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Erika

Stacy Blackman Consulting

United States

Consultant Bio

Erika received her MBA from Harvard Business School, where she also served as an HBS Admissions Ambassador. She earned her BBA (with high distinction) at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, and spent the first two years of her undergraduate studies in University of Michigan’s Honors College, where she was named an Angell Scholar. In the spring of 2011 she was invited back to the Ross campus to help judge the undergraduate investment competition.

In addition to her admissions consulting work, Erika is a freelance writer who has written everything from corporate web site copy for design firms, to white papers and PowerPoint presentations for mutual fund corporations, to social media content and movie reviews for national DVD retailer Redbox. She is a board member of the Chicago Film Critics Association and attends movie screenings each week alongside the likes of Richard Roeper. What’s more, her first book, Zero-Sum Game: The Rise of the World’s Largest Derivatives Exchange, was published by Wiley in late 2010. It’s about the stranger-than-fiction multibillion-dollar bidding war that erupted for the Chicago Board of Trade while Erika was a Managing Director there. Erika’s thoughts on the exchange industry and mentions of her book have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Reuters, The Chicago Tribune, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and several other publications.

As the Managing Director of Marketing at the Chicago Board of Trade, Erika was not only taking down notes for her eventual manuscript, but also responsible for the exchange’s heavily trafficked web site, a multimillion-dollar advertising budget, and all product marketing materials. Further, she was selected by the CEO to be part of a small team dedicated to integrating the Chicago Board of Trade and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange’s operations after the two companies agreed to merge.

Before joining the Board of Trade, Erika was the Vice President of Communications, Programs and User Experience at JPMorgan Chase. In this role she was responsible for the Commercial Banking division’s web site, as well as all marketing communications for Internet-based products and the company’s first-ever ethnographic customer research effort.

Prior to graduate school, Erika was an Internet strategy consultant and worked with clients in the financial services and pharmaceutical industries. She oversaw a five-continent, ten-country customer research project and opened the Chicago office for her Seattle-based firm.

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: United States

Phone: 866-667-8229

Email: info@StacyBlackman.com

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

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  • Erika is Amazing!
    5 months ago
    Working with Erika and the SBC team was one of the best decisions I made. Going into the application process, I had my eyes on only one program that I felt was within my range. After talking with Erika, I decided to shoot higher for the top tier schools. Erika's thorough approach got the best out of me for my resume, and her advice helped me convey my true self to the admissions committees. She helped me tailor my application for each school I was applying to, prepared me thoroughly for my interview, and kept me on schedule during a hectic application season with her gentle reminders. She remained in my corner as the decisions came out, including the inevitable dings, and her encouragement helped ...
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  • Personable, Knowledgeable & Extremely Helpful
    9 months ago
    Applying to the top 5 MBA programs and coming from a fairly traditional financial background, I knew I would need to differentiate myself through my story in my essays. I enlisted Erika for this exact reason, and she was able to help me execute on this. Erika will push you to craft your own ideas, which allows you to take ownership of your essays, but will provide necessary commentary to turn your ideas into a thoughtful story that tactfully addresses the essay question. She was very helpful in streamlining my essays to actually get to the point, while leaving an impression on the reader. I would definitely recommend Erika to anyone applying to top MBA programs, who sometimes struggles with expressing themselves via writing! Erika ...
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  • Thank You Erika at SBC!!!
    10 months ago
    I was very lucky to work with Erika at SBC on my HBS application this year and couldn’t be more pleased with the process. I’m sure each applicant struggles with information overload when applying to MBA programs – there are many (and often conflicting) opinions available online that can over-complicate the application process. I found Erika’s approach to be extremely thorough yet efficient, which was particularly valuable given I was applying from a finance job that didn’t leave a lot of time for second-guessing my application materials and approach. Erika has a gift for quickly internalizing your “story” and nuanced qualities of your overall applicant profile and helping you highlight elements that you may otherwise overlook or take for granted. This fresh, focused perspective really helped ...
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  • Working w/ Erika at SBC!
    10 months ago
    I was on the fence about hiring an admissions consultant. With so much information available online, it seemed like it may have been unnecessary. I ended up getting an all-in package from SBC and working with Erika and I am so glad I did. Erika did a great job of helping me tell my story in a unique and creative way that brought success. I got into every school that I worked with Erika on (HBS, Kellogg, and Wharton), and the insights she shared were helpful for other schools as well. I cannot speak highly enough about Erika, and my only regret would be that I did not enlist her help earlier in the process.
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  • Review of Erika & SBC
    11 months ago
    I worked with Erika on Round 1 applications for the Class of 2021. Coming from a military background, I didn’t know what schools were looking for or how to speak about my background in a way that would make sense to the admissions committees. Erika’s perspective was invaluable in helping me create a personal brand that resonated with the schools I applied to. She not only helped me translate professional jargon into a language understood by the adcoms, but she also highlighted many skills and experiences that I had but took for granted, having only worked around military colleagues my whole career. Erika was an excellent sounding board for essay ideas and gave me candid feedback on which ones to discount and which to run ...
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  • Working with Erika at SBC
    2 years ago
    Starting the application process, I was daunted by the challenge of applying to eight schools (all top ten) while trying to figure out how to make my profile stand out in a common and competitive applicant demographic. I started working with Erika at SBC, and was immediately impressed with how efficient she made the process, and how insightful her feedback was. Erika was quickly able to help me focus on the key stories from my professional and personal experiences that would differentiate me. As we progressed through all the applications, I had peace of mind in knowing that with her guidance, I was writing essays that would resonate with the admissions committees. Ultimately, I was accepted to five out of eight schools (Booth, Columbia, Sloan, ...
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  • Working with Erika
    2 years ago
    I worked with Erika for admission to the Class of 2020 R1. I started working with Erika in January. She was absolutely great as a resource and just a great partner to bounce ideas and issues off of. The application process is filled with self-doubt and uncertainty and she was a steady hand throughout the process. She helped me go over career decisions as it related to the MBA process. On the application side, she helped me pull the most authentic and effective stories for my essays. She was also extremely personal and gave me vacation tips when I visited Bali. She was a pleasure to work with but kept it real. If something I wrote or said was negative, she didn't hesitate in letting ...
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  • Review of Erika at SBC
    2 years ago
    I considered Stacy Blackman, Veritas, and MBA Mission before choosing an all-in package. I read extensively online and held phone screens with each before making my selection. After applying during the R1, I am incredibly glad that I chose Stacy Blackman. I highly recommend SBC’s all-in package and specifically have wonderful things to say about Erika. One of the primary reasons I was initially drawn to SBC is because they let you choose your own advisor, who you work with across all schools/applications, while the advisor will thoughtfully bring-in school-specific experts when necessary. By the time you decide to apply to b-school, your job experiences, grades, and extra curriculars are all set, so the advisor’s primary goal is to help you craft your story. Besides her impressive ...
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  • Review of Erika (SBC)
    3 years ago
    I worked with Erika at SBC, had a fantastic experience, and recommend her with the fullest enthusiasm! Despite feeling prepared, I wanted some support from an impartial but expert source to ensure my applications were strong. Erika provided hourly advice for my applications to 2 schools, and I couldn't be more thankful for her help. I was admitted to both schools and will be attending HBS in the fall. There are many reasons why Erika was a huge help, but I found three things to be the most helpful. 1. She will save you time and keep you on track: Having someone to be accountable to will inherently help you meet and keep deadlines. But Erika added value beyond this. First, she ensures very quick ...
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  • Working with Erika at Stacy Blackman Consulting
    3 years ago
    I worked with Erika at SBC and was admitted to both Harvard and Stanford in Round 1! I spoke with many services before selecting SBC for their honesty, professionalism, and straight-forward advice. Most importantly, I felt comfortable with Erika and sharing my perceived strengths and weaknesses. The business school application process can feel like a black hole that you're stuck in for upwards of half a year. Not only do you need someone with years of tangible experience and best practices to help you position your resume, essays and recommendation letters in the best light, but you also need someone who understands the full weight of the process to keep you above water. Throughout the application process, Erika was not only a fantastic consultant who ...
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