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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  • Highly Recommend! Alex is the Best!
    3 weeks ago
    I was connected with Alex in hopes of being admitted into NYU so that I could live and work in NYC. I really enjoyed working with Alex. He is very passionate and diligent. He took the time to get to know me personally in order to better evaluate my career trajectory. His honesty and commitment to his business, Prep MBA, challenged me to work hard in pursuit of the outcome that I wanted. He improved my overall application tremendously and helped me consolidate my thoughts into a well-structured essay that was personalized to my past experience and future expectations. I would recommend Alex Leventhal to anyone in a heartbeat. It meant a lot to me that he was my consultant as well as the head ...
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    Class of 2019 Admit
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  • Experienced & Tailored
    1 month ago
    Alex was wonderful throughout my application process in a number of ways. First, his get-to-know-you process felt thorough and not rushed. Second, he was instrumental in turning those original brainstorming ideas into a polished essay. Lastly, even with aspects of my application that I thought was finished (like my resume), he pushed me to find ways to convey more bang for my buck in a way I don't think is as doable on one's own. All in all - his combo of experience and personalization is exactly what I needed. I highly recommend Alex!
    Class of 2021 Rejected
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  • Great Experience. Great Outcome.
    2 months ago
    There are a lot of options to choose from when it comes to consultants. I chose Alex because he was the only consultant who wasn't afraid to take on a challenge. I told him which schools I was targeting and they were all long shots. Other consultants dismissed my ambitions except for Alex. He didn't guarantee anything except high-quality work, and that's all I wanted. He delivered and was true to his word. He helped me craft an application that was 100x better than what I could've done on my own. Clearly, it worked, and I would choose Alex again in a heartbeat.
    Class of 2016 Admit
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  • Alex Is The Right Choice
    2 months ago
    Alex came highly recommended by several of my friends who had attended top MBA programs. I opted for a 2-school package (NYU & Columbia) as I intended to stay in NYC. My experience with Alex was fantastic. He spent a significant amount of time getting to know me, my career goals and my aspirations which helped go beyond the mindset of answering each question and essay independently. Instead, he saw value and opportunity where I saw trivialities. He made me feel comfortable and at the same time pushed me to take risks and helped me to focus on building a holistic and compelling story. Alex also prepared me for the interviews. He understands what the schools are looking for and given the time he had previously ...
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    Class of 2016 Admit
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  • Got Into GSB
    2 months 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 months 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 months 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 months 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 months 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 months 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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