Amy H.

Consultant

Stacy Blackman Consulting

United States

Net Promoter Score: 9

Consultant Bio

Amy comes from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where she was Associate Director. Amy devoted 12 years at the Wharton School, working closely with MBA students and supporting the admissions team.

During her tenure at Wharton, Amy served as a trusted adviser to prospective applicants as well as admitted and matriculated students. She conducted admissions chats with applicants early in the admissions process, she administered interviews with hopeful students, she read and reviewed completed applicant files, and she also participated in admissions committee meetings. Amy also represented the school at recruiting and welcome events.

Prior to joining Wharton, Amy spent 5 years as a journalist, writing and editing for a number of mid-sized newspapers on both the East and West coasts. She earned her undergraduate degree in journalism from Penn State University and she also holds a Masters in Liberal Arts from the University of Pennsylvania.

Amy was born and raised in Philadelphia but now calls San Francisco home, where she lives with her husband and two young children. If you really want to get her talking, ask her about her passion for travel and her visits to more than 40 countries on six continents!

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 online track record includes #1 on MBAinsight, BeattheGMAT, ClearAdmit, and #1 out of 11 firms for our team caliber by PoetsandQuants.

We begin with meticulous matchmaking before we begin an engagement or accept payment. We recommend a primary consultant only after evaluating your candidacy strength and differentiating qualities; we respect your investment and the trust you place in us. We offer a high-touch, limited client-per-consultant experience.

Contact us to request a free MBA advising session with an SBC Principal. Just give us 15 minutes.

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 European 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 school, has graduated from 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+ applicants. 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

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, best practices, unusual dilemmas, successful essay strategies, and interview standards. 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.

As one SBC client explained, “What really sets the SBC team apart, however, is the breadth and depth of knowledge; any time that my consultant and I were wondering how to approach a school’s application better, there were numerous former admissions officers from those schools that we could draw on.” Another client said, “I appreciated how the team uses all their former AdCom members to make sure you feel like you’ve put your best foot forward in the application process.”

OUR MODEL

The SBC System™ has eight core modules and is the most robust of all firms.

SBC offers unlimited time with a carefully selected primary consultant, who will be dedicated to understanding you authentically, creating a winning strategy, and defining your unique story for each school. Your primary consultant will be your creative and strategic guide, helping you to create materials that are provocative, informative, school-specific and ultimately effective in resonating with each of your target MBA programs.

Your primary consultant will engage in multiple iterations of brainstorming, development, outlining, and applied review across all MBA application touchpoints—resume, online application form, recommender letters, essays, short answers and more –to eliminate blindspots and optimize every detail so that your story shines and reflects deep knowledge of each of the MBA programs.

SBC also believes in checks and balances, as it has the Flight Test™ which is a complete review by a former AdCom. 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 THE VAULT, SBC’s Resource Center with over two decades of sample essays, recommendations, resumes, school overviews, interview transcripts and more. A recent client shared, “The large SBC database was priceless, especially when understanding the differences between schools and when preparing for interviews.”

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.

Our matchmaking process includes criteria such as track record with target schools, proficiency with your career path, demographics, interests and character qualities, and the consultant’s availability at the time you’re interested in engaging. You’ll be matched with a primary consultant who believes in your candidacy and who is truly excited to work with you. Some of our consultants have a sweet spot for non-traditional applicants while others excel with engineers. Just like you, our consultants’ backgrounds and perspectives are varied.

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 MBA advising session with an SBC Principal.

Menu of Services and Associated Costs

The SBC All-In Service

A FORMER HBS ADMISSIONS OFFICER ON OUR SBC TEAM SHARED THAT MBA ADMISSIONS LOVE A GREAT STORY AND CLARIFIED:

“I believe it’s true that all people, and therefore all MBA admissions boards, love a great story. It’s a way to bring life to your application and show the realness of who you are during what can be a dry process.”

The majority of our clients select our All-In package because they recognize that the competitive admissions process requires an application set that is stellar and strategic on all levels. SBC’s  “All-In” engagement includes:

  • Personal Assessment & Critical Reflection. Your primary consultant will work to understand you through deeply-probing questions that reveal your authentic dimensions.

  • Your consultant will dig into the who, what, how and why that forms your story through our 360° Personal Orbit™. You will explore the key MBA acceptance triggers that will be central to crafting your personal story.

  • We will evaluate your school preferences and criteria and develop a school list according to reach, reasonable, or safer program choices that ensures you apply to programs that you’ll love attending.

  • We will cover career path guidance–selecting and optimizing your career goals to ensure they are ambitious, purposeful, and attainable– and also recommendation letter(s) guidance to support your story and reinforce your aptitude and potential.

  • You will receive a complete MBA Application Strategy written summary including your value proposition and career path evaluation, as well as deliverables and tasks with an Attack Plan & Timeline.

  • One AdCom Flight Test™ as described by a recent client: “After I had gotten the applications to a near-finished state, we shared my application with my flight tester, who was a former MBA admissions officer, to offer a fresh perspective of my entire package. This review was unique and insightful because the reviewer reviews the file in the same way as an admissions officer. The Flight Test ™ provides insight into how the application stands up under the realistic, unbiased scrutiny of an AdCom member versus intensely in the details as your admission’s consultant.”

  • Up to three formats of interview coaching. Post-application consultation to work through issues such as interviews, waitlist and deferral strategy and school selection.

Hourly First Services

Start with 2-3 hours for the initial strategy work a la carte to test the waters, and you can then roll up into the purchase of an All-In package.

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

Contact us to request a free MBA advising session with an SBC Principal. Just give us 15 minutes.

Location: United States

Phone: 866-667-8229

Email: info@stacyblackman.com

Website: https://www.stacyblackman.com

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P&Q Consultant Reviews

  • Go-To For Wharton Executive MBA(WEMBA) Coaching
    3 months ago
    Amy coached me to prep for Wharton Executive MBA(WEMBA) round and I got admitted to WEMBA, testament to how awesome Amy is. As she was a prior admission officer in WEMBA, she exactly told me how the interview happens, what to expect, what to highlight, what to skip. Advise for very specific and concrete. Talking to her, I also got confidence that I can perform well and have a decent chance to get an admit. I did a 2 hours, broken down - 1 hour of information and answering questions and 2nd hour of mock interview. Lastly, it does feel expensive at the start, but it is worth very dollar and it is worth the investment in the long-run, also it helps one save valuable time which ...
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    Ankit Jain
    EMBA Class of 2026 Admit
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  • Amy Is The Best! - Admitted To My Top Program!
    1 year ago
    Amy was absolutely wonderful to work with! Because of her, I got admitted to my #1 school, Wharton! I was also accepted to LBS and CBS with a 100k scholarship! She really got to know me at the beginning to create an approach to my business school applications. She found ways to weave in unique experiences I have had into my applications. Because I didn't get my desired GMAT score until a few weeks before R1, I had to rush to finish up my applications. Amy always responded with feedback and edits to my essays very fast to ensure I would be ready for the application deadline. I highly recommend Amy!
    Class of 2025 Admit
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  • Lived Up To Her Billing As A Wharton & MBA Expert!
    1 year ago
    Having attended undergraduate studies overseas, I felt I needed some support for my Executive MBA applications. Wharton was my top choice and having worked at the school for over 12 years, Amy was the perfect consultant for me. She provided multiple value-additive comments on my essays and application forms. However, the highlight of working with Amy was the interview preparation session. We rehearsed answers to almost all of the questions that came up in the real interview, which enabled me to perform strongly. Would highly recommend Amy for any MBA applications, but especially Wharton!
    Class of 2025 Admit
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  • Stress Free Application Cycle
    1 year ago
    Beyond grateful for Amy and her tentative help and advice as I applied to four schools in one month. Was admitted to three all with significant scholarships and have chosen Columbia. Definitely, a great decision to have insight into the process and a guide to ask all your questions. Would recommend without a doubt!
    Class of 2025 Admit
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  • Exceptional Consultant For My Re-Application!
    1 year ago
    Amy was essential to my admittance to HBS as a re-applicant. In the prior year’s cycle, I was admitted to NYU through the help of Applicant Lab, but I wanted to give it another shot. With her expertise as a former Wharton Admissions expert and professional editor (this came in very clutch!), Amy helped me create a completely different application that highlighted a more authentic and personal story. She was especially amazing during the final stretches of applications when she quickly responded with her thoughts to each new draft of my essays. I would highly recommend her as a consultant to anyone going through the process! The rest of the SBC team was also great. Sarah quickly paired me up with Amy. Kim, my flight ...
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    Class of 2025 Admit
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  • Amazing Consultant To Work With - Admitted To Top Choice
    2 years ago
    Amy was an incredible help. She helped me work through my application at a pace I was comfortable with. She did a great job of steering conversations in a direction that would help me answer key questions for business schools. I worked with her for HBS and Wharton and got admitted to Wharton. Super flexible with a busy schedule
    Class of 2025 Admit
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  • Best Decision I've Made - Amy's A Game Changer!
    2 years ago
    Applying to business school is one of the most difficult things I've had to do and requires the right balance of personal introspection and external framing. As a reapplicant this year from a very target/overrepresented background, I felt a lot of anxiety about the process and I consider Amy to be the biggest reason I was able to gain admission to all three of the programs I applied to. From meeting with Sarah Tsai, an SBC leader who matched me with Amy, I appreciated the personal touch Amy and the team brought to my application. I had worried that for this amount of money and given how big of a brand they have, I'd get more removed service, but Amy felt like a friend and ...
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    Sid Puri
    MBA Class of 2025 Admit
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  • Exceptional Consultant - Admitted To My Top 3 Schools!
    2 years ago
    Amy has been an incredible advisor and resource to me throughout the application process - her guidance helped me secure admissions to my top 3 MBA programs. Through our initial touchpoint and a brief recap of my personal and professional experiences to date, Amy readily identified the idiosyncratic strengths and weaknesses of my application and helped me establish a unique personal brand. She put together a highly detailed and extremely well-structured plan to tackle school applications, with careful consideration not only of application deadlines but also of which school essay topics should be prioritized which we would later use as a baseline for the remaining school essays. Amy is a gifted storyteller. Her strength is her ability to balance the core facets of what Admissions Committees are ...
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    Class of 2025 Admit
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  • Excellent Guide & Great Outcome!
    2 years ago
    SBC was recommended to me by a former Wharton grad who raved about his experience with them. Although I was hesitant to spend the money on a consultant, my first meeting with Amy confirmed that it was the right decision. Amy provided an excellent roadmap for completing my application and truly helped me format my story compellingly and honestly. She was an excellent listener and believe that she truly understood my background and career desires. Amy's experience with Wharton and guidance was essential to my earning admission to the Wharton MBA program. The team at SBC was excellent as well. Sarah, my initial contact, challenged many of my assumptions and was a big reason I chose to proceed forward with a consultant. I also worked with ...
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    Class of 2025 Admit
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  • Amy Is An Excellent Consultant!
    2 years ago
    I contacted SBC because it was recommended to me by current MBA students. SBC provided me with team-based support. Sarah acted as my matchmaker and ensured that I was matched with the best consultant for my personality and target schools. Amy, my primary partner and a former Wharton Admissions Expert, created a detailed plan and supported me throughout the application process. Lisa, a former MBA admissions officer, provided a flight test and final feedback for my application. Lastly, Anthony, also a former Adcom, prepared me for Wharton’s mock team-based discussion. In the end, I was very happy with my results! Amy is understanding, friendly, and detail oriented. She relieved a lot of my stress by ensuring that I was organized by putting together a roadmap with ...
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    Class of 2024 Applicant
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  • Great Guide!
    2 years ago
    When I contacted SBC, there were only 2.5 weeks left until the essay deadline. I was put in touch with Amy, who gave me great feedback on my first draft. She questioned me in a way that allowed me to come up with the best version of my essay. She answered very quickly to the emails and helped me get the final version on time. She was very patient and very encouraging throughout the process. Without hesitation, I recommend working with her.
    Andrea Linares
    EMBA Class of 2023 Admit
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  • Admitted As Fellow With Amy's Help
    2 years ago
    I found Amy through Stacy Blackman Consulting, and I am soooo happy that I chose to work with her on my Wharton EMBA applications. She has extensive experience with the Wharton EMBA program. She helped me find my characteristics which best match the program’s application. She was very supportive when I was not confident. She was always responsive via email when I needed help. Since I started to consult with her half a year before the application, Amy set up a schedule for my preparation. I really appreciate Amy for guiding me through the application journey.
    Class of 2024 Admit
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  • A Pleasure & Success Working With Amy!
    3 years ago
    I found Amy through Stacy Blackman Consulting, and I am so happy that I chose to work with her on my MBA applications. In working on my essays, Amy helped me tighten up my language and pushed me to elaborate where needed, without ever changing my own voice in my writing. She was also extremely responsive via email, and her turnaround time to review my work was always fast and reliable. Amy was very supportive throughout the entire process, and made me feel confident that I was submitting my best work to business schools.
    Class of 2024 Admit
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  • Huge Help To My MBA Application Process
    3 years ago
    I had a very specific goal of only applying to the Wharton EMBA program and I decided to go with Amy because of her extensive experience with that program. She was structured, supportive, and always available to answer questions by text/email. We had multiple sessions per week and she was always able to provide actionable advice on my materials before each session. She not only helped me navigate my application process but also my sponsorship proposal process to my employer. Overall, she was a huge help and I would highly recommend her!
    David Cheng
    EMBA Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Amy Is An Exceptional Consultant
    3 years ago
    I cannot express how thankful I am to have worked with a consultant as talented and attentive as Amy. She excels in her capability to revise and polish one's work, coach and explain exactly what the school is looking for, and in giving feedback in a timely and efficient manner, making her a true triple threat. Her friendliness during the process was greatly appreciated and was only outshined by her honest and thoughtful revisions. I firmly believe that I could neither have made my essay as polished nor made it as quickly had it not been for Amy's help. Her rate is a bargain for the service that she provides in peace of mind alone. It is with great pleasure that I recommend Amy wholly ...
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    John Davis
    MBA Class of 2021 Applicant
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  • Amy Is A Must For A Successful Application.
    3 years ago
    I found Amy when I contacted Stacy Blackman consulting. I initiated a phone chat with Amy and was truly amazed by her experience and opinions on business school applications. For me, business school is in a totally different world compared to my deep technology background, Amy is the person who helped me dig into myself and helped me connect my facts, and help me present my facts in a proper way that a business school will value. She is VERY responsive to all my emails and requests along the way, so when there was something I was thinking about and wanted to ask for suggestions before proceeding further, she always got back to me within several hours. I wish everyone could work with Amy to ...
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    Class of 2023 Admit
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  • Amy Was Such A Critical Piece To My MBA App
    3 years ago
    When I decided to work with an MBA admission consultant, I interviewed consultants across quite a few companies. What I really appreciate most about Amy is her aggressive listening style and truly trying to understand me so that we can put our best foot forward with the application. Instead of filling blurbs in essays, or sounding hokey, we reflected on my strengths and strategized how to highlight them. She helped review my essay and provided critical feedback as I continued to improve upon them.
    Class of 2023 Admit
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