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.

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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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  • Flight Test Success!
    5 months ago
    SBC’s unique Flight Test provided differentiated insight and added even more value to their highly personalized service. My Flight Tester, Caryn, identified areas for improvement in my application that would have otherwise gone unaddressed. In addition to her thoughtful, candid and deliberate consultation, she provided actionable feedback that allowed me to tighten up my essays and short answers, strengthen my final product and gain admission to 3 of the 4 schools where I applied, including Wharton.
    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Strongly Recommend Caryn
    5 months ago
    Caryn helped me prepare my successful Kellogg application back in 2011 and since then, I continue to recommend her to MBA applicants who approach me for advice. I found her coaching to be thoughtful, straightforward, and holistic; she was able to help me tell my story tangibly better than I had when I brought her the first drafts of my essays. Working with Caryn was awesome, her advice is worth every penny, and I would recommend her without reservation.
    Class of 2015 Admit
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  • Worthwhile Investment For Professionals
    5 months ago
    Caryn provided me a very efficient summary of Kellogg’s admissions process. I applied to only one school. I was able to contextualize my application and spend what little spare time I had to prepare the best possible application.
    Class of 2014 Admit
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  • Highly Recommend Caryn Altman
    5 months ago
    Caryn worked with me as part of my applications to three MBA programs: HBS, Kellogg, and Anderson. Going with Caryn was one of the best decisions and investments I've ever made. My 5-star recommendation boils down to three things: she believed in me, she pushed me, and she knows this domain extremely well. Caryn's broad domain expertise was invaluable with school selection, she effectively coached me as I crafted my story, she helped me take my resume to the next level even when I thought it was done, and she provided super valuable feedback (strategic & tactical) as I crafted my essays. She pushed me to re-take the GMAT instilling confidence in me to take a 700 score even higher, which I did. I also ...
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    Class of 2014 Admit
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  • Constructive & Candid Feedback!!!
    5 months ago
    Caryn provided me with my Flight Test Review at SBC and her insight was invaluable she was able to draw on weaknesses in my application and provide guidance on how to mitigate. She was also able to give me insight on the quality of the application so I could gauge how far off I was before I could submit. Her review was integral in my application process and a value-added differentiator at SBC.
    Class of 2019 Admit
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  • Caryn Constructive
    6 months ago
    Caryn was the Flight Test reviewer for my successful application to HBS. At first, I was a little nervous to have a stranger read my essay and critique my resume, but Caryn's comments were thoughtful, constructive, and easy to understand. She not only opined on specific aspects of the application (resume, leadership qualities, essay, etc.) but also shared her broader impression of how the pieces fit together into a comprehensive story. Overall, the flight test was a very useful tool for fine-tuning my application and gave me the confidence I needed to put my best foot forward.
    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Highly Recommend Caryn
    6 months 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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    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Highly Recommend Caryn Altman At SBC
    6 months 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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    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • 100% Recommendation
    6 months 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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    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Amazing Experience... Highly Recommend
    7 months 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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    Class of 2021 Admit
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