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Harshad Mali mbaMIssion

Harshad Mali


Chicago, Illinois

United States

Consultant Bio

With an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, a BE in mechanical engineering from the Government College of Engineering in Aurangabad, India, and an ME in mechanical and aerospace engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Harshad Mali has enjoyed a successful career as both an engineer and an entrepreneur. In addition to having worked in design and product development within the automotive industry for the truck manufacturer Navistar, he has traveled extensively in Europe, Asia, and South America to evaluate and create supply chains for critical hardware. After graduating from Chicago Booth, Harshad co-founded a consulting start-up to address the operational and product commercialization challenges faced by small- and medium-sized manufacturing companies. His corporate and entrepreneurial experiences have given him valuable insight into the various career paths MBAs pursue. An avid mentor and coach, Harshad has participated in university career fairs, discussing professional goals and career paths with graduating students, and has also freelanced as an MBA essay consultant.

Company Information

mbaMission is the world’s leading MBA admissions consulting firm and the only one exclusively recommended by Manhattan Prep and Kaplan GMAT. Our dedicated, full-time Senior Consultants work one-on-one with business school candidates to identify and showcase their strongest attributes in their applications.

When applying to an elite MBA program, you need elite experience on your side. mbaMission’s full-time consultants are highly skilled communicators with comprehensive knowledge of the MBA admissions process, and helping you navigate that process to your fullest potential is our sole priority. You can be confident of having our undivided attention, because admissions consulting is our exclusive focus. In pursuing your MBA, you are making an important investment in yourself, so choose a firm whose singular objective is helping you achieve your goals.

Our full-time team includes MBAs from all the top programs. Although you work exclusively with one dedicated consultant at mbaMission, you benefit from the experience and input of our entire team. Our consultants intercommunicate constantly, sharing information, ideas, feedback, and recommendations. We also conduct semimonthly meetings, require ongoing training, and hold an annual full-company conference, where we gather to discuss best practices and continue improving our skills and knowledge base. More than 20 full-time admissions experts combine their know-how and experience to advance your cause. We know that our being at the top of our game means you have the greatest chance of success, and together, our team will find the best ways to strengthen your application.

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One-on-one consultation services, comprehensive admissions and school-specific guides, a robust blog, free eBooks, essay analyses, and other valuable resources—visit our Web site to find all that mbaMission offers.

Want to know your chances of being admitted to business school? Wondering how to differentiate yourself from other applicants? Sign up for a free, 30-minute consultation with an mbaMission Senior Consultant today!

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  • The BEST!
    4 weeks ago
    After speaking with many consultants, I decided to work with Harshad due to his direct and candid approach when tackling the Admission process. His guidance proved priceless right from the start with his thorough brainstorming sessions, which were strengthened by the constant back and forth exchanges to deliver my core and concise story. Harshad’s turnaround times were impressive, pushing me to work hard and efficiently in an attempt to keep up. Even when I thought I was almost done, Harshad found a way to effortlessly improve my essay’s structure to deliver a stronger message. With his guidance, I got admitted at my top choice - a top 10 US Business school! Look no further and hire Harshad for your MBA quest!
    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Working With Harshad Is One Of The Best Decisions You’ll Ever Make
    1 month ago
    I can honestly say I wouldn’t have made it through the MBA application process without Harshad’s help; he helped me to believe in myself when things were difficult, to craft the best stories for my essays and interviews, to come up with the best strategies to deliver results, and so much more. In the end, I ended up getting accepted to two of my top schools, and I was offered a full ride to one of them. I contacted mbaMission sometime in the spring (R2 applicant) as I knew I had to put my best forward during the application cycle as an older applicant (31-year-old); my initial call with a different consultant was eye-opening, I could not believe all the feedback I received in such short ...
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  • Highly Recommended
    2 months ago
    I hired Harshad because he had a background in Engineering and Product Management which matched my academic and professional background. I loved hearing Harshad's honest feedback on everything I said in the discovery call. He understood my background, my goals and gave me a reality check which helped me make a decision between applying for a Full-time vs Part-time MBA program. Once I decided which programs to apply, he helped me craft my Resume and Essays which were a big piece in my application. I always looked forward to his thoughtful, straightforward feedback which helped me craft compelling essays. Whenever I was stuck in the process, he took time from his busy schedule to call me and helped me move forward. With his guidance, I ...
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    Class of 2020 Admit
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  • Exceptional & Highly Recommended
    2 months ago
    I started my journey with another consultant and somehow missed the connection. When I started the process with Harshad, I wasn't sure what I was looking for. Harshad understood my background and very patiently guided me through the self discovery process. My GMAT score was my bottleneck but he still helped me submit a strong application without discouraging me from applying but being true about my application weaknesses. He gave me candid feedback which not only helped me give my best shot but also made me learn through my mistakes throughout the process.I loved sessions with him and he was extremely flexible with my schedule. He was able to help me structure my thought process and approach which not only helped me during the application ...
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  • Highly Recommended
    2 months ago
    Harshad has this incredible ability to help me find my core message and articulate it concisely. He worked with me to peel back the layers of my story, patiently waiting for me to connect my dots and paint my perspectives. Not once did he shortcut the discovery process, which at the end of the day enabled me to bring my best and most authentic self to the table. At the same time, Harshad is not afraid to give thoughtful, clear, and direct feedback. Knowing that I had time constraints on my application, this approach was exactly what I needed. Every feedback I received, I immediately understood what I needed to improve and, most importantly, the reasons behind those improvements. Also, he was always on-time with responses ...
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  • A Sincere & Encouraging Consultant
    2 months ago
    Harshad helped me get through what ended up being a two-year process of applying for an MBA and I would not have got into an M7 school without him. I got the start to finish package, and deferred the first year due to having to retake the GMAT, and honestly, due to not feeling professionally or personally prepared. When I reconnected with Harshad last year to apply in R2, he was so encouraging by mentioning that he could tell that I had matured. During our first session, which ended up lasting three hours, I was able to unload everything that had happened in the past couple years and we were able to get a handle on the best areas of my application (short of essays ...
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  • I Am Glad I Sought Harshad's Help
    3 months ago
    After some dismal results in the previous application cycle, I wanted some guidance and sought out professional help. During my 30 minute consultation with Harshad, we went over my choice of schools and some of my previous essays. Harshad gave me a clear analysis of where I had gone wrong and what I could do to improve my chances. His no-bullshit and can-do approach were just the things I needed and I decided to work with him. Harshad brought structure to my application process. He provided me with a lot of material about what to expect during the application process and also during and after my MBA. He helped me organize my thoughts and together we reasoned out which schools would be best given my background ...
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    Ameya Purandare
    MBA Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Choose Harshad! Admitted To A Top 10 US School With A Sub-3 GPA
    3 months ago
    Coming into the MBA application process, I was confused and lost on how to proceed. Furthermore, with my subpar GPA, I knew I was fighting an uphill battle. Thankfully Harshad was there to guide me. 1. He is a great storyteller and will help you filter your essays into clear, concise, and interesting stories that highlight the values and achievements each individual school looks for. 2. He is transparent when providing his feedback to make sure that you are following the right path in your career goals, essays, resume, interviews, etc. 3. His in-depth knowledge of the end-to-end MBA application process is amazing, from brainstorming career goals, writing stories, and all the way to practicing for interviews. The application process is quite stressful with all the ...
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  • Hiring Harshad Changed My Life
    4 months ago
    Harshad is simply amazing at what he does. He gave me the confidence to put forth a high-quality application and was incredibly friendly yet constructive when he reviewed my resume and essays. With his guidance, I was admitted to my school of choice with a full scholarship, and I know that wouldn't have been the case without Harshad! I could go on and on but just trust me, if he happens to be available, hire this guy! There are none better!
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  • Harshad is Exceptional!
    4 months ago
    It is with great pride that I give Harshad Mali my highest recommendation. There are 3 things you must know about Harshad: 1. Harshad knows the MBA process in totality. Harshad was able to answer all of my questions about getting an MBA. What GMAT score I would need, what my strengths and weaknesses were, what business school would fit me the best, and many more. He has expert-level knowledge. 2. Harshad will get the best out of you. Like all great consultants, Harshad does not change who you are, rather he tailors your unique application to put you in the best possible light. He knows what business schools are looking for and helps craft answers that "check all the boxes" ...
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    Christopher Boyce
    Part-Time MBA Class of 2020 Admit
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