Amy

Consultant

Stacy Blackman Consulting

United States

Net Promoter Score: 10

Consultant Bio

Amy received her MBA from UCLA – The Anderson School (top 10% of her class) and her BS in Accounting from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Amy was a part of the admissions committee for the Fully Employed MBA program at UCLA – The Anderson School for four years. In that capacity she evaluated more than 300 applications for the program. In addition to her MBA admissions consulting work Amy has also worked as the Assistant Vice President of Development for Raleigh Enterprises, a privately held real estate development and management company. In that role she served as Director of Finance and Marketing for the Wine Division. Amy also has international experience, having worked abroad for two years in a management development program for a natural resources company.

Company Information

Since 2001, Stacy Blackman Consulting clients have been admitted to every top business school worldwide, often with merit scholarships. Stacy Blackman Consulting (SBC) delivers results, as shown through its record of the highest number of online reviews across multiple MBA admissions ranking and review sites.

OUR TEAM

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 the 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

Phone: 866-667-8229

Email: info@StacyBlackman.com

Website: https://www.StacyBlackman.com

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  • Look No Further, Amy Can Take It From Here!
    10 months ago
    The primary hurdle I faced in my candidacy was a very low undergraduate GPA (<2.5). Furthermore, I had no close contacts who attended graduate school at all, let alone an MBA program. Lastly, I was a reapplicant who faced a previous denial after an interview. Amy not only gave me a detailed game plan to overcome the weaknesses in my candidacy, but she also guided me through the rest of the application process and answered all of my many many questions for her. She always had time to talk with me about my concerns and I always felt that I was in the hands of an expert. When it came time to prepare for my interview, I had no idea where to even begin, but ...
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    Class of 2024 Admit
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  • Amy Rocks!
    2 years ago
    Amy is truly the best – she held my hand through the whole process and landed me admittance into two top programs! I came to Amy in need of a ton of guidance. I wasn’t sure which schools or programs would the best fit for me. Right out of the gate it was clear that Amy really cares about her clients. Amy took the time over numerous calls to get to know me personally and professionally, which uniquely enabled her to point me in the right direction and together were able to craft the best possible application. We landed on Exec. MBA programs – it was the right fit professionally, but admittance would be a challenge as I’m on the younger side (or even below ...
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    Class of 2023 Admit
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  • Look No Further, Amy Is The BEST!!
    2 years ago
    Honestly, I don't even know where to begin. I'm still in shock of my admit to my top choice program, UC Berkeley EWMBA! My story is unique -- I have a very low undergrad GPA and thought I would never stand a chance. Once I mustered up enough courage to give part time b-school applications a try, I called SBC. I was connected to Sarah who gave me very honest and valuable advice. I took her advice to heart and started working on my weaknesses right away. Sarah matched me with Amy as my consultant and she was such a great fit from the start. Amy was so kind, supportive, and always gave me the reassurance I needed that my dreams of attending a top MBA ...
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    Class of 2024 Admit
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  • 100% Recommend Amy!
    2 years ago
    Amy was amazing to work with, and I’m super happy with my outcome. I was accepted to a top MBA program (my first choice) with over half my tuition covered by scholarship. Amy really got to know me and understood my background. She helped me whip my resume into tip top shape and clarified my post MBA goals. She also did interview prep, which made me feel relaxed and confident. Even though I attended an Ivy League school for undergrad, my GPA and GMAT left something to be desired. Amy helped me offset this by pushing me to highlight my work experience to best position myself as an applicant and offering insightful feedback on my essay. I appreciated Amy’s honesty, thoughtfulness, and responsiveness. She was ...
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    Class of 2023 Admit
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  • Amy is the Best!
    3 years ago
    Coming across Stacy Blackman’s Youtube videos on effective MBA application strategy, being captivated and deciding to hire them, and working with Amy Bergrud have drastically changed the course of my life for the better. As I write this, I will be an Incoming MBA Candidate at The Robert H. Smith School of Business at University of Maryland. I owe this once in a lifetime opportunity due to working with Amy. Hiring Stacy Blackman Consulting and working with Amy was the best investment I ever made. My goal was attending graduate school in 2021, but due to Covid-19, I was forced to reprioritize my goals and apply to graduate schools at the last minute. To make matters worse, I did ...
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    Tom Sin
    Part-Time MBA Class of 2020 Admit
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  • Amy Helped Me Land a Scholarship to My Top School!
    3 years ago
    Amy was an amazing resource for me during my application process. She went above and beyond to understand my story, and my post-MBA goals to present myself in the best way possible. I had a lot of ideas spinning in my head, and she helped me distill them to one or two overarching ideas to tell a clear, succinct, and impressive story. I not only got into my top target school but I was also awarded a scholarship. Her industry knowledge, and experience not only as a former admissions staff but also as a former MBA student, was incredibly helpful. She was genuinely engaged in my journey, and it showed during her time advising me, leading to an incredibly successful application!
    Class of 2023 Admit
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  • Very Happy With Amy's Process & Results
    3 years ago
    I worked with Amy from SBC for all of my Round 1 B School Applications. Amy's proactive process and working sessions helped me tremendously throughout the process. Amy and I started working together 2 months before the applications were due. This proactive timeline really set the foundation for my successful applications. We spent the first month of our time together defining my MBA story and perfecting my resume. Not only did these help my applications themselves but this time spent on refining my professional identity was irreplaceable during my interviews. As I was in the middle 80% of test scores and on the lower end of GPAs for top 20 programs, Amy partnered with me to make sure I stood out in my essays and ...
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    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Very happy working with Amy
    6 years ago
    Amy was the ultimate professional. From the start, she took time to understand me, my background, my goals, and my why. You really get a sense throughout the process that she genuinely cares about you. From there, she planned efficiently and strategically to highlight your strengths, compensate your weaknesses, and most importantly help you craft your perfect story. I was an applicant with a below average undergraduate GPA and GMAT score for the schools I wanted, but Amy positioned me to be competitive among other strong applicants and eventually helped me get into the school I wanted. Amy is extremely approachable, and she keeps you accountable throughout the long process.
    - wudanny422@gmail.com
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  • Extremely happy with Amy's services
    6 years ago
    Amy helped me with my essays and interviews to get into one of my dream schools. Given my less than stellar undergraduate GPA, Amy helped me position myself by highlighting my work and life experiences in the essays to stand out. The one trait that makes Amy a really good consultant is that she is takes the time to really understand your goals and personality which she then uses to bring out and highlight as selling points in your essays. Thx Amy for helping me secure admission to one of the top 10 Part-Time programs.
    - Felicity Fu
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