Ally

Consultant

Stacy Blackman Consulting

United States

Net Promoter Score: 10

Consultant Bio

Ally brings six years of admissions experience to the SBC team, most recently as an Assistant Director of Admission for the full-time MBA program at Columbia Business School (CBS).

During her time at Columbia, Ally was responsible for reviewing applications, planning recruitment events, and interviewing candidates for both the full-time MBA program and the Executive MBA program. She traveled both internationally and domestically to recruit and build relationships with high quality prospective students, turning many into successful CBS students. At Columbia, Ally also managed the class visit program and worked to ensure prospective students had a meaningful, engaging, and fun experience.

Prior to her time at Columbia, Ally spent 3 years working in graduate admissions at NYU, where she earned her M.A. in Higher Education and Student Affairs. She also earned her B.A. in Psychology from Muhlenberg College.

Ally is extremely well-versed in the application process, interview process, and all things related to student life and community on-campus. She understands the balance between pursuing a rigorous program and living life in a bustling city like New York. An (extremely) avid ice cream fan, be sure to ask her for her best ice cream recommendations in and around NYC!

Company Information

SBC is the only consulting firm in the industry who has on our team a complete panel of former MBA Admissions Officers from the top US programs and top EU programs. No other firm has this complete talent. 75% of our MBA consultant team hails from the top seven US MBA programs as MBA graduates and/or former MBA Admissions Officers, including from Harvard and Stanford. The SBC team has MBA expertise at every top US and EU school, has graduated from the elite MBA programs and understands career paths in every industry, traditional and non- traditional.

Over 1/4 of SBC’s consultant panel is of minority background, and SBC has five consultants who identify as and specialize in LGBTQ+ candidacies. This reflects the company’s mission to further diversity in the MBA applicant pool. No other established MBA admissions firm has a team that is as diverse.

OUR KNOWLEDGE

SBC’s reach, contacts, and connections converge to benefit our clients. We know what’s going on, and we know it first.  We have former Admissions Officers (AdCom) from every top MBA program who are informing us of the current internal program priorities. We have tremendous insight as to what is currently keeping the AdCom up at night and what values they are looking for from their current students.

OUR MODEL

SBC’s engagement model of a dedicated consultant with additional review by our AdCom team is the most robust of all firms. SBC offers unlimited time with a carefully selected Primary Consultant, allowing for full accountability and dedication. A candidate’s identity and character is best captured with one consultant completely responsible for success. SBC also believes in checks and balances, as it has the Flight Test which is a complete review by a former Admissions Officer. This structured feedback from a former AdCom mimics a real AdCom review and helps to ensure that a candidate’s application is most compelling to the target audience. We also include free access to a database of successful essays and interview questions and online guides.

GET STARTED WITH SBC

SBC deeply values mentorship within its client engagements and limits the number of clients for each consultant. We engage with clients only after evaluating candidacy nuances and deciding that we could be successful together.

SBC offers a limited number of complimentary phone or email-based consultations weekly for inquiries who have been pre-screened by our tenured team. Contact us today to request a free consultation with an SBC Principal.

Menu of Services and Associated Costs

The SBC All-In Service

The majority of our clients select our comprehensive package because they recognize that the competitive admissions process requires an application set that is stellar and strategic on all levels. The essays, interview, school visits, recommendation letters and resume are informed by an integrated strategy that is managed within our All-In service by one dedicated and accountable consultant.

SBC’s comprehensive “All-In” engagement includes:

  • Kickoff meeting to identify Client’s strengths and weaknesses and to develop the unique approach to Client’s application process.

  • Telephone consultations to discuss strategy issues, challenges and questions.  Telephone consultations can be arranged as needed at Client’s discretion but must be scheduled with the consultant in advance.

  • Written document review, including essays, resume and other communications with target schools.

  • Assistance with general questions that arise throughout the process.

  • Interview coaching and one mock interview.

  • One AdCom Flight Test™ with prior admissions committee member.

  • Post-application consultation to work through issues such as interviews, waitlist and deferral strategy and school selection.

  • Assistance with recommendations – advice on selection and preparation of references and high level review of recommendation letters to provide feedback on general approach.

Hourly First Services

Start with 2-3 hours for strategy work a la carte and the candidate can then roll up into the purchase of an All-In package. SBC also allows a client to add hours to a comprehensive engagement with the same consultant.

Hourly Services

Hourly services can include any or all of below:

  • Initial Strategic Planning

  • Background Assessment/School Selection

  • Resume Review

  • Recommendation Counseling – selection, prep, review

  • Essay Review – one draft of set of essays

  • Waitlist Strategy & Communications

  • Ding Analysis

  • Career Coaching

All-In Interview Prep

Leverage our video platform for unlimited practice, self-assessment, and a professional review. Work with a dedicated consultant one-on-one for one hour to gather interview prep tips and then put them to the test in a live mock interview, followed by detailed feedback and coaching.

Plan Ahead 

For candidates who are a year or more out from submitting applications, we recommend Stacy Blackman Consulting’s Plan Ahead package.

Location: United States

Email: info@stacyblackman.com

Website: https://www.StacyBlackman.com

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P&Q Consultant Reviews

  • Ally Is A 12/10!!!
    7 months ago
    I wish the ratings had even more stars because Ally was incredible. She was there anytime I needed her. She answered my 1000 questions at all times. She was super patient and worked with me on tight deadlines and turnaround times. She made a daunting experience much more enjoyable. I would recommend Ally every single time! My experience would not have been the same without her and I would not have gotten to where I am without her help!
    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Highly Recommend Ally!
    10 months ago
    I was recently admitted to CBS (my dream school), and I owe a huge thanks to Ally. She’s been my primary partner along the way, and she has been immensely helpful throughout the process—from answering questions, and providing feedback on my essays, all the way to giving me a mock interview! She’s very knowledgeable, responsive, and easy to work with—all in all, I highly recommend her!
    Class of 2024 Admit
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  • Ally Is Phenomenal!
    11 months ago
    Ally’s advice and support were invaluable during my application and interview process. As a former admissions officer at CBS, she was a great sounding board and helped me align my story in a cohesive way, and brought my application from good to perfect. With her help, I was accepted to my top school of CBS, and I could not recommend her more highly!
    Michael Kennedy
    MBA Class of 2024 Admit
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  • Steady Hand
    1 year ago
    Ally was a steadying hand throughout my reapplication process. She highlighted areas of weakness in my application with suggestions for improvements, and more importantly for me calmed my insecurities about perceived areas of weakness that weren't as weak as I thought. She was very knowledgeable about the ins and outs of the admission process and identified countless areas for improvement that were subtle, but made a big difference in aggregate.
    Alexander Nuta
    MBA Class of 2024 Admit
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  • Insightful
    2 years ago
    Ally is a very prompt consultant who was able to provide me with critiques, advice and guidance efficiently. Her insights in identifying my strengths and amplifying them in my essays, resumes and interview prep were extremely helpful! I truly appreciate Ally for her sincerity, help and support!
    Class of 2023 Admit
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  • Ally Is The Best!! I Was So Happy With Our Work Together!
    2 years ago
    Ally was so kind and so informative. I feel like we got a lot done in a short period of time. I could not have gotten accepted into my JD/MBA program without her.
    Jake Barroway
    MBA Class of 2024 Admit
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