Colleen McLaughlin

Senior MBA Consultant


United States

Net Promoter Score: 10

Consultant Bio

A true global citizen, Colleen McLaughlin has worked to launch businesses and drive access to healthcare in 15 countries around the world.

After earning her BS in Industrial & Systems Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and her MBA from Harvard Business School, Colleen found herself in many challenging situations: rolling up her sleeves in a pharmaceutical manufacturing facility, presenting a $500M business plan to the board of a top U.S. integrated health system, riding a motorbike to test the supply chain of a rural African health clinic, and even in the South Africa Office of the Presidency, implementing a data analytics platform to drive decision making. You know what they say – variety is the spice of life!

Colleen has built her career serving in both strategic and operational roles in the public and private sectors, including experience in management consulting, life sciences multinationals and emerging market governments and NGOs. She also has extensive experience working with social entrepreneurs to assess markets, identify opportunities, develop viable business plans, launch businesses, seek capital and develop exit strategies in emerging markets.

Colleen has a passion for helping people identify their unique motivations, talents and value. When she is not working, she is busy eating her way around the globe. A street food connoisseur, she is up to 38 countries and counting. She can also be found spending time with her lovable but at times needy rottweiler, or decked out in white and gold cheering on her beloved Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.

Company Information

Admissionado is a results-driven MBA admissions consulting agency. We have a lust for smart ideas and

tactics that – quite simply – work. We embrace a two-person specialty approach to consulting, leveraging the talents of strategic business geniuses with masters of writing. Browse through our website to get a sense of our style, our process, our team, and our case studies. We’re a no-nonsense crew, committed to delivering a boutique experience that stretches potential and earns admit letters.

Menu of Services and Associated Costs

We offer three different packages to accommodate individuals with different needs and budgets. Our Gold and Platinum packages include everything under the sun: deep strategic guidance plus comprehensive essay development, along with all the supporting elements such as interview prep, resume and LOR support, and unlimited access to your MBA consultant. We also offer a more economical Silver package (starting at $3,250) for those who prefer a more targeted experience: deep strategy plus comprehensive essay development (and the flexibility to add on any individual elements as needed).

Location: United States



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  • Colleen McLaughlin & Admissionado: Absolute Pros!
    1 year ago
    If you are looking for a motivating, collaborative, and expert admissions consultant, look no further – Colleen and Admissionado are the best! As someone applying to B-school as part of a career transition from outside the private sector, I wanted professional guidance about the best way to structure my application to have the best chance of admission. I applied to a tier-2 b-school on a tight timeline, and I can wholeheartedly say that working with Colleen and Admissionado made a world of difference. I cannot recommend Colleen highly enough. Her diverse background in global settings provided plenty of common ground to form a connection as thought partners, and her friendly personality made it such a pleasure to work together with during an intense application sprint. Colleen ...
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    Class of 2025 Admit
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  • Loved Working With Colleen!
    2 years ago
    When starting the application process, I was having a really hard time deciding what pieces of my background to focus on. I had a 710 GMAT with a Big 4 consulting background, and Colleen immediately helped me walk through my story and recognize the pieces that should be highlighted. Furthermore, she took great care to make sure I understood her process and her thorough feedback. With Colleen and Admissionado's help, I got into my dream school CBS! Thanks, Colleen!!
    Class of 2024 Admit
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  • Great Experience With Colleen & Admissionado!
    2 years ago
    Colleen and the Admissionado team were an incredible help and I would highly recommend to anyone applying to an MBA program. They helped me obtain admittance to MIT Sloan with $$$, Kellogg with $$$, and HBS. Admissionado as a whole was a great experience in which a full team supported me in different ways including writing, resume building, interviewing, guidance on topics that I needed to be political about, and more. The agency was more relaxed and a little less formal, which I enjoyed, but had extensive experience in the nuances of top programs, how the program's personalities differed, and what the programs specifically looked for. The structure of the agency is very personal in that you regularly work with a single consultant, but an entire ...
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    Class of 2024 Admit
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  • Colleen McLaughlin & Admissionado Are Fantastic!
    3 years ago
    Overall I had an incredible experience with Colleen, Claudia, and the rest of the Admissionado team. Colleen was instrumental in guiding me through the application processes at two tier-1 MBA programs, leading to an HBS acceptance (my top choice). After speaking with 3 different companies in the summer of 2019, I was immediately drawn to Colleen and impressed by the support of the entire Admissionado team provided. Colleen was thorough in getting to know my background, personality, and interests, and she was incredibly easy to be vulnerable with. For personal reasons, I decided to push my applications by a year and Colleen was very flexible and went as far as to create a detailed script of strengths and weaknesses for me to work on over ...
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    Class of 2023 Admit
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  • Fantastic Experience with Colleen
    5 years ago
    Here is a debrief of my application process and my experience with Colleen from Admissionado. As an overview, I had a 710 GMAT and had good but maybe not great profile, especially for top tier schools, which were a stretch. To cut a long story short, the outcome was that I got into my first choice school - Cambridge Judge Business School - with a significant scholarship. I cannot recommend Colleen highly enough and attribute a huge amount of this great outcome to the help I got from her. I got in touch with Admissionado for the free initial consultation they offer and was connected with Colleen for a skype call. Colleen was clearly very knowledgeable, gave great feedback on my CV and gave very good ...
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    Class of 2019 Admit
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