedback and made astute observations of my candidacy right from the very beginning. Most importantly, he was honest – and I was looking for someone who wasn’t afraid to give me some “tough love” but also willing to commend me in the areas where I did good. This was mentioned in other posts but bears repeating: Alex is the one that you will work with. This is invaluable, especially in an already opaque industry where some admissions consultants build up their workforce in the pursuit of scale and not quality. Alex approaches the MBA application ...
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    Class of 2021, Admit
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  • Fantastic Consultant! Highly Recommended!
    1 month ago
    I highly recommend Alex Leventhal as a first-class MBA admissions consultant. Alex knows the ins and outs of applying to top-notch MBA programs and this is abundantly clear throughout every stage of the process. He is highly intelligent, professional and effective. Alex provided me with excellent advice regarding school selection, how to shape my story, how to effectively frame my career goals, and how to confidently articulate key points relating to my background. His very valuable insights proved very helpful in receiving admission offers to four top schools. I deeply appreciated his laser-sharp sense of judgment as well as his ability to put his finger on problem points and guide you towards finding ways to resolve these. Alex has been in the business since 2005 ...
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    Class of 2021, Admit
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  • Personal Attention; Excellent Advice
    2 months ago
    As a college senior planning to attend business school down the road, I decided to enlist the help of a consultant to plan my career and extracurricular trajectory. After numerous consultations with potential consultants, I settled on Alex because of the personal attention he provides his clients. While many other consultants work with assistants, Alex takes care of all his clients application needs personally. Once we starting working together, Alex was extremely knowledgeable on how best to best foster my strengths while also aiming to mitigate any potential weak areas. I look forward to completing my applications in the years to follow with Alex’s continued help.
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  • Wow! Direct, Actionable and Insightful
    2 months ago
    Alex not only changed the entire MBA process from me, but also helped me find myself and better understand my strengths. He taught me how to be focused and clear in storytelling in a way that would elevate my message. Through his tough questions and direct feedback, I was able to quickly hone in on what I am looking for and the right schools that made sense for my goals. The best part was that I was able to work directly with him as he is a wealth of knowledge. He has a clear process in which he is able to get to know you quickly, and provides actionable next steps each week. I highly highly recommend using Alex to help anyone in the MBA ...
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    Noopur Chhabra
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  • Successful HBS/GSB Re-Applicant
    2 months ago
    I worked with Alex for both interview prep and a "ding analysis" in 2018 as a re-applicant to HBS/GSB. He took significant care and time with all of my materials, redlining certain sections for specific advice as well as providing a great high-level overview. I am particularly pleased with his attention to detail and his thoroughness in preparation. Over the phone, we discussed the application and he went into even greater depth. I believe his comments were central to building a successful reapplication campaign that netted me an acceptance to either GSB or HBS. We also did interview prep for a session and his tips for me on the eve of the real thing was also invaluable. I am grateful to him and can highly ...
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    Class of 2021, Admit
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