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Karen Ponte

Expert Coach

Fortuna Admissions

United Kingdom

Net Promoter Score: 9

Consultant Bio

Karen spent over four years as a Senior Program Manager at London Business School and has a strong understanding of LBS ‘fit’. During her tenure at the school she managed a number of key curriculum areas, including the International Exchange Program, Student Aid and the highly competitive Summer Consulting Program.

Karen also has extensive experience reviewing LBS MBA admission files. She possesses detailed knowledge both of the application process, and of class selection techniques. Karen holds a BA (Hons.) in Religion from Lancaster University.

Company Information


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: $5,150 (CSP) / add $1,400 (PSP)
Two-School Package: $6,950 (CSP) / add $1,800 (PSP)
Three-School Package: $8,650 (CSP) / add $2,200 (PSP)
Four-School Package: $10,250 (CSP) / add $2,600 (PSP)
Five-School Package: $11,750 (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: United Kingdom

Email: info@fortunaadmissions.com

Website: http://www.fortunaadmissions.com

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  • LBS Admit Thanks To Karen!
    2 months ago
    When I first started working with Karen I had concerns over my chances of applying for LBS due to my non-traditional background. Karen immediately alleviated these concerns, helping me to craft a strong story around my strengths. She was responsive throughout the process and patient in helping me iterate on all parts of the application process. She also has a thorough knowledge of the LBS application process which gave me a lot of confidence in my application and interview prep. In the end, I got an admit to my dream school LBS - something which at one point felt like an impossible dream - thanks Karen for all the support!
    Class of 2024 Admit
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  • Thank You, Karen!
    2 months ago
    I reached out to Fortuna in early 2021 with the aim of applying to the top school in the UK and Spain. From the moment I was paired with Karen, she couldn't have been more helpful. From my initial call whereby we talked through different parts of my profile that would be great to include and elaborate on in my applications to receiving interviews from both schools I applied to with Karen, she went above and beyond for me. Her tips on how to tackle the essays, prompt responses and mark-ups on essays, and mock interview sessions were incredibly helpful. I couldn't have gotten admitted to both schools without Karen's help. Thank you, Karen!
    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Does Not Get Any Better!
    3 months ago
    Thanks to Karen I got into my dream school. She really helped me develop ideas for my essays by asking the right questions and pushing me to do some comprehensive introspection. Moreover, her feedback times were outstanding! She sent back high-quality reviews of my essays with comprehensive notes 10mins after I sent them. It is just amazing to work with her. Highly recommend working with her!!!
    Class of 2023 Applicant
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  • Excellent Advisor!
    6 months ago
    Karen helped me with my applications for three MBA programs and I got in all of them and was awarded a scholarship in two. She was very supportive through all the process, giving me tips and insights to make my applications stronger. She was personally involved in the whole process, readily available and very responsive, and didn't mind reviewing my essays various times. 10/10 strongly recommend!
    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Dedicate, Responsive And Professional
    10 months ago
    Karen has been extremely helpful during all stages of the application process. She has put a great deal of work to ensure that my post-MBA career narrative is compelling and achievable, and also guided me through the way of self-reflection all the way through the past to come up with a fascinating personal story. Her deep understanding of the application process from the view of adcoms, as well as time and effort spent on knowing applicant's strengths and weaknesses is the major reason why I can finally get into my preferred dream school.
    Gary Gary
    MBA Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Outstanding
    1 year ago
    Karen has been really helpful and proactive all the way. She helped me with the application in the middle of the COVID crisis. She has been flexible, when I needed additional support following my redundancy, she has been a listening ear. I am sure I owe her more than my place at LBS, I also got a diversity award scholarship. I am so thankful all together and cannot recommend her enough.
    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • The Real Deal
    1 year ago
    Karen is truly an expert at what she does. Her expertise in admissions consulting helped me to find my voice and create my own narrative. Equally, she provided a lot of guidance on how to restrategize my applications. This allowed me to highlight the strength of my profile and put forward a strong application, which would have otherwise been impossible without her help. Karen also went the extra mile by being readily available to respond to any questions that I had, and she provided constant support through the entire application process. Her guidance for the interview massively improved my confidence and I walked into the interview with a peace of mind and aced the interview. Without her support, I would not have been able ...
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    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Effective, Insightful & Supportive
    2 years ago
    I recently had the opportunity to work with Karen on my MBA applications. The results speak for themselves. I made three applications, scored three interviews, and have already received two offers (one with a scholarship). Karen is insightful, supportive, and turns work around rapidly. I cannot recommend Karen highly enough - her ongoing support has been invaluable.
    Joe Renny
    MBA Class of 2020 Admit
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  • The Best In The Business!
    2 years ago
    I had the pleasure of working with Karen for my master’s in finance application. She is very knowledgeable about the application process and provided me with invaluable insight. I would strongly recommend her to anyone in the future
    Class of 2020 Admit
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  • Excellent Advisor & Very Supportive!
    2 years ago
    I was lucky enough to work with Karen during my MBA applications. I'm happy to say I was admitted to both programs, in great part thanks to Karen's support and excellent advice. Her thorough knowledge of the application process helped me define how best to showcase my story, without losing the authenticity and genuineness of what I was trying to convey. Equally, she was a constant support during the entire process, always available for any questions that arose when I was writing my essays and ready to give me profound feedback - even more remarkable considering our time differences! Her guidance and tips when practicing for interviews were also crucial in helping me ace that part of the application process. I have nothing but praise ...
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    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Supportive, Contentious, Organized, & Punctual!
    2 years ago
    Karen was a joy to work with. From the first day, she both made me comfortable with the work ahead of us and the way in which she and Fortuna would do their job to help me reach my goals. Her insight with essays and application questions were instrumental to me getting admitted, and her organization and help with the interview definitely got me over the line. She kept me on task and on time, as well as being very responsive and available whenever I needed her. Her support even gave me the confidence to submit early and secure a spot! I enjoyed working with Karen and would recommend her to all, especially those looking at LBS as a choice of MBA.
    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Extremely Helpful & Professional Service
    2 years ago
    I had the pleasure of working with Karen for my Masters in Finance program application. Karen was very helpful throughout the entire process. She was extremely professional and always made herself available to answer any questions I had. I received my acceptance to the program and Karen's guidance and knowledge definitely played a major role in this experience. I highly recommend her services to anyone seeking to dramatically increase their odds of success.
    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Extraordinarily thorough, responsive, professional, and results-oriented
    4 years ago
    After four rejections from top-ranked business schools, I decided that I needed to adjust my approach towards applications. After contacting Fortuna Admissions, I was impressed by the level of transparency, direct knowledge, objective advice, and depth of interest in my candidacy (especially in light of other consultants). From the onset with Karen, she proved candid, clear, and exacting on the areas that needed my attention. We discussed my profile at length during our first session, wherein she took detailed notes to help translate my objectives, strengths, and weaknesses in a coherent and concise manner for my applications. She offered strong insights into the thinking of admissions officers and how to present a unified front as an applicant. We jointly addressed problems and revised my essays ...
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    Class of 2019 Admit
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  • Excellent Support and Advice throughout the application process
    4 years ago
    I started looking at MBA applications last year, after a few years of considering an MBA an decided to go with Fortuna for some assistance during the process. After filling out the strategy form, Karen and I worked on application essays extensively. Based on my prior experiences, I filled out the essays and Karen assisted me in refining these essays, with comments sent to me normally within a few hours. The whole application process is generally stressful anyways but Karen assisted me in focusing on important aspects of the application. Karen was extremely helpful during the interview process as well and the mock interviews helped in calming the nerves. I would definitely recommend Karen as she was immensely helpful during the whole process, especially at ...
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    Class of 2018 Admit
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  • Excellent and highly recommended experience
    5 years ago
    My initial conversation with Matt Symonds was the most informative of the many consultancies I reached out to. He was very knowledgeable despite my non-traditional background, and ultimately was the reason I chose Fortuna over others. I used the CSP for the major business school in the UK, and was accepted. However, the reason I am recommending Fortuna is because of my experience with Karen as a consultant. She was extremely professional, always available to answer any questions and of course her insights were very valuable on essays, mock interview and video interview. Emma Bond was also involved in the later stages of the application, and provided excellent high-level feedback looking at the application as a whole. Fortuna also used a project management software which ...
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    Class of 2019 Anonymous
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  • Extraordinary experience with Fortuna
    6 years ago
    I started my free consultation with Matt, the founder of Fortuna. He is very knowledgeable about B-schools, and I think their edge is that all the consultants have working experience in top business schools. Then he recommended Karen to me, who are from the admission team of my dreaming school. First we worked out a very detailed and feasible plan for the applications. She is always prompt to reply my emails and very patient in giving advice to my essays, personal statement and video pitch. Karen also helped a lot in mock interviews, she managed to arrange two mock interviews and provided valuable feedback. I applied to two schools and got offer from one of them. With Karen's consultation, the whole process went much more ...
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    Class of 2016 Applicant
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  • Excellent from start of applications to finish
    6 years ago
    Karen was amazing with me throughout the process of applying for MBAs. She started off by helping me shape the overall strategy for my applications including helping me to identify areas of weakness and how we could address them. She was then invaluable in terms of shaping the applications and essays to ensure they created the best impression possible. This includes returning draft essays with amendments that I had sent on Sunday evening at 10pm by Monday 9am. When it came time to prepare for interviews, she helped to tutor me on what to expect and how best to present myself. Overall, Karen has been invaluable to my MBA applications and has helped me to win a place to study at INSEAD.
    Class of 2017 Admit
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