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Heidi Granner mbaMission

Heidi Granner

Senior Consultant



United States

Consultant Bio

After leaving a career in financial services, Heidi Granner headed to the University of Chicago Booth School of Business to earn her MBA. Among her other activities while studying at Chicago Booth, she worked as a member of the admissions team evaluating applications and interviewing candidates. After graduating, Heidi began a career in management consulting with The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), where she worked with clients in consumer goods, financial services, and industrial goods while guiding BCG Associates through the MBA admissions process in her free time. She was also heavily involved in recruiting, including interviewing more than 100 MBA students and leading a project to define BCG’s global recruiting strategy. She later joined The Wonderful Company as Director of Strategy, where she worked primarily on the Cuties Clementines business, all the while redesigning and leading recruiting efforts for the Strategy Group. Heidi found her passion in one-on-one coaching and has worked as a full-time MBA admissions coach for six years.  She was selected to lead Beat the GMAT’s Write Like an Expert Series for Booth and was invited to meet with admissions teams on-campus at Wharton, Columbia, University of Texas, and NYU.

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.

Menu of Services and Associated Costs

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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Free Personal Statement Guide
Free Selecting Your Target MBA Program eBook
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Business School Insider’s Guides
MBA Admissions Guides
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Location: Connecticut, United States

Phone: 646-485-8844

Email: info@mbamission.com

Website: https://www.mbamission.com/consult-pq/

Recent Company Blog Post

  • Posted August 3, 2020

    Dartmouth College (Tuck) Essay Analysis, 2020–2021

    <p>In a blog post about the upcoming MBA admissions season, Luke Anthony Pena, the director of admissions and financial aid at Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business, references the upheaval and uncertainty so many of us have experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic and refers in contrast to the “stability of Tuck’s clear and transparent criteria, … <a class="read-more" href="https://www.mbamission.com/blog/2020/08/03/dartmouth-college-tuck-essay-analysis-2020-2021/">Read More  <i class="fal fa-sm fa-angle-right"></i></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.mbamission.com/blog/2020/08/03/dartmouth-college-tuck-essay-analysis-2020-2021/">Dartmouth College (Tuck) Essay Analysis, 2020–2021</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.mbamission.com/blog">mbaMission - MBA Admissions Consulting</a>.</p>

  • Posted August 2, 2020

    The Role of Confusion in Your GMAT Prep
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  • Adds no value
    7 months ago
    I worked with Heidi during the 2018 Round 1 and 2 admissions cycles and came away with very little to show for both the large time and money investment. While Heidi can seem nice and encouraging, she poorly managed my expectations as a client and at times seemed to put little effort into reviewing my materials. After applying this past year, I was actually able to gain an acceptance but it was not with any of the materials I created with Heidi. I now believe that the consulting services from her and MBAMission added no value and I was scammed.
    Class of 2020 Rejected
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    • 7 months ago
      Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry to hear that you ultimately felt unsatisfied with our services at the conclusion of your application efforts. We have designed our consultant–client relationship to be a collaborative partnership, based on frequent and honest communication, and a review of your file shows that your experience included roughly 16 phone conversations, 95 emails, and 60 document reviews. We certainly understand how not reaching a desired goal at the end of a challenging journey can retroactively affect one’s impression of an experience, but our understanding along the way was that you felt you were being adequately counseled and supported–for example, - You purchased an additional school while working with our consultant, proactively extending and expanding your engagement with our firm. - You ...
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      Jeremy Shinewald
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  • Could Not Have Asked For A Better Consultant!
    11 months ago
    Heidi is an exceptionally talented consultant, and it was truly a privilege to work with her through my MBA application cycle. To anyone considering an application consultant, I cannot recommend her enough. I'm thrilled to say that, with her help, I've been accepted to a dream reach school. I was a low-GPA and GMAT applicant, and I applied to programs R3-R4 where acceptance probabilities were already low. In order to secure an acceptance offer, I knew I had to differentiate myself through essays, recommendations, networking, and my interview. In short: I needed help conveying the value I would bring to a program because I definitely wasn't going to be accepted to a top program on my scores alone. Heidi helped me brand myself as a top-tier candidate. ...
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    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • One of The Best Decisions I've Made That Year
    11 months ago
    I have worked with Heidi Granner for the most part, and Jen Kedrowski helped me with interviews preparations at the end, as Heidi was leaving on maternity leave. As I mentioned, engaging with Mbamission was one of the best decisions I have made during this year. I am impressed with the level of professionalism, passion, and dedication Heidi showed throughout the process, and with way, Jen hopped at the end and made me feel confident at the interviews. Not only did I feel calm and guided throughout the process, but Heidi always found the right words of encouragement - something that tremendously helped mentally to pull through (job complex situations). Heidi was always punctual, professional, and knew exactly how to better structure your responses, allowing ...
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    Gulnara Chinakaeva
    MBA Class of 2020 Admit
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  • Can’t Thank Heidi Enough!
    1 year ago
    Waiting to start my next two years at Kellogg, I cannot thank Heidi enough for her support and partnership. As a reapplicant, I really wanted to give my 100% effort this round and decided to use an MBA admissions consulting firm. I applied to seven schools (aggressive plan with no safety school), and got accepted to two schools and waitlisted at one. I can’t be any happier about the results. I considered six different MBA admissions consulting firms, and mbaMission stood out to me. It provided structured but proven processes that help candidates simplify the entire application process, understand their backgrounds to develop cohesive narratives and identify their strengths and weaknesses. However, talking to Heidi drove my decision home. Heidi was easy to talk to ...
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    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Thank You, Heidi Granner
    1 year ago
    I worked with Heidi on three applications for Round 2 cycle, and it was such a pleasant experience. Heidi was recommended to me by my friend who recently graduated from Wharton. Heidi is a patient and understanding person who took care of getting to know me. She played an important role in crafting and developing my story. Heidi also has an intimate knowledge of what schools look for in an application. She helped me think of ways to differentiate myself from my peers. Heidi is someone who worked around the clock, and went above & beyond what was written in MBAMission’s description. She is extremely responsive in my email questions and prompt in returning essay drafts. She offered to help me think of ways to ...
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    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Heidi Granner - Fantastic!
    1 year ago
    I was referred to Heidi Granner by a colleague I worked with, who managed to get accepted to his dream program. I wanted someone who knew how to work with someone who has a highly over-represented background (i.e. Asian male in finance) to be able to stand out amongst other excellent applicants. I would say that it took a lot of consideration before I decided to work alongside an MBA consultant, but I can say for sure that I am glad I did. I will go as far as to say that without Heidi, I do not think that I could have succeeded in getting into my top MBA school - HBS. The thing is, there are many qualified and over-qualified candidates to get into these top ...
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    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Highly Recommend Heidi Granner!
    1 year ago
    When I decided to apply for business school, I knew I wanted support from someone who is experienced and has a strong professional background. After speaking to several admissions consultants, I chose Heidi and I could not have made a better decision! Right from the start, Heidi was candid and encouraging. She pushed me to brainstorm essay ideas that I wouldn’t have thought of if I had just gone with the most “obvious” themes. Because of our interactions, my essays became much deeper and reflective than what I could have done on my own. As someone who is very organized, I really appreciated Heidi’s timely replies and fast turnarounds. Even though we had a 12-hour time difference, we managed to stay on schedule and I ...
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    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • I Had Low Stats But Heidi Pulled My Essays Up
    1 year ago
    After speaking with a handful of consultants at both boutique firms and big name companies, I decided to work with Heidi Granner. Other consultants felt I was too "high risk" to take on as a client since I had a low GMAT, GPA, and only 3 years of experience. Heidi was the first to show compassion and confidence in pulling together a great application. She was realistic in telling me which schools to target and worked with me on my essays on an hourly basis. Since I was applying to 3 schools, the hourly option was best for me. Her turnaround was quick and even ahead of schedule. The improvement from my first draft to my final drafts was incredible. Heidi was forthcoming with opinions ...
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  • Heidi Granner: Highly Recommended
    1 year ago
    The Beginning: Once I decided I wanted to apply to the top full-time MBA programs, I reached out to several highly-rated admissions consulting firms. After numerous conversations and profile evaluations, I chose to work with Heidi. To me, Heidi checked all the boxes and more: MBA grad (Chicago Booth), admissions committee experience (Chicago Booth), impressive background (MBB consulting), and exceptional reviews. But most importantly, during our initial phone call, I felt a strong connection with Heidi and believed she had a genuine interest in me and my goals. Working with Heidi: Heidi did an excellent job of turning what can be an overwhelming process into a manageable game plan. She was with me every step of the way. When we were brainstorming for essay content, she left no ...
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  • Amazing!
    2 years ago
    I am in the unique position of having had the chance to work with Heidi twice on MBA applications (once for full time programs and once for part time programs). Prior to working with Heidi, I had elected to work with a "budget" (but still not cheap) service that did not provide the high level of service I would have expected. While applying to full time programs a few years ago, I worked with Heidi on an entire three school package and added two additional schools via hourly services. Heidi provided good constructive criticism throughout the process. She was quick to provide responses, positive, and extremely knowledgeable. Over the course of working with Heidi, my essays evolved immensely, creating a cohesive and compelling story. Without ...
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    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • An experience to cherish forever!
    2 years ago
    Applied to 5 different schools, four among them were part of the elite M7 group. Not a single ding. Invited to interview from all five of them! Now, I am on my way to enroll at my dream school, Chicago Booth! Yes, my decision to work with Heidi turned out to be a killer deal for me. But the problem with quoting just impressive statistics like these is that they are but a snapshot of a nearly year-long process and very often don’t exactly reveal the entire story. Heidi made me realize that success rates alone don’t define a consultant. It is the experience that counts. Working with Heidi was one of the best and most memorable part of my entire application journey and when ...
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    Class of 2020 Admit
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  • Heidi Granner - Phenomenal!
    2 years ago
    I was incredibly fortunate to work with Heidi Granner on my business school applications. I purchased the start-to-finish package for two schools, which I used to apply to HBS and Stanford GSB. With Heidi’s help, I was accepted to both, and this fall will be attending my dream program, Stanford GSB. A bit of profile background on me: I am a white male working in finance (two years in IBD followed by two years in PE); 3.9 GPA; 730 GMAT. Going into the application process, I knew one of my biggest challenges would be distinguishing myself within a highly overrepresented pool of applicants - white males working in finance. Heidi offered invaluable advice that helped me craft my unique story. As with any mbaMission pair, Heidi and ...
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  • Heidi is the best!
    2 years ago
    Working with Heidi was a great experience all around. I knew my statistics were strong enough to get me into at least one of my target schools, but the final piece I needed was to strongly tell my story via essays, online applications, and short answer questions. Story telling is definitely not one of my strengths, but through phone conversations and feedback on the different drafts of my essays, Heidi got to know me very well and very effectively helped me strengthen the written portions of my applications. Heidi was extremely prompt in responding to my emails with quick questions, as well as returning the multiple drafts of my essays. I can happily say that I will be attending one of my target programs, and ...
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  • Heidi is Phenomenal!!!
    3 years ago
    Working with Heidi was a phenomenal experience. Through the hourly service package, Heidi and I were able to prioritize our time to improve the areas of my application in order to gain admission into the top 25 business schools. She helped me highlight my accomplishments and prepare an application that would show who I am as a person. Heidi reviewed all my essays and resume, and her feedback highlighted the positives while giving constructive feedback. She pushed me to think about my experiences and helped me present them in the logical way. In addition, she pushed me as a writer and I learned to better articulate and show my story. I submitted 5 applications during the round 2 deadline. I was invited to interview with ...
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    Class of 2019 Admit
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