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Stanford GSB | Mr. Lost Trader
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Said Business School | Ms. Ordinary Applicant
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Stanford GSB | Mr. Start-Up To F500
GMAT TBD, GPA 3.62
Stanford GSB | Mr. Startup Founder
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Harvard | Mr. M&A Post-Startup
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Yale | Mr. Consulting Escapist
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Harvard | Mr. Banking To Startup
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Wharton | Mr. Master’s To MBA
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USC Marshall | Mr. Versatile Entrepreneur
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INSEAD | Mr. Aerospace Manufacturer
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Stanford GSB | Ms. Education Non-profit
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Berkeley Haas | Mr. Real Estate Developer
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Stanford GSB | Mr. Failed Entrepreneur
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Stanford GSB | Mr. Immigrant Entrepreneur
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USC Marshall | Mr. Supply Chain Guru
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Charli Taylor

Senior Instructor

Career Protocol

Oregon

United States

Consultant Bio

Hi! My name is Charli. As a professional with 15 years of experience in all things international higher education, my passion is helping international-minded MBA-aspirants take brave, bold leaps to create lives by their own design. I do this through my years of experience in recruitment and admissions at brilliant institutions like Brunel, Exeter and Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell. I am thrilled when my students meet their inner brilliance; I believe in their vision and love coaching them to bring it life!

While earning an MA in Diplomatic Studies, I was the Managing Director of Westminster Business Consultants in London where I led students interested in gaining professional experience on projects for high-profile companies. I became a project manager and worked on education projects throughout the Middle East, the former Soviet Union and Vietnam. In fact, I’ve worked in over 50 countries with students from countless more alongside government ministries and international universities. I love a good Russian banya when in Moscow, downing a pint in the Eagle when I’m in London and hiking the gorgeous Cascades with my son when I’m home in Oregon. I expand my inner borders with meditation and my life’s work – which includes working with you – is motivated by making our world intellectually borderless.

Company Information

OK you’re smart, so you’ve probably read a lot of these. Here’s how we’re the same as some admissions consultants out there: in our elite school packages, we touch every single part of your application for your target schools as many times as we need to until the finished product inspires both you and us. We bring over a decade of expertise to bear, and we do all of this on a predictable timeline. Much more interesting, though, is what makes Career Protocol different. We’re not really consultants. We’re teachers. Career Protocol is a Professional Development Firm.

We think the MBA application process is a golden opportunity to uplevel your professional profile and executive skillset BEFORE you take the leap into the MBA. So instead of simply editing your essays, we use the MBA application as a training ground for new capabilities that will last you a lifetime.

Menu of Services and Associated Costs

THE IRRESISTIBLE MBA APPLICATION PACKAGE
Think of the Irresistible MBA Application Package (as we call it) as a nearly year-long course in executive-level self-awareness, communication, and relationship building skills tailored to your needs and experiences. We work with you on every aspect of the MBA application not only to maximize your chances of success but also to uplevel your executive skillset in the process. Your Career Protocol Instructor will teach you how to explore your values, tell epic stories, and build genuine relationships with your fellow humans in everything you do (yes, even when you’re just writing an MBA application!) so that you can have the impact you want to have in your career. Imagine how empowered you’ll feel the first day of class knowing that you used the whole year prior to your MBA building key leadership skills with an experienced teacher by your side.
If you want someone to edit your essays, work with friends and family. If you want to transform your ability to stand out for the rest of your career as the bright shiny unicorn* you are, work with us.
*We mean unicorn in the one-of-a-kind-unique sense, not in the instagrammy** rainbow sense.
** We do like instagrammy rainbow unicorns, tho. Especially the cupcake kind.
ONCE YOU GET INTO BUSINESS SCHOOL…
The fun doesn’t stop. We’ve got…

  • The Interview Hero Coaching Program
  • YOMO: You Only MBA Once (AKA Your Guide to Getting Your Best MBA Internship), and
  • How to Be the Smartest Person in the Room (AKA The Consulting Case Interview Hero Program)

These are all affordable group coaching programs to help you target and get the internship and post-MBA job you really want, while – of course – building your professional skillset every step of the way.

Location: Oregon, United States

Email: hello@careerprotocol.com

Website: https://careerprotocol.com

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  • Charli & The Confidence Factory
    1 month ago
    My ROI working with Charli was hands down above and beyond my wildest expectations. I am a non-traditional applicant, mid 30s female, 11 years of work experience at the same company in a sales and business development role, LGBTQ, above-average GPA in social sciences, with a ton of international experience. Prior to embarking on my MBA application journey, I hit rock bottom- I was losing my job, navigating an international move amidst COVID, studying for the GRE, and last but not least, going through a break-up. Starting with my initial consultation with Angela I could immediately feel the Career Protocol support web and instead of staying in my pity party, she helped me see a way out- a window of opportunity in ...
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  • An Absolute Champion at Building You Up!!
    2 months ago
    I’ve applied to colleges, including a master’s program alone before, and let me tell you, applying to b-schools is about 100 times more stressful. After the fiasco that was me trying to apply to one (!) b-school alone last year, while dealing with a really hectic work schedule, I decided I needed a professional’s help. After a few unsuccessful attempts at trying to connect with a local consultant, a friend introduced me to Charli. The difference between her and the other consultants I had spoken to was obvious from the get-go. From the very first call, Charli was encouraging and warm. Rather than treating the ‘flaws’ in my profile as weaknesses, she was able to help me build a unique profile, all while easing my ...
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  • Charli = Mentor + Consultant + Friend (what else do you need!!!)
    4 months ago
    B school application is a daunting one and there are lots of ups and downs. I had already gone through that phase in 2018. My biggest mistake was I was looking for consultants who were too professional so I did not have a personal touch to my applications which led to very dismal results (NIL ADMIT) in 2018-19 application year. After learning from my mistakes, I started my application for the 2019-20 admit cycle. This time I wanted someone who can understand me as a person, my culture and the impact of my work. This is where Charli came into my world. When I approached her for help and scheduled the first call, I could relate to her very easily. I found her very ...
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  • The friendly butcher – Charli Taylor
    4 months ago
    I’m a telecom engineer by background working as a technology consultant for the last 5 years. I wanted to understand the business side of things and transition to strategy consulting, hence I decided to do an MBA. Having got 710 on my GMAT, I realised that it would be a challenge for an Indian-male to get into a top business programme. To perfect every other part of my application, I decided to work with a consultant. I chose Career Protocol based on 2 things 1) reference - this person had just them been admitted to London Business School 2) my free consultation with Angela. Thank god I had Charli as my consultant. She is a perfectionist in every way and that’s exactly what I wanted. The ...
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    Sachin Poovanna
    MBA Class of 2022 Admit
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  • The Friendly Butcher – Charli Taylor
    4 months ago
    I’m a telecom engineer by background working as a technology consultant for the last 5 years. I wanted to understand the business side of things and transition to strategy consulting, hence I decided to do an MBA. Having got 710 on my GMAT, I realized that it would be a challenge for an Indian-male to get into a top business program. To perfect every other part of my application, I decided to work with a consultant. I chose Career Protocol based on 2 things 1) reference - this person had just them been admitted to London Business School 2) my free consultation with Angela. Thank god I had Charli as my consultant. She is a perfectionist in every way and that’s exactly what I wanted. The ...
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    Sachin Poovanna
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  • Charli is My HERO!
    5 months ago
    The MBA application process is a daunting one, and before I teamed up with Charli it felt like an impossible task. I debated working with a consultant for a while (it seemed so costly, but I can tell you now that it was WELL worth it) and spoke to a few different people at various companies. All had impressive stats, but the Career Protocol approach was by far the most unique and personal. Charli’s kind and bright personality radiated during our first call, and I instantly knew she would be a vital key in my journey. I cannot say enough great things about working with Charli – it was not only a pleasure but truly a transformational experience. The most influential aspect was learning so ...
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  • If You Need Someone To Raise You Up, Charli’s Your Woman!
    5 months ago
    I knew I wanted the full-time MBA experience to dedicate 2 years to developing myself and build my network but had a lot working against me - my stats weren’t great, my age had many asking why I didn’t just do a part-time MBA program, and I was looking to pivot into a completely different field. I ended up choosing Career Protocol based on gut feeling and have no regrets. Charli isn’t a project manager MBA consultant – she is a perfectionist that continually helps iterate and improve essays. I started my application process a bit later and would say I wish I started working on my essays earlier to feel less rushed closer to crunch time. Where Charli excels beyond any other MBA consultant I’ve ...
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  • Best Decision Ever!
    5 months ago
    Going into the MBA application journey, I had two main concerns. Although I’ve always known that I wanted to get into consulting post-MBA, coming from a somewhat non-conventional background, I did not have a compelling story to convince the adcom that this was the case. Charli was without a doubt an expert in this area. Through my initial sessions with Charli, I was able to discover a common theme in my past experiences and personal traits which I had not been aware of. The outcome was perfectly aligned to my consulting goal and was as genuine as it could be. The essays for the two M7 schools which I was admitted to were the ones that I believe showcased these aspects in the most original way. My ...
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  • The Non-Traditional Candidate
    5 months ago
    I graduated in 2010 with a bachelor's in hotel management. At the time I was 100% sure that was what I wanted to do with my life. Seven years into my career I realized that the personal values that brought me to hotel management were really more relevant to human capital and maximizing the capabilities of a business through its people. I began my transition into HR in Technology and really found my calling. In this career, I am challenged every day but I also see the impact of my work and ways in which I can lead with influence. The world of technology and startups change quickly and people programs become more complex every day. As I entered into conversation with Executives in various ...
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    Class of 2020 Admit
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  • Rockstar Consultant
    5 months ago
    The MBA application journey can be and was stressful and taxing. There were many times throughout the process where I doubted myself or zeroed in on my low GMAT score and weaknesses. On top of that, I was applying from Asia and felt disconnected from the MBA world from the other side of the world. I found myself turning to Charli for advice during these moments of doubt. She is not only an amazing advisor but also a friend. I always felt more confident and energized after my video calls Charli. She truly sees the best in each individual and knows how to masterfully guide you in creating an application that highlights all of your wins while ensuring you stay true to yourself. Her experience as an ...
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  • Look No Further Than Charli as Your Consultant!
    5 months ago
    I can’t say enough good things about Charli and my experience with her as well as with Career Protocol as a whole. Career Protocol was the only admissions firm I talked to and after doing an initial consultation, I knew I had come to the right people. That first discussion set my expectations high and I can confidently say, now that I’m on the other side, that my expectations were well met and beyond. I chose to work with a consultant because I didn’t have a lot of contacts that had been through the MBA admissions process and I knew that having someone to help me would be extremely valuable. Additionally, I wasn’t the most confident going into the process as well as ...
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  • #1 Hype (Wo)Man
    5 months ago
    Working with Charli was and remains (we’re still in touch) the best thing I did for my candidacy. Here’s why: I dove into MBA research like most of you, I was unhappy with my current career and its trajectory and I needed an out. I took my GMAT (700), lined up the rest of my stats (3.56 GPA from a regional liberal arts university no one has heard of, No name employers, and a six-month employment gap). And then I was stuck. No one in my network, my friends’ network, or my friends’ old high school volleyball coach’s network had ever gotten an MBA. So I turned to the consultants, hoping for some guidance. I made some of those free “check out our services” calls, ...
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  • Mate, You’re Brilliant! F*** the Test Scores!
    5 months ago
    The opportunity to work with Charli on my MBA applications was an invaluable experience. In fact, I would say it was profoundly transformational, as I experienced immense personal growth that went far beyond what I was expecting to gain from the MBA application process. Who am I? I am a 30-year-old white male and recovering CPA from the Big4 (PwC, EY, etc.) with a great job in corporate finance at a really cool startup in San Francisco. But after some reflection on where I was and where I wanted to go, it became clear to me that an MBA would help me get there. I wanted an MBA program that would help me develop impactful leadership skills, develop a strong understanding & strategic skillset in ...
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  • Working With Charli Is The Best Life Decision I Have Ever Made
    6 months ago
    The process of applying for an MBA is full of anxiety and uncertainty. But Charli made it fun for me. I applied to 4 schools and got interview calls from 3. Got admitted to 2, including HBS (I wouldn't have even applied to HBS had it not been for Charli's confidence in me and her inherent positivity). She is candid with you - about your strengths and your weaknesses. But she never pressures you to do anything you don't want. She motivated me to apply to the best schools, give the GMAT again and was the staunchest of cheerleaders throughout. She made me look at some of the work I had done in a new light - found impact in my stories where my humble self ...
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  • #1 or NOTHING: The Charli Taylor Story
    6 months ago
    When I decided to get an MBA, I had one school in mind and one alone. I tried to fall in love with other programs, but I knew that deep down, I would not be happy anywhere else. It was selective, as you can imagine. Unfortunately, my GPA and GMAT were both below the median. Oh, and I hadn’t taken a math class since high school. After slogging through the GMAT five times because of the verbal (don’t ask), I didn’t want to rob myself of the more joyful parts of the application, the self-reflection and research. Plus, I knew my only shot at making my dream a reality was to put together the best application I could, which meant getting outside help. Enter Charli. ...
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  • A true magician in helping you see your strengths
    9 months ago
    Applying for an MBA program can be a painful and confusing process. Applying as an international student is often a whole different level of daunting. The amazing thing about Charli is that she guides you through the process with so much care and consideration, you forget that what you're going through is a challenging experience! Charli knows the nuances of what it takes to get into a strong MBA program as an international student, whether it’s pulling out the strengths of your experience as a global citizen or more practical concerns like negotiating for scholarships. Charli is particularly adept at getting to the core of your experiences and drawing out the strengths that are not only attractive for an admissions department, but that fit with ...
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  • My North-Star & Probably Yours As Well
    1 year ago
    MBA applications, no matter who tells you what, are daunting. There are loads of constraints and knowledge asymmetry points: Colleges to choose? My fit? Branding myself? Maximizing impact in limited space? The process was even more complicated as an Indian male which may be the most over-represented applicant pool. It took me two years to climb this mountain of “fear of applying” and I attribute my success wholeheartedly to Charli. In 2018 I was browsing Poets&Quants review of Admission Consultants and Career Protocol’s setup made me inquisitive. They were very unique in marketing themselves and seemed fun. I decided to take the plunge after a free consultation and from then on Charli became, literally, my best friend. She didn’t tinker with my personality rather she encouraged ...
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  • Reflections On a 5 Year Journey...After the 1st Week of Classes
    1 year ago
    In Spring of 2011, I felt for perhaps the first time, the heartbreak of rejection. I was an undeclared sophomore at UC Berkeley who was not accepted into the undergraduate Haas business school program. I remember my mom crying for me because "a door had been closed", and I believed her. Sorry Charli, you're probably thinking to yourself "Oh my god, ****, you're still writing depressing stories, even on my review." See what she had to work with? To try and write this with a more light-hearted tone, I think that was the moment I realized I actually had wanted to "go to business school". And so after graduating college, I took my GMAT in 2014 (680 and then 710) and thus the countdown began. Flash forward ...
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  • I’d Buy T-Shirts with Charli’s Name On Them & Distribute Them For Free! :)
    1 year ago
    When I first began the process of applying to business schools, I was extremely unsure if it was for me. I did not know if my GRE score was in the ‘safe’ zone for an Indian applicant and I wasn’t sure if the admissions committee would like my story, because of my unusual career trajectory. When you see your peers from traditional backgrounds with incredible experiences and realize that you are an outlier in the career path you chose, often it can be difficult to own your story and the risks you took. I found it challenging to tell my story with authenticity but also in a manner that would be palatable. Charli is a gifted storyteller, the best I know personally. She is ...
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  • FOLKS LET'S BE REAL HERE
    1 year ago
    HA. I know you are browsing MBA consultants as you probably just got your GMAT done. Recently you feel anxiety level keeps soaring - you are not really sure how best to approach your applications. YA. I was walking in your shoes exactly a year ago. BECAUSE I made a decision to work with Charli also exactly a year ago, I am packing up to go to my dream school (top 6) this fall even though I come from a relatively weak background. You'd be like whattttt?????? define how weak a background you had. My 'relatively weak' background: GMAT: 680-710-680 My third attempt tells me I am as good as 680, but I got freaking lucky for a 710, which is still 20 below my class average. (TRAUMATIZING) Work: ...
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  • Charli is the Elle Woods of Admissions Consultants
    1 year ago
    I’ve been saying that I am going to get my MBA since 2012. In the course of the last 7 years, I have been an MBALaunch participant, visited a dozen schools to sit in on classes/meet admissions teams, taken an MGMAT course twice, and a Kaplan GRE course once. To say I was well versed in the admissions process is an understatement, yet I was always afraid to bite the bullet and actually hit submit on any of my applications because I knew my test scores and my GPA were all below my target schools’ standards. Every year was the same thing - “maybe next year”. Finally facing my 30U30 bucket list, I decided to reach out to admissions consultants to ...
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  • Best Consultant if You Want to Be Differentiated!
    1 year ago
    Coming from a hyper competitive background (ivy league grad, investment banking analyst, private equity associate at a megafund), I felt like I needed someone to guide me with my process and story. I called and interviewed ~20 consultants and chose Charli. Working with Charli was the best decision I made in the application process, and I am now going to HBS this fall! She was responsive, incredibly friendly and warm, and helped guide me and mold every part of my application. We went through tens of rounds of essay revisions together, prepped for my interviews at HBS and GSB, and she was my biggest cheerleader throughout. It was amazing how many of the questions she asked me during our mock interviews showed up in the ...
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  • A consultant, a friend, a mentor, a great sounding board- your biggest champion and the best consultant to work with
    1 year ago
    Charli really sees you for who you are! Working with Charli has been the best decision I ever made. Right from the onset, she was super invested in me and my story, she was determined to see me getting accepted at all the schools I had applied to and pushed and motivated me to have it no other way. Every interview was preceded by a heartfelt message instilling a whole lot of confidence in me. There were times when I had lost hope and doubted myself, in these desperate times Charli helped me regain the confidence and reminded me of the accomplishments I belittled. As someone who came from a non-feeder school, competitive pool (Indian, female), WE: top 5 consulting firms with a pivot to social ...
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  • From Zero to Hero
    1 year ago
    I made a promise to never again hire an MBA consultant. I applied to B-school twice. The first time around, I utilized a consultant from a well-known, big name consulting company. I ended up getting dinged by every school I applied to, without an interview. Given the results, I followed up with my consultant and shared my disappointment with the service. What blew my mind was that my consultant refused to take ownership and framed the situation in way where I was at fault. I found this to be incredibly discouraging. After all, MBA consultants are not cheap. If you drop good money, I believe you’re entitled to good results. This experience was clearly not the case, and it tainted my image of MBA consultants. ...
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  • WHO YOU GONNA CALL? CALL CHARLI!
    1 year ago
    I was feeling lost and a bit overwhelmed as I began my journey applying to business schools. As a public school teacher with no connections to business schools, I felt intimated by the whole process. I didn’t have any close friends or family who had attended a prestigious business school to go to for advice. I was also going through a tumultuous time personally, and trying to balance a very hectic work schedule. Then, in came Charli! Charli made all the difference. She advised me about school choices, applying through and joining The Consortium, school visits, essays, interviews, you name it. She was my mentor AND my cheerleader. Several times along the way I really struggled and doubted myself, ...
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  • Incredible experience - Caring, knowledgable, honest and devoted coach!
    1 year ago
    Working with Charli was one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had and I would strongly recommend her as your consultant! I had previously applied to B-Schools two years ago (I was not even remotely successful), without a consultant and with little guidance. I attended a lesser known state college for my undergrad and spent my career working for the federal government. With a goal of transitioning out of the public sector and into investment banking, I knew that I needed to find someone to help craft my story. As a first generation college student at a company with few MBAs, I didn’t know anyone personally that could assist. From the first consultation, I knew that Charli genuinely cared about my story and wasn’t going ...
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