Alice van Harten menlo coaching

Alice van Harten

Founding Partner

Menlo Coaching

Amsterdam

Netherlands

Consultant Bio

As a former Bain consultant and lecturer in the humanities at Stanford, I know business and writing. My clients have attended Stanford, HBS, Wharton, INSEAD and others.

The first applications I worked on were my own. I was admitted to the Ph.D. program at Cambridge and secured 100% funding; I secured teaching fellowship at Stanford; after my academic career, I received offers from Bain, BCG and McKinsey. It was at Bain where I began to advise MBA applicants: my colleagues!

I especially enjoy working with applicants from unusual industries — some recent clients come from healthcare, natural resources, manufacturing and fashion — or unusual locations, like Africa, Pakistan, Southeast Asia and CEE countries.

Company Information

Menlo Coaching is a boutique consultancy providing services across all stages of an MBA application: school selection, candidate positioning, essays, application forms, resumes, recommendations, interview prep and post-interview reflection.

Applicants choose us for our personal service and for the quality of our work. To ensure the highest quality of service, we accept only a limited number of clients each year, who come to us from referrals and testimonials from our former clients.

Menu of Services and Associated Costs

Location: Amsterdam Netherlands

Email: alice@menlocoaching.com

Website: http://menlocoaching.com/

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  • You found your consultant! Alice is the best.
    4 months ago
    I talked with many consultants, and it seemed I was talking with the same person. The questions were superficial, and everyone told me how great my chances were. Alice, on the other hand, is at a much higher level, from the first email loosely explaining my ideas, she already pointed out many important flaws in my reasoning and gave me invaluable tips. That was even before the first interview, and on that instant, I knew she was the one. I would not even dare to consider anyone else but Alice. I had a very tight schedule, only one month to prepare my entire application from scratch, and, even in such short notice, she managed to give a lot of attention to every single detail of my ...
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  • You Want Alice on Your Team!
    5 months ago
    Bottom line up front: If you want to present your best self in your applications, you want Menlo on your team. Alice is the best in the business, and she will help you to extract every bit of what you offer as a candidate and present it in your applications. I found Menlo Consulting on P&Q while reading reviews for admissions consultants. Alice’s excellent reviews stood out to me, and once I learned that Alice and David only accepted a limited number of clients each year and could, therefore, provide the individually tailored service for which I was looking, I decided to contact them. I could not have been happier with my choice. As a transitioning Army veteran, I was concerned about being able to ...
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  • Alice and Menlo Coaching are THE best!
    7 months ago
    I had the pleasure of working with Alice for my deferred MBA applications. From the very start, Alice was extremely realistic and candid about my chances at the schools I was targeting, which I appreciated. Before working on the essays and the bulk of the application, I liked how Alice spent time strategizing our approach, getting me to put thoughts on paper, and really getting to know me (beyond just my resume / activities / profile). I would look forward to my calls with her, and within a few weeks I felt like I was conversing with someone I would consider more than just a coach or mentor. Her guidance is what allowed me to come up with a story that captured the essence ...
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  • Top notch in every way - admitted to HBS
    8 months ago
    I worked closely with Alice (and David for interviews) for several months. I can comfortably say she exceeded my expectations in every possible way. She pushed me to really think about my overall story - and would wouldn't hold back when she thought things were not up to standard, which is exactly what I needed. Ultimately, I ended up with a set of submissions that I was not only immensely proud of, but ones that I truly felt was the product of my own work (Alice will not write for you, which is a good thing for your application!). Overall, Alice is a class act who truly cared about me as a client. She is not overly commercial, flat out telling me at times; "You don't ...
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  • Accepted to Wharton, Booth, and MIT!
    8 months ago
    I am so happy I found Alice through a friend's referral. From the start we clicked and I could tell she really cared about finding the best MBA fit for me (she helped me narrow down the list of schools I was applying to based on personal/family needs). Then while writing the essays, she always followed up, helped me think through my story, and paid attention to the smallest details so that I came across as dynamic and not just a typical "finance person." I knew when I submitted each application that it was as perfect as possible - and I ended up getting admitted to Wharton, MIT, and Booth with an 80k scholarship! She is also a great resource to practice interviewing with (we prepped ...
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  • Excellent consultant and great person
    9 months ago
    I was referred to Alice by a friend and colleague. I was planning to apply to business school and wanted to work with an experienced consultant for not only guidance on essays and applications, but because I valued the direction and insight of someone intimately familiar with the process and my targeted schools. Working with Alice was fantastic and I cannot imagine a resource more knowledgeable, helpful or supportive. Working with Alice resulted in a very organized and methodical process, and her help was invaluable in crafting the best possible version of my story. I applied to four schools in Round 1, and this method allowed me to manage a large undertaking with minimal stress. She (and David) also helped me prepare for interviews ...
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  • 6 for 6 in the Top 10!
    10 months ago
    Initial Conversation: I first reached out to Menlo Coaching two years ago. They were completely booked at the time (definitely reach out to them early if you are interested). Last year, I remembered to reach out early. I had talked to a few other consultants before I reached out to Menlo Coaching. But after talking to them, I knew I wanted to work with Menlo Coaching because they sounded like they genuinely wanted to get to know me and my story. They were extremely knowledgeable about the admissions process, and I liked knowing who I would get to work directly with. I spoke to Alice, and she was very honest with me. She told me I would need an even higher GMAT score for the ...
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  • THANKS ALICE! Got through Kellogg, because of you!
    10 months ago
    My conversation with Alice started a year back when I decided to go with a consultant for my MBA application. I had just got a reject from INSEAD and had reached out to Alice for her advice for my application at Kellogg after reading some reviews on GMATclub. During my first conversation with her I knew her for the person she was - genuine, empathetic, and extremely helpful. She clearly said that my rejection at INSEAD was not because she saw drastic gaps in my essay, but more due to 'bad luck' and she would help me with my story at Kellogg, since she felt, in her words, that I was a 'strong candidate who deserved a good offer'. I liked her honesty, and transparency. ...
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  • Committed, Empathetic and Knowledgeable
    11 months ago
    Like many others, I spent quite a bit of time researching various consultants and deliberated on who to pick once I had narrowed the list down. I chose Alice because I found her to be both knowledgable and committed to my success. Right from the free consultation, Alice focused on identifying the gaps in my profile and how to weave a successful story. Most importantly, she did this in a professional yet thoughtful way where I always felt comfortable and in control of the process. What truly set her apart for me was her ability to understand who I am and what makes me unique. When submitting my application, I was confident that I was submitting a strong and truthful narrative about myself that was ...
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  • Open, honest, and caring consultant
    11 months ago
    I worked with Alice on my Round 1 application to HBS and GSB, and landed both interviews, and got accepted to HBS. My first interaction with Alice was during the 30 min free consultation. At the time, I was evaluating a few other consultants, and I was immediately won over by Alice's thoughtfulness and caring nature. She already started giving me helpful advice, even though she told me she was full for R1 applicants. Luckily we worked out our timing, and I got the amazing opportunity to work with Alice. Through out the process, Alice was a great listener, and always made sure I presented the best of myself in the most genuine way. We also did a mock HBS interview which had many topics ...
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