My career in MBA prep started in January of 2000, teaching verbal GMAT Prep for Kaplan. I had just returned from studying brand strategy and consumer loyalty at ESC-Amiens, a French-speaking business school, as the first recipient of the Global Scholar Award from the University of Iowa.
While completing my MBA studies in the Spring of 2000, I was recruited to head up the GMAT service offering for a large admissions consulting firm. For 13 years, I worked to prepare MBA applicants part-time.
Post-MBA, I spent eight years working for Fortune 500 companies in marketing management roles, writing award-winning advertising campaigns for Gannett and direct mail that broke sales records for Dow Jones.
As the Wells Fargo corporate newsletter editor, I interviewed upper management and told their stories. Once familiar with my talents, many invited me to write their bios and serve as their ghostwriter.
Exiting corporate, I started a consultancy developing value propositions for new startup owners, helping them increase sales revenue and obtain VC funding.
Drawn to marketing people rather than products, I decided to go from part-time to full-time with MBA prep consulting. I help both full-time and EMBA leaders get into Top 10 MBA programs.
Live jazz is my jam, along with personal development and perfecting my French. You might find me swimming, meditating. Sipping on sangria, asking strangers if I can pet their dog.
Schedule a profile review with me to see if we would make a good team. I want to help you create your best applications to get into your dream b-school and pursue a career that excites you.
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