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Heidi Hillis Fortuna

Heidi Hillis

Expert Coach

Fortuna Admissions

Australia

Consultant Bio

Heidi has extensive admissions expertise and is passionate about helping Fortuna clients find their own unique and powerful story. A Stanford GSB graduate, she was student chair of the school’s Global Management Program, served as an alumni interviewer for several years and has a strong eye for talent selection.

Heidi’s passion for international business has led her around the globe: as director of micro-finance for a non-profit in Russia, a management consultant for McKinsey & Co. in London, a senior product manager for a European E-commerce company, and a finance director for a major South American telecommunications company. Most recently she helped launch an industrial minerals company in southern Chile.

Company Information

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Fortuna Admissions possesses unique insider knowledge of how admissions committees work, because we have been the gatekeepers in the admissions offices of top business schools. Our entire team comprises of former business school professionals from top-tier institutions including Wharton, INSEAD, Harvard Business School, Stanford GSB, London Business School, Chicago Booth, NYU Stern, Duke Fuqua, IE Business School, and UC Berkeley Haas.

We have personally reviewed tens of thousands of applications from candidates all over the world. We have also shaped admissions policy, devised the application processes, and had the final say on who got in. We know the inside track – what goes on behind the closed doors of admissions committees, how your candidacy will stand up versus the competition, and how you can best maximize your chances of gaining a coveted place in a top MBA program.

Our experience and passion for coaching gives you a level of MBA admissions insight that you won’t find anywhere else. And with our passion for coaching, we can help you bring out the best in yourself so you truly shine in your application and interviews.

Menu of Services and Associated Costs

Fortuna Admissions offers two packages: Comprehensive School Packages (CSP) & Premium School Packages (PSP).

The Comprehensive and Premium School Package services both include:
Goal Development
Target School List
Application Strategy
School Interaction Strategy
Recommender Strategy
Essay Editing
Resume Review
Biodata/Application Forms Review
Interview Coaching
Decision Management

Comprehensive School Package (CSP): You will work with a dedicated expert coach throughout the entire process, from goal development right through to interview coaching and decision management, with input from our resume specialists and a mid-point review of your entire application by one of our former admissions directors. Our Fortuna coaches have held senior positions at the world’s best MBA programs and are uniquely qualified to help you maximize your chances of gaining a coveted place in a top MBA program.
Premium School Package (PSP): In addition to working with an expert coach, the Premium School Package includes tailored guidance by one of our former admissions directors at critical stages of the application process.

Special Package Rates:

One-School Package: $4,950 (CSP) / add $1,400 (PSP)
Two-School Package: $6,750 (CSP) / add $1,800 (PSP)
Three-School Package: $8,250 (CSP) / add $2,200 (PSP)
Four-School Package: $9,750 (CSP) / add $2,600 (PSP)
Five-School Package: $11,250 (CSP) / add $3,000 (PSP)

Other Services: We also offer other “á la carte” options such as: Early Stage MBA Planning, MBA Resume Review, Admissions Directors’ Evaluation, MBA Interview Prep, MBA Waitlist Strategy, Rejected MBA Application Strategy, and Hourly Consulting.

Please visit our website for more information and pricing.

Location: Australia

Email: info@fortunaadmissions.com

Website: http://www.fortunaadmissions.com

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  • Heidi Is Absolutely Fantastic!
    1 month ago
    I had the great pleasure of working with Heidi on my MBA applications, and she was phenomenal throughout the entire process. Ultimately, although I applied in the final round, I received a substantial scholarship to attend my top choice school! This would not have been possible without the help from Heidi and Fortuna. From the moment I spoke to Heidi, I knew that she was the right person to help me put together my MBA application due to her supportive demeanor and incredible knowledge about the process. Putting together an MBA application really is an art-form, and Heidi helped me craft my MBA application, starting from just some vague ideas to multiple amazing applications. She was extremely responsive at all times and was tremendously helpful ...
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  • The Perfect Coach
    3 months ago
    I was lucky enough to work with Heidi and transform from being someone unfamiliar with the idea of business school to an admit to both Harvard and Stanford. Heidi was the perfect coach throughout the application process. She asked thought-provoking questions that helped me introspect and develop a compelling narrative. She also is mindful of details and deadlines, and she turned around comments and edits on my drafts in record time. Heidi is very knowledgable on the nuanced differences between different business schools and the decision criteria of the admissions committees. This helped throughout the process, but it was especially apparent when preparing for interviews. The business school admissions interview is unlike any interview I've experienced before, but Heidi's guidance and mock interview beforehand prepared me ...
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  • Highly Recommend, Heidi!
    3 months ago
    Heidi played such an instrumental role in my acceptance to the GSB! Originally not planning to work with an admissions consultant, I reached out to Heidi only a month before the deadline. Given that I had already put a lot of thinking into my essay, she worked with me for the min. 5-hour consultation package. Even in the limited time we had together, she made sure we were making the most of the time with focused feedback, and still managed to help me draw out a strong story and narrative I could have never thought of myself. It was clear that she also knew GSB's perspective with so well - and with her warm empathy and ongoing encouragement, I felt so much more at ...
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  • Working With The Best – Heidi Hillis & Judith Silverman Hodara From Fortuna!!!
    4 months ago
    I have just been admitted to my top three schools (including my dream school Stanford GSB)!!! As an international candidate with an untraditional background, I was not sure where to start or how to move throughout the MBA application process. On top of that, I did not have a lot of time as I started working on my application only two months before the deadlines. However, I was fortunate enough to have Heidi on my side. Heid was super knowledgeable about every element in this process, to the smallest details in every school I planned to apply. Sometimes it seemed as if Heidi completed her MBA at all M7 schools (and not only at Stanford GSB). Heidi’s experience, down to earth well-structured approach, and crazy ...
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  • A Real Interview Experience
    4 months ago
    I met Heidi before my GSB interview. And she gave me a real interview experience that helped me to better prepare for the real one! Very worth experience!
    Class of 2020 Admit
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  • Thank You, Heidi!
    4 months ago
    It has been a long journey but at the end I am admitted to 3 Business Schools included my dream school. I am an international candidate on the older side that never applied to a US School. Heidi helped me going through the process with a clear mindset and guidance, motivating me but always with a down to earth approach. I felt she was genuine and very experienced on how to best tackle the next steps. After submitting my application she went through the interview process and she even recommended me to her colleagues for a second opinion. You profile is what it is but working with Heidi and Fortuna guarantees you the best chance for your application.
    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Strongest Recommendation for Heidi at Fortuna!
    7 months ago
    I could not have been happier with my experience working with Heidi at Fortuna, especially after having been accepted to my top choice of school, the Stanford GSB! Starting off the application process, I was very worried that there was nothing “special” about my story, which was concerning as an applicant from an over-represented background (banking to PE). After some helpful brainstorming sessions, Heidi bore with me as I went through at least half a dozen completely different ideas for my main essays. While most of these initial ideas / drafts needed to be scrapped, Heidi was able to pull out an anecdote, characteristic, or theme from each one, and bit by bit she helped to connect the dots and turn seemingly unimportant and unrelated events ...
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  • Extremely Helpful- Highly recommend Heidi and Fortuna!
    8 months ago
    I signed up to work with Heidi several months ago after an initial video call. Coming from an over-represented background with a "traditional" career path as a South Asian male engineer, I knew that it was not going to be easy. Heidi helped me focus on my career vision/why MBA story and worked with me on bringing out and selling my strengths. This definitely allowed me to stand out in the admissions process. The best part about working with Fortuna was that through Heidi I was connected to the resume review expert and my profile/application strategy was vetted by other veteran consultants. The access to the entire team and their opinions is extremely helpful. Heidi also brainstormed essay topics with me and focused on my voice ...
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  • Thoughtful, Straightforward, Helpful
    8 months ago
    I was fortunate to work with Heidi in preparation for my Stanford GSB interview preparation. Up until this point in the process, I had not used a consultant. But having secured an interview, I wanted to ensure that I maximized my chance to seal the deal. Heidi is clearly well versed in the MBA application process generally, but particularly so in the nuances of Stanford's evaluation process. We did two video sessions. She first gave me a clear picture of what to expect, what particular questions Stanford often asks, etc. We then went through an interview and debrief where she candidly highlighted my best anecdotes and in what contexts they may apply, along with potential pitfalls or dead spots to avoid. I generally feel pretty ...
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  • Thoughtful, Great Thinking Partner & Attention to Detail
    1 year ago
    I worked with Heidi over two application cycles (i.e., I am a re-applicant). A few things that really stood out from my engagements with Heidi: her responsiveness, her attention to detail, her genuine interest in my story. I started my 2019 application a bit late. But thanks to Heidi's responsiveness and her relentless support in my somewhat last-minute plans, we were able to put our best foot forward. Throughout the process, I could always rely on her to be a thoughtful and productive thought partner, who could help me disentangle any roadblocks I encountered. Whenever we hopped on a call, she would ask thoughtful questions and pushed my thinking to the next level. She also pushed me to NOT think about what the adcom would ...
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  • Highly Recommend Heidi & Fortuna!
    2 years ago
    I had at least a dozen assessment calls with other consultants before I was referred to Heidi. I was told by all of them that my chances of getting into the two schools that I applied to were slim to none, and no one that I spoke to seemed excited to work with me. I knew that Heidi was the right partner for me for this process during our first phone call. She was encouraging throughout the entire process, and she did a great job identifying my strengths. Going into the application process, I had no idea what I wanted to write about, but Heidi spent a lot of time working with me to craft the story I wanted to tell. I was ultimately accepted ...
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  • Exceptional Consultant! Highly Recommend.
    2 years ago
    As a re-applicant and a slightly 'older' candidate compared to the average age of MBA aspirants, many of the consultants that I initially spoke to showed half-hearted enthusiasm about my otherwise competitive profile. Of the one's that were optimistic and keen to work together, I finally decided to go with Fortuna Admissions post the more than heartening conversations with Matt and Heidi. It was clear to me from the start that Heidi knew what she was doing. From our association over the past few months, her knowledge, experience, perfectionism and affability have stood out! With her experience of having served on Stanford's admissions committee and working as an MBA consultant, Heidi had detailed knowledge of the entire application process and a keen eye for loopholes. ...
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  • Great Experience
    2 years ago
    I had a great experience with Heidi and the Fortuna team - I got into my top choice program and received an almost full fellowship at another M7 school. In my experience, Fortuna's greatest strength is that they have consultants who have worked for the admissions teams of many of the top schools. As a result, there was always someone available to answer my school-specific questions in a very insightful way. Everyone I interacted with at Fortuna was professional, helpful, and reliable. Heidi specifically was amazing! She did a great job perfecting my "story", coaching my recommenders, and helping me understand and articulate my goals. Heidi seemed to know more about my story than I did and she had great ideas and edits for all ...
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  • Fantastic Insight!
    2 years ago
    Heidi's ability to help you hone in on what makes you stand out was outstanding! She helped me highlight my strengths and understand how my weaknesses were viewed. Ultimately, I gained admission to my top program. With my new perspective, I was also admitted to my second choice. Overall, a very rewarding experience. I highly recommend working with Heidi, especially if you are coming from a non-traditional background.
    Class of 2020 Admit
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  • Warmest recommendation for Fortuna - Heidi Hillis and Judith Silverman Hodara
    2 years ago
    Before choosing to go with Fortuna, I had conducted Skype interviews with about a dozen admission consultants. Most looked at my dry credentials and concluded I have little to no chance of being admitted to an M7 B-school, disregarding what I had though were some appealing elements of my prospective application. The first time my “story” was essentially and holistically examined was during my first Skype call with Judith, who offered a complex, data and experience driven analysis of my chances of being admitted to several target schools. 6 months after that initial call, I can wholeheartedly say that I have made the right call in choosing the most professional, experienced and amiable admission consultancy firm I possibly could have asked for. From the moment I ...
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  • In @HBS & Wharton with $!
    2 years ago
    Heidi is an expert at recognizing your strengths and getting the best out of you! 1) I was not very confident with my essay writing, so having Heidi's help and encouragement was invaluable. 2) I had a relatively hurried application timeline and was traveling for business a lot. Heidi was able to accommodate. Heidi is very well-rounded and she played key role in defining my career goals and polishing my essays. I would recommend Heidi to prospective applicants.
    Class of 2020 Admit
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  • Personal clarity and attention to detail
    3 years ago
    Heidi helped me take my application to the next level and ultimately gain admission to HBS & GSB. Together we drilled down into what made me a unique applicant and then put those qualities front and center through my essays and interviews. Heidi is honest, encouraging, and detail-oriented. She sets a high bar and relentlessly pursues excellence; I can say confidently that the applications I delivered were my best work. I highly recommend working with Heidi if you want to achieve the best possible results for yourself.
    Class of 2020 Admit
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  • Accepted to Top Choice Program!
    3 years ago
    I worked with Heidi Hillis through the Fortuna Admissions Comprehensive School Package, and I am extremely excited to say that I was accepted to my top choice program, HBS!! I highly recommend Heidi as her insight, advice, and encouragement helped me highlight leadership examples and craft a thoughtful application despite my non-traditional and very technical background. She helped me reflect deeply on my past experiences and pushed me through numerous drafts to compose an application that I was extremely proud of. She also made the intense and overwhelming application process very manageable -- providing a clear roadmap for approaching recommenders, completing essays, and surviving the interview process. Heidi is extremely insightful, invested, caring, and very responsive, and I ultimately couldn't have successfully completed this process ...
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  • Highly Recommend!
    3 years ago
    I had such a great time working with Heidi - she was thoughtful, attentive, and knew exactly how to connect the dots among my seemingly disparate set of experiences. I was a non-traditional applicant, and Heidi did a fantastic job at helping me craft a compelling story that wove together my personal and professional sides and that highlighted the unique parts of my candidacy. I started my R1 applications a bit late, and so I appreciated Heidi's quick turnaround on my essays and candid feedback. I signed up for the 1-school package, and I was able to reuse much of the content we developed for other schools. I'm proud to say that I've received admits from several top M-7 programs. From the first call I ...
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  • Fantastic Introspective Mindset
    3 years ago
    Heidi did a great job of probing my mind and helping me figure out what matters most to me. In addition to acting as a consult, she doubled as a fantastic "life coach" whose mentorship I will cherish for the rest of my career. And to top it all off, I was given services to put together a very comprehensive and compelling application package that allowed me to stand out (even as "Just another engineer"). I now know what my overarching goals are for both my pre and post-MBA timeline. I believe this is more important than even the MBA itself. I've learned that the MBA and "training" is only a means to an end....the "will" and "passion" is literally everything. I would 100% recommend ...
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  • Thoughtful, insightful and a steadfast support
    4 years ago
    From start to finish, Heidi was a great sounding board who really helped me think about how to structure the thoughts and messages I wanted to put across within my applications. She was always readily available and really proactive in checking in on my progress. Her feedback was almost immediate and working with her felt like a very personalised experience. I felt she knew me inside out by the time applications were due and will always be thankful for her guidance and suggestions - no stone left unturned!
    Class of 2017 Anonymous
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  • Admitted to HBS and Wharton
    4 years ago
    I can't express enough thanks to Heidi who worked with me on both the abstract story that my application would tell to differentiate me from the plethora of other candidates with good scores/brand name firms and the minutiae of my essays (29 drafts in total across 3 schools!), my resume, and outlines to guide my recommenders. They were able to add a layer of structure, experience and project management to an otherwise intricate and idiosyncratic process. The entire Fortuna team has my gratitude and full endorsement.
    - freiberg.brandon@gmail.com
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