Senior Consultant

MBA Exchange

United States

Consultant Bio

Kara is an MBA graduate of the MIT Sloan School of Management, where she focused on marketing and entrepreneurship. She has advised a variety of applicants targeting top business schools. Kara founded a children’s specialty toy company and served as consultant for ZS Associates, which specializes in sales and marketing strategy. She was as an alumni mentor in the MIT Community Catalyst Leadership Program and worked in India with women entrepreneurs to start a sustainable energy company providing power to remote villages. Prior to business school, Kara worked in marketing management and R&D for a consumer electronics startup. She earned a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from MIT.

Company Information

Founded in 1996, our performance has been independently reported by a Certified Public Accounting firm. We proudly lead all 73 firms ranked on Admissions411.com with the highest number of admits and 4+ star ratings. We’re the first firm in the admissions consulting industry to provide such proof of performance. Furthermore, we are accredited with an A+ Rating for service quality by the Better Business Bureau, recognizing us for a complaint-free record of client satisfaction.

We know that applicants have full-time jobs, family obligations and a social life. So, The MBA Exchange remains accessible to them seven days a week, including evenings and holidays. We respond to our clients within hours, not days.

We feature more former admissions professionals, adcoms, evaluators and interviewers from more schools than any other firm in the world. Our consultants come from Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, Columbia, Chicago, Tuck, Kellogg, Yale, Cornell, Fuqua, INSEAD, London Business School and other top schools. These professionals are committed exclusively to The MBA Exchange and to your admissions success. You get the intimate 1-on-1 service of a boutique plus the resources of an entire firm.

Our team includes seasoned business professionals with the experience to help differentiate you from your competitors. Regardless of your industry or function, our consultants have either worked in it, consulted to it, or helped applicants from it crack top b-schools. Some of our consultants are full-time while others have complementary business interests that add freshness and energy to the engagement. Our team is based in 11 countries worldwide and has served clients from over 70 countries. We have an intimate understanding of the nuances and subtleties of nationality, ethnicity and culture.

We don’t dole out personalized admissions guidance via blogs, podcasts and online forums for applicants who are competing against our clients. We also don’t publish guides or books that would only dilute the effectiveness of proven strategies by helping thousands of other applicants. At The MBA Exchange, our sole focus is on you and your admissions success. Our expertise becomes your competitive advantage. We put our customized guidance to work exclusively for the benefit of each client on our limited roster, not their competitors.

The best way to begin your MBA admissions journey is with our candid assessment of your competitive strengths, vulnerabilities and target schools. No cost, no obligation. Just visit our website and tell us about yourself.

Menu of Services and Associated Costs

Gaining admission to highly selective business schools requires a combination of analysis, planning strategic guidance and tactical support. Our Comprehensive Consultation ensures that your admissions campaign will be authentic, effective and efficient, from start to finish.


  • GMAT and GRE test preparation
  • Test anxiety counseling
  • Social media profile optimization
  • Translation services
  • Video essay coaching
  • Interview coaching
  • Team-based discussion prep
  • Waitlist coaching & support
  • AppCheck™ application review
  • Post-admit background verification
  • MyAdcom™ application test
  • Ding analysis and feedback

Location: United States

Phone: +1 888-305-5553

Email: info@mbaexchange.com

Website: http://www.mbaexchange.com

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  • Helped me from Start to Finish
    6 months ago
    Kara was great from the start. I wanted a consultant to help round up my application because I have less than 3 years work experience. I wanted someone knowledgeable to help portray that I'm still a valid candidate and can contribute my experiences to a top MBA program. She had a detailed plan and time schedule starting with organizing my resume and later organizing and tailoring my essays to be much more school specific. She was more than willing to help me with additional interview prep work and interview essays.
    - Patrick S
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  • Great experience with Kara
    9 months ago
    Kara offered invaluable support during our time working together. She was highly responsive, dedicated to getting answers to all of my questions, and provided extremely helpful guidance on my essays. While her editing was great, of particular value was her ability to push me to think about how to answer the essay questions in an incisive, creative way. This was especially useful for Wharton's application, for example, which asks very specific questions about teamwork, what I hope to gain from the Wharton MBA, etc. When she knew I could do better than my first draft of a "why Wharton" essay, she pushed me to be more specific and more creative. This was something that I really valued after reflecting on my final draft. Though she ...
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    Class of 2020, Admit
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  • Highly Recommended
    10 months ago
    Kara's style is exactly what I was looking for in a consultant. She is extremely insightful, able to make you think and act outside of your normal comfort zone - something that pays heavy dividends during the essay review process. The feedback and commentary that Kara provides is second to none, straight to the point, and helps you realize and think of ideas that did not materialize beforehand. Kara is always available, even taking time out of her weekends and holidays to provide guidance and assistance when needed, and always approaches her work with an excited and positive attitude. You really get the sense that she wants you to succeed. For anyone who is looking for a consultant who can get straight to the point ...
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    Class of 2020, Applicant
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  • Kara is awesome!
    1 year ago
    I\'ve been an entrepreneur for fifteen years creating technology based companies in the US. I learned by doing so I wanted to take an academic view to business to learn new core concepts and expand my thinking. I decided to apply to the executive MBA at MIT late April with a deadline of June 1st. Given the close deadline, I needed to be efficient and maximize my time. Kara walked me through the process and helped me clarify my thinking to show the value I could offer and how I could benefit from the program. I got accepted! She was available any time to help, including weekends, and always with a smile. Any person would be lucky to work with Kara.
    - Isaac Saldana
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