I enjoy helping clients from all corners of the globe tell their stories. Here’s mine.
After doing my undergrad in Economics, I went into sales for Wells Fargo. Curious about the science behind my “relationship banking” sales goals at Wells Fargo, marketing seemed to spark my interest, but I instead pursued law at Tulane in New Orleans. I was miserable – in the words of my friend at Tulane, I was “more of a people person than a bookworm.”
This motivated me to drop law school and pursue an MBA, with a concentration in marketing. I also had a personal long-time ambition to study in France and become fluent in French.
I applied over the summer to late-deadline MBA programs starting that year. After visiting several schools, I settled on the University of Iowa, where I would be their first “pioneer” to study abroad. They offered me a Global Scholar award to do so.
Upon my return, I worked as a verbal GMAT Prep instructor for Kaplan in Iowa City, during my last semester of business school. Post-MBA, I spent 8 years in marketing management working for industry leaders including Gannett, Dow Jones, and Wells Fargo. In the evenings, I served as a verbal GMAT tutor and MBA essay editor for a very well-known admissions consulting firm.
From 2006 to 2008, I interviewed upper management and told their stories as the Walls Fargo corporate newsletter editor. Once familiar with my talents, many invited me to write their bios and serve as their ghostwriter. This sparked an even greater interest in a full-time career in the area of communications and admissions consulting.
In 2008, I became a certified coach and helped new self-employed professionals develop their value proposition and monetize their business. While ramping up my practice, I returned to my alma mater, California State University, to teach Advertising and Strategic Management. I also taught Economics and MBA-level Marketing for other universities.
Drawn to marketing people rather than products, in 2014 I decided to go from part-time to full-time with MBA prep consulting. I worked for several well-known admissions consultancies, gaining a tremendous wealth of experience and approaches. At the same time, I formally embarked upon my own practice, MBAPrepCoach.com.
What sets me apart is that I am a certified coach who is highly trained in the art of asking questions and extracting the right “content” for your application. I am also a marketing expert and a professional writer/editor.
Live jazz is my jam, along with personal development and perfecting my French. You might find me swimming, meditating, or sipping on sangria, asking strangers if I can pet their dog.
I enjoy working with applicants to all program formats: full-time, part-time and EMBA.
Curious about working with me? Please review my testimonials, rates and services. Then, fill out my prospective client form and send me your CV via http://MBAPrepCoach.com. I will reach out to schedule a Skype chat.
My mission is to help you create your best applications, get into your dream b-school, and most of all, pursue a meaningful career that excites you.
To Your Continued Success!
98% admitted to a top MBA program…80% to a top 5…most to their first-choice school
In a sea of qualified MBA applicants….who stands out? The candidate with clear passions, career goals, and a personal brand. The memorable candidate.
I connect your experience, skills, and strengths into a succinct, persuasive value proposition. This is conveyed to the admissions committee through your resume, essays, application responses, letters of recommendation, Linked In profile and school interviews.
The result? I have helped dozens of statistically-challenged applicants break into top American, Asian and European MBA programs. over half with sizeable merit scholarships.
In terms of credentials, I’m an interview coach, marketing professor, and a resume specialist. Yet what really counts is that I’m a good listener, a great editor, and very devoted to the success of my clients.
My coaching brings forth your most compelling, authentic content. As partners, we shape a distinct, memorable brand that shines through each part of your application.
Reasons for my success
✦ MARKETING EXPERT
Skilled at conveying your value
✦ CERTIFIED CAREER COACH
Eliciting concrete post-MBA goals
✦ CORPORATE & STARTUP LEADERSHIP
16 years of post-MBA experience informing your apps
✦ FORMER MBA PROFESSOR
My academic experience will help enrich your essays
✦ COMMUNICATION COACH
Guiding your prep for video essays and interviews
✔ I KNOW WHAT’S OUT THERE
Having worked for five large admissions consulting firms, I’ve read and edited several hundred essays. I know what has been “done to death” by applicants, and where the opportunities lie.
✔ I HAVE WHAT IT TAKES
Contact me at the email below to set up a time to chat and see if we would make a good team. I want to help you create your best applications – get into your dream b-school – and pursue a career that excites you.
Menu of Services and Associated Costs
I take the time to get to know my clients inside and out. This allows us to create truly customized applications that are consequently very successful.
Also, you will be working with me directly – a full-time experienced proven professional – on all elements of the application.
It’s important that we work together on every aspect of your application. NOT just your essays. Statistically, each element is weighted equally. Essays are weighed the same as your letters of recommendation, CV, and application boxes.
For this reason, the first application generally requires 40 hours. My hourly rate is $100/hour. Subsequent applications are sequentially less, 25-30 hours, then 10-15 hours for 3rd and 4th applications. I strive to maximize your chances by repurposing your content in other applications.
Don’t roll the dice on your future when the payoff is potentially massive: starting salary, scholarships, and being supremely prepared for MBA internship interviews.
Steps to Success
❯❯ Content that forms our foundation
❯❯ Applauded by Career Services at HBS, GSB, Booth and other top schools
❯❯ Post-MBA goals to construct a cohesive narrative
Outlining Your Stories
❯❯ Identifying the best contenders for essays and recommendations
Identifying Your Brand
❯❯ The golden thread & unique value proposition
❯❯ We review fit, goals & writing opportunities
Recommendation Talking Points
❯❯ I outline work achievement anecdotes for your recommenders
❯❯ Showing the human behind the achievements
❯❯ Elevating your candidacy and brand with these responses
❯❯ School-specific interview question scripting & delivery
Introspect, brainstorm, outline, draft, and edit.
This is the process for each element: CV, recommendation talking points, essays, application boxes, LinkedIn profile, and interview responses.
It takes time to think, process and iterate.
More time ❯❯ better content ❯❯ better quality applications ❯❯ better chances
Start as early as possible.
Location: United States