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

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Location: Illinois, United States

Phone: 866-667-8229

Email: info@StacyBlackman.com

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

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  • Highly Recommend Caryn
    5 days ago
    I first started working with Caryn when I signed up for the MBA Process – Plan Ahead package. This option was very helpful since I didn’t know where I stood with the schools I was thinking about applying to. I knew I didn’t have the best background with a below average GPA among the top schools and a non-elite undergraduate degree so I was going to need as much help as possible. Caryn was able to determine what my strengths were and how I could address my weaknesses ahead of time while clarifying what schools would be a reach and where I would be competitive. Later on, I signed up for the All-in-package for four schools. I didn’t have any friends, co-workers, or family that ...
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  • Highly Recommend Caryn Altman At SBC
    7 days ago
    I worked with Caryn on four applications for round 1 (HBS, Columbia, Wharton, Stanford) and had a phenomenal experience. First, Caryn was very effective and helpful in formulating my application strategy. She took the time to understand my background and my career goals and helped me package myself to create a compelling story for admissions committees. We spent a lot of time on this up front, which provided me with a clear direction for the whole process. Secondly, Caryn was very organized and responsive throughout the entire application process. Even though we worked on four apps, I never felt rushed or pressed for time because Caryn established a clear schedule and game-plan for finishing each piece of each application. She turned drafts around very quickly and ...
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  • 100% Recommendation
    2 weeks ago
    I had an awesome experience in working with Caryn this past summer. I was applying to 6 schools for Round 1, and naturally was anxious to dive straight in and begin writing essays. She helped me take a step back and helped me craft a thoughtful story about what I’ve done, who I am, and who I want to be with respect to my career. Nailing this story upfront was invaluable, as I was able to consistently draw from it when writing essays all the way through interviews. The beginning of the essay portion was definitely a struggle for me, but Caryn was extremely helpful in going through no less than 10 drafts of my first essay to make sure we were getting off on ...
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  • Amazing Experience... Highly Recommend
    1 month ago
    I worked with Caryn and SBC for class of 2021 applications and found working with her incredibly valuable. The decision to work together paid off as I was accepted to Wharton which was my top choice, as well as Kellogg and UNC. Caryn took the time to get to know me and my background first and then helped me craft the best possible story and application strategy based on my prior experiences and future goals. She then continued to provide tremendous value through all phases of the application process by providing candid and straightforward feedback and pushing me to produce my best work in my applications. After I submitted my applications, Caryn helped me prepare for the interviews and SBC also scheduled and conducted a mock ...
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  • 5 School Applications
    1 month ago
    I worked with Caryn to apply R1 in 2017 after having unsuccessfully applied to five schools in the first round of the previous year. Caryn was on top of every detail and made sure that we stuck to our deadlines, which was critical applying to five programs no matter how far in advance we started our planning. She absolutely has a mind for this work and was able to position my experience to fit with each individual school. Most importantly though, she helped me think through where I had been and where I really wanted to go and that made my application all the more authentic and genuine. In the end, I got acceptances from Columbia, Booth, and an interview invite from Haas that I ...
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    Class of 2020, Admit
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  • Highly Recommend Caryn At StacyBlackman!!
    2 months ago
    This past year I worked with Caryn at StacyBlackman and was tremendously satisfied with the service I received. Her advice and guidance was extremely helpful throughout my entire application process and instrumental to my Wharton admission. As a candidate coming from an untraditional background I wanted to work with a consultant who would help me navigate the application process. After evaluating multiple firms and consultants I chose Caryn because of not only her previous adcom background and brand management career experience, but also because of how much she cared about my candidacy. While I spoke with other qualified consultants, she was the only one who I felt looked beyond our relationship being a business transaction and would be there to support me no matter what ...
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    Class of 2019, Admit
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  • Incredible Peace Of Mind!
    2 months ago
    I had the pleasure of working with Caryn as my Flight Test reviewer. It gave me incredible peace of mind to hear feedback from a professional who has actually reviewed applications as part of an admissions committee. It was also wildly helpful to hear feedback from someone who was reading my essays for the first time!
    Class of 2021, Admit
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  • Caryn Flight Test
    2 months ago
    Caryn served as my Flight Test reviewer. Caryn reviewed my application for ~20 mins (the same amount of time a member of the AdCom would spend on an application) and gave me and Beth (my consultant) some high-level, yet critical, feedback that we were able to incorporate into my applications before submitting. I appreciated the Flight Test review as it simulated an actual AdCom review and allowed for third-party feedback from an experienced MBA consultant!
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  • Awesome Experience!
    2 months ago
    I worked with Caryn and SBC for c/o 2021 applications and found the service incredibly valuable. The decision to work together paid off as I was accepted to Kellogg and Ross. As my consultant, Caryn was there to guide me through every step of the application process from honing my application strategy to interview prep. She is always straightforward and honest in her feedback and extremely responsive. Overall she was an incredible coach throughout the process, keeping me on track and calm through the pressure of the application process. She pushed me to do my best work and find my authentic, unique story. When I shared the good news with her it was awesome to hear how excited she was for me! I looked at other firms ...
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  • Flight Test
    2 months ago
    The SBC flight test is a phenomenal service in that it provides an additional set of eyes from an experienced industry professional to review applications before final submissions. Caryn was able to assess my application and provide various tips for improvement in order to ensure I put my best foot forward before submitting the final version. She highlighted areas of my professional experience to strengthen what had not been fine-tuned enough. Often, after working on an application for so long and knowing your own story so well, it is easy to overlook certain areas of your candidacy that may be really unique. She ensured that I did not overlook any chance to show admissions committees my fullest potential. Thanks Caryn!
    Class of 2021, Admit
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