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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P&Q Consultant Reviews

  • 5 School Applications
    8 months 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!!
    8 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!
    8 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
    8 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!
    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Awesome Experience!
    8 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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    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Flight Test
    8 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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  • Amazing Experience!
    8 months ago
    Caryn was amazing to work with! I am a young candidate with average/below average GPA and GMAT from a mid-level consulting firm, so had lots of reasons to doubt my chances at the top programs. Whenever I was over-thinking or too in my head, Caryn helped me to calm down and think clearly. She helped me bring out my unique story and non-traditional career goals. I was eventually admitted to Stanford GSB, Wharton, Booth, and Kellogg!!! I could not have gotten here without Caryn's patience and dedication, or without SBC's extensive resources! The SBC flight test helped identify holes in my application package and I was able to talk to Caryn and a Wharton team based interview expert to prepare for my interviews. ...
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    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Definitely Recommend
    9 months ago
    Caryn provided useful, concrete feedback as one of my consultants with SBC, which strengthened my application and ultimately helped me gain admission to Booth and Wharton. I'd highly recommend to anyone applying for business school who is considering using an admissions consultant.
    Jacob Morello
    MBA Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Great experience
    10 months ago
    I used Caryn for my admissions to Cornell and Michigan Ross c/o 2014. She took the time to understand the strengths and weakness of my candidacy. She was very responsive and collaborative. I can safely say I wouldn’t have been admitted to either school. I highly recommend Caryn for anyone looking at MBA. I finished the process with admissions to both schools and zero complaints about Caryn.
    Trevor Ronderos
    MBA
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  • Gets The Job Done!
    10 months ago
    I couldn't be happier with my decision to use SBC and Caryn for admissions consulting. She effectively guided me through every aspect of my admissions journey, her feedback and direction was thoughtful and informed, and she was a wonderful coach who helped challenge me to build a compelling application package. Engaging SBC and Caryn was a bet that paid off enormously, more than I could have hoped. 5 years after completing my MBA and I couldn't be happier with my career past, present, and future. So grateful for my decision to work with Caryn!
    David Bernardi
    MBA
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