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Caryn

Stacy Blackman Consulting

Illinois

United States

Consultant Bio

Caryn received her MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and her BBA from the University of Michigan, with distinction.Before working as an MBA application advisor, Caryn worked as an Admissions Officer for Kellogg where she read and evaluated written applicant essays and recommended admission to Kellogg. She also conducted numerous applicant interviews assessing candidate fit and future potential at Kellogg and beyond. Preceding her time at Kellogg, Caryn was a Senior Marketing Manager for Gatorade, leading Gatorade’s efforts to a variety of consumer targets. Concurrently, she co-led all of the Kellogg recruiting efforts for the PepsiCo Chicago office. Prior to receiving her MBA, Caryn worked in corporate finance and public accounting as well as obtained her CPA certification.Outside of SBC, Caryn sits on the North Shore Medical Research Junior Board of Children’s Memorial Hospital and is active in volunteering in her children’s schools. An avid reader, Caryn also enjoys Pilates, yoga and playing tennis, as well as spending time with her two young children.Caryn has an exceptional success rate and is particularly good at helping clients define ambiguous career goals and develop a personal story. She has assisted clients with every top business school around the globe.

Company Information

Stacy Blackman Consulting is a leading MBA admissions advisory with a proven track record of acceptances to the world’s top MBA programs. Year after year, our clients’ acceptance letters and scholarship awards speak for themselves. Founded in 2001 by finance and marketing guru Stacy Sukov Blackman, SBC boasts a team of consultants with backgrounds as varied as yours. Overseen by the time-tested techniques that only come with our years of experience, each and every SBC admissions consultant is solely focused on you getting what you want: an acceptance to business school. SBC is the preferred admissions consulting firm recommended by The Economist. Read more about our guiding principles to learn more about Stacy Blackman Consulting:

CARING IS OUR MOST POWERFUL TOOL.

We truly care about our clients and our larger audience. That’s why we strive to deliver 10x in everything we do.

EVERYTHING IS FIGURE-OUTABLE.

We believe your weaknesses can be your strengths. We’ll show you how to make sense of your tangled and flawed background and develop a personal story that shines.

WE BUST ANXIETY AND OVERWHELM.

We’re on a mission to help you reach your most ambitious dreams and get in to business school. And we want you to enjoy the process along the way. We’re going to reduce your anxiety and take the stress out of the journey so you can think clearly and focus.

WE DON’T DO ANYTHING JUST “FOR THE MONEY.”

If we don’t think we can work with you, we won’t do it. It’s that simple.

WE BELIEVE IN YOU.

We know you’ve got a lot riding on the decision to go to business school and you put a lot of faith in us to help get you there. Your confidence means a lot and we don’t take it for granted. We believe you can get in. We believe in hard work and are willing to work hard with you.

Menu of Services and Associated Costs

Visit our website for more information about our team, prices and services.

Location: Illinois, United States

Phone: 866-667-8229

Email: info@StacyBlackman.com

Website: http://www.StacyBlackman.com/contact

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P&Q Consultant Reviews

  • Highly Recommend Caryn!
    1 week ago
    Knowing I wanted to employ a consultant in my MBA application process, I interviewed several firms and spoke with no less than 5 consultants before deciding on Caryn, who was highly ranked as a consultant already at the time. Working with Caryn, she was proactive, responsive, and I can tell her years of experience as an adcom officer lent her true expertise when it came to MBA admissions. Most importantly, she helped me to craft my story and explain my somewhat unorthodox post-MBA goals in a way that was both true to myself and worked well for the admissions process. It was upon her suggestion that I applied to the Lauder/Wharton joint program, which we realized was an extremely good fit given my background and future ...
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    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Caryn is #1!
    1 month ago
    At the start of my MBA application journey, I had intro calls with consultants at many of the major firms (Fortuna, Veritas, SBC, etc.). The intro call with SBC was all I needed to realize that the firm struck the perfect balance between having unparalleled resources, an outstanding track record, and a genuine interest in my success. Instead of merely assigning me to a consultant based on my profile or target school, Bill gave me suggestions for SBC consultants who he thought would be a good fit for my working-style and application strategy more broadly. I had intro calls with numerous SBC consultants before choosing to work with Caryn Altman. I worked with Caryn on applications for five schools and ended up getting into four ...
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    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Highly Recommended
    7 months ago
    I worked with Caryn a number of years ago when applying to 3 business schools. She was wonderful to work with. Caryn helped me not only with overall application messaging and essay writing but also with identifying the best-fit business school for me. She was incredibly helpful with essay editing - grammar, flow, storyline, etc. I was ultimately accepted to Columbia and Duke. I do not think I would have been as successful in the process without Caryn.
    Class of 2013 Admit
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  • Caryn's Feedback Was Key
    9 months ago
    I took Caryn's flight test service through Stacy Blackman Consulting and was thankful that she helped spot some areas where I could improve the content of my application. Caryn reviews your application just like a real admissions consultant would which means you'll get a candid review of where your strengths and weaknesses are, how to double down on your differentiators, and how to improve. Thanks to Caryn's flight test review, I'll be attending Wharton this fall :)
    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Great For Critical Feedback!
    10 months ago
    I worked with Caryn a number of years ago when applying to 4 schools. She was helpful in ideating essay topics and sort of an overall message for my application- something that I found to be challenging as a broad consultant without some unique "wow" story about me. She also helped a ton in editing essays- far beyond just grammatical stuff, but truly pushing me to think about how each sentence would have an impact on the story, how to say things more concisely, etc. Definitely would recommend working with her! I ended up at HBS in the end.
    Class of 2015 Admit
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  • Fantastic
    10 months ago
    I applied to 4 top schools and Caryn was my guiding light through it all. She's incredibly meticulous charting out a plan, gives great feedback, and is very patient while calming anxieties and doubts that inevitably pop up during the stressful process. She was always so responsive and I always heard back from her within a day when I asked her a question. She demonstrates a level of confidence and faith in her clients through the process which is so important in retrospect and something I really appreciate as I placed so much trust in her. He knowledge of the schools and her feedback is really valuable as well.
    Class of 2015 Admit
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  • Can't Recommend Caryn Enough!!
    10 months ago
    Caryn was absolutely instrumental in my journey towards getting into Wharton and Kellogg! I decided in late September to apply to round two and shopped around several consulting firms before deciding on SBC due to the candidness & accessibility of their consultants. I decided to apply to 4 schools with Caryn, and she created a timeline that helped me stay accountable during the application process. Prior to working with Caryn, I had disconnected ideas of how my past experiences had shaped me, why I wanted to go to business school, and what I hoped to achieve post-MBA, but no real connections between the thoughts. Caryn helped me link all the different ideas together into a proper story for my applications and interviews. She provided prompt ...
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    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Highly Recommend Caryn!
    10 months ago
    Caryn really took time to get to know me from the beginning and helped me craft a clear story for my application. Even though I'm sure she was juggling numerous clients, she was always responsive to my questions and quick with providing comments on my essays. Our mock interview was very helpful, and her feedback allowed me to go into my interviews with confidence. I highly recommend Caryn!
    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • You're Going To Want Caryn On Your Team
    10 months ago
    Working with Caryn has truly changed the course of my future; if I had hired another consultant, I would not have gotten into a top tier MBA program! Going into to this application cycle, I knew I had major weaknesses to mitigate. Caryn was there with me every step of the way; from GMAT re-takes to attempting the GRE, to suggesting additional coursework to take, to strategically editing essay drafts and finally sharing in my excitement when the admits started rolling in, I could not have gotten into school without her support and matter-of-fact feedback. I highly recommend Caryn to anyone who is dedicated to getting into a competitive MBA program and facing their weaknesses head-on to do so.
    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Highly Recommend!
    10 months ago
    I can’t say enough about Caryn. She was my Yoda getting through the MBA application process. She’s clear and concise in her feedback and helps you to define the best version of yourself. Caryn is encouraging and supportive, but also realistic. If you want the best, hire Caryn.
    Class of 2017 Admit
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