Karla Cohen

Coach

Fortuna Admissions

California

United States

Net Promoter Score: 9

Consultant Bio

Karla has extensive experience in admissions and marketing for highly ranked business programs, having previously served as Manager of the PhD Program for INSEAD as well as the Assistant Director of marketing and admissions for the MBA and Executive MBA programs, operating from both the France and Singapore campuses over seven years.

Additionally, Karla spent three years as Associate Director of Doctoral Programs at Harvard Business School (HBS), overseeing admissions, marketing, and recruitment as well as providing broader administrative support for the Doctoral Programs Office. She also served on the MBA interview board for the HBS MBA program and partnered with the MBA team to identify and recruit high potential students for admission. Karla has also supported admissions efforts for Stanford GSB.

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: California, United States

Email: karla.cohen@fortunaadmissions.com

Website: https://fortunaadmissions.com/

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  • THE ABSOLUTE BEST! HBS 2+2 ADMIT!
    2 months ago
    Karla was absolutely everything anyone could ever ask for in an admissions consultant. She's extremely unique in the sense that she's able to personally connect with her clients on a very intimate level. I found this to be one of her best traits. This relationship allowed us to work together seamlessly and have a healthy feedback loop. I felt comfortable and safe explaining to her my life failures, successes, and everything else in between. Combining this with her sharp mind about everything business school limited my stress and instilled confidence that I was in the best of hands. Karla genuinely cares about her clients and truly loves her job. I consider Karla both my admissions consultant and a friend. I would recommend absolutely anybody to ...
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    David Lee
    MBA Class of 2027 Admit
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  • Hire Karla NOW! (GSB + HBS Admit)
    3 months ago
    Hiring Karla as my consultant was one of the best decisions that I’ve ever made. With Karla’s help, I was able to get into both the GSB and HBS. While searching for a consultant, I spoke with many individuals across a number of different firms, and no one believed in me the way Karla did. Everyone advised me to wait another year before applying because the 2020 - 2021 application cycle was expected to be the most competitive to date, and my hobbies and interests were relatively new. However, Karla saw something in me that no one else did and was able to help me develop a story that wove my past experiences into my present interests and future goals. She helped boost my confidence ...
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    Class of 2023 Admit
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  • An Extremely Accommodative Person!
    3 months ago
    Karla was extremely insightful and supportive. It's amazing how well she managed to inspire confidence and helped me push through the tough process. She also has great attention to detail and patiently helped me get every minute aspect of my application right. She was very generous with time and adjusted her schedule to match my timezone requirements. Super glad it worked with her for my applications.
    Sandeep B
    MBA Class of 2023 Admit
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  • Truly The Best — Admitted To 4 M7s!
    4 months ago
    Karla is the best consultant ever! I was a re-applicant who had worked with someone else previously and not even sure whether business school would still make sense for me. Whereas other consultants told me that I likely didn’t have a shot at some of the places I had earlier applied to, Karla had a completely different and refreshing take. She believed in me from our first introductory call. She is so insightful and knowledgeable about what top schools are looking for (stemming from her direct experiences), something that was instantly evident to me while talking to her, and helped me present my story in the most compelling way. She worked tirelessly with me on all aspects of my candidacy from the essays to the ...
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    Class of 2023 Admit
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  • Admitted to HBS
    4 months ago
    Karla was an amazing source of support and knowledge as I was navigating my HBS interview. She helped me understand how to prepare and think through my experiences so that I could share my story in the most impactful way. She was also incredibly generous with her time and someone I felt I could trust. Her insights were always on point (especially because of her past experience with HBS) and I went into the interview day fully prepared and relaxed. Would 100% recommend working with Karla!
    Class of 2023 Admit
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  • HBS Admit
    5 months ago
    Simply put, Karla helped me turn my dream of attending Harvard Business School into a reality. She supported every step of the process and provided crucial information and resources to help me put my best foot forward as an international applicant. I cannot imagine having gone through this process without her, and she is a wonderful person to work with. If you are serious about attending a top MBA program, my recommendation is to surround yourself with the best people to make it happen. I'm lucky to have found Karla.
    Class of 2023 Admit
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  • Super Thoughtful & Invested - Admitted To HBS & Wharton!
    6 months ago
    When I had a consultation call with Karla, I knew that I wanted to work with her. The level of depth in which she explored every aspect of my story made me confident that we could write a compelling essay and profile together. Through the process, I had a lot of doubts and questions, and Karla was able to address all of them. She truly was a life coach, cheerleader, admissions consultant all in one! Working with Karla, I gained confidence in my story and purpose for wanting to pursue an MBA. I received interviews at all schools I applied to and was ultimately accepted to HBS and Wharton (with a fellowship)! Karla was an amazing resource, and I highly recommend her services.
    Class of 2023 Admit
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  • Wonderful Person! Excellent Consultant! HBS Admit
    6 months ago
    Karla is an absolute pleasure to work with! She has a consistently upbeat personality and is incredibly empathetic. Karla has experience working at HBS / GSB / INSEAD admissions, which gives her unique insight into the application process at these schools. If you engage Karla as a consultant, she goes above and beyond in getting to know you and helping you weave an authentic and compelling narrative. Her guidance and editing throughout the essay writing process and her direct knowledge of the interviewers are particularly helpful. I’m very grateful for Karla’s support throughout the application process and am confident I would not have pulled it off without her. I highly recommend her to any aspiring MBA student, especially those considering HBS.
    Class of 2023 Admit
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  • HBS Waitlist Support
    6 months ago
    Karla was instrumental in helping me navigate (and quite frankly, calm me down) throughout the HBS waitlist process. She helped me put my best foot forward and eventually convert into an admit.
    Class of 2023 Admit
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  • Karla Was INCREDIBLY Helpful!!! (HBS Admit)
    6 months ago
    As I was going through the process, I wanted to find a consultant who would take the time to fundamentally understand my story and application rather than treat the process as a business transaction. Karla met and significantly surpassed all of my expectations! She really put in the time and effort to understand my application and as a result, was able to offer great insights and coaching advice along the way. Where Karla really shined for me, however, was during the interview process. Because Karla took the time to really understand me and get to know me on a personal level, she was able to help me draw out the key pieces of my story and guide me on how to best approach the interview. ...
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    Class of 2023 Admit
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  • (2 M7 Admits) Highly Recommend Karla - Makes A Tough Process Enjoyable!
    7 months ago
    As someone who started the process rather late and had no clue where to start, I was looking for someone who was willing to dedicate the time but I was not expecting someone who would also put in the effort to getting to know me personally. Karla was the whole package and then some. From our first conversations, I could tell that she was very familiar with how to help her clients get to top schools. What sets Karla apart though, is her ability to connect with you on a personal level to draw out key pieces of your personal story and coach you to weave a cohesive narrative. I enjoyed working with her because she was patient, empathetic, but always focused on making sure ...
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    Class of 2023 Admit
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  • Highly Recommend Karla! Got Into HBS
    8 months ago
    I worked with Karla on my application and admission to HBS, my target school. I chose Karla because she had direct experience working at HBS, which made her stand out against other consultants. What makes Karla distinctive is that on top of her experience, she has a great ability to tell the story and find the thread that draws through all your experiences. This talent along with her personable nature made the essay drafting experience top-notch. When it came to the interviews, her insight was extremely helpful; she was attuned to the process and even knew my interviewer, so our mock interviews made me feel well prepared. Overall, I would definitely recommend Karla!
    Class of 2023 Admit
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  • Karla Is Really As Good As It Gets!!!
    8 months ago
    Karla was a true joy to work with, I could not recommend her highly enough -- she really knows her stuff. Karla is an amazing storyteller, she is able to help you connect the dots and put together an application package that is authentic and compelling. I could not have done this process without her - she was my confidant, advisor and life coach through this all.
    Class of 2023 Admit
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  • Karla Is THE BEST (GSB & HBS Admit)
    9 months ago
    As a nontraditional candidate (dance and English major, my first job was at a nonprofit arts organization), I was nervous about the MBA application process. I hoped that a consultant could help me find a balance of playing into my unique background while still presenting a clear picture of how I was equipped for the MBA. After speaking with a few different consulting firms who either glossed over my background or said it was a deficit to overcome, I was introduced to Fortuna and Karla, and it was basically love at the first 4-hour phone call. Karla immediately made me feel confident that my background as an artist was a strength to be explored rather than a deviation to be explained. Over countless phone calls, ...
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    Class of 2023 Admit
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  • Karla Is Fabulous!!!
    9 months ago
    After speaking with several consultants and not feeling like I "clicked" with any of them, I knew after the first conversation with Karla that she was the consultant I wanted to work with. Karla was the most amazing consultant, cheerleader, and life coach all wrapped into one!! I cannot thank her enough for all of her help throughout the process -- working with Karla was such an enjoyable experience because she truly cares about her clients and will make sure they feel they have submitted their very best applications, no matter how much time investment is needed. Karla was incredibly accessible throughout the process, and spent weekends, early weekday mornings, and late weekday nights providing the guidance I needed. She truly wants the best for ...
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    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • HBS Admit & Other Top Programs
    9 months ago
    Karla is always enthusiastic and ready to help, bringing a ton of insight from her time in admissions. Offered very personalized tips and helped with both the self-reflection process and detailed editing process. Extremely helpful with interview prepping as well as drawing from her experience and doing mock interviews. Highly recommended if you are interested in HBS or other top programs.
    Class of 2023 Admit
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  • Admitted To Stanford GSB & Two Other Top MBA Programs
    9 months ago
    Karla is an exceptional consultant to work with. Karla goes way beyond what is expected of an admissions consultant - her infectious personality and commitment to getting to know me put me at ease to be comfortable and vulnerable in my discussions with her, enabling a deep level of introspection throughout the essay writing process which I believe brought authenticity to my application. Karla worked tirelessly to support me and nothing was too much trouble. Any aspiring MBA student would be lucky to work with Karla. I'll always be grateful to Karla and recommend her wholeheartedly. Reach out to her - you might be so lucky to work with her too!
    Class of 2023 Admit
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  • THE BEST
    9 months ago
    Karla is FANTASTIC. I was really worried about the business school environment with COVID increasing the number of applicants. I engaged Karla via Fortuna, and she somehow made time to support me on my application to Wharton— which I not only got an interview for but also an offer and scholarship support!! Karla is brilliant, knows the ins and outs of b-school admissions, and is extremely skilled at eliciting your best stories to make you shine as a candidate on paper AND in the interview. (She’s also a complete sweetheart.) If you’re serious about getting into an M7 school in this increasingly competitive environment, go for Karla's hands down. Also, if you’re considering applying internationally, her work at INSEAD is a wealth of knowledge to leverage when ...
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    Class of 2023 Admit
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  • The Professional Cheerleader I Didn't Know I Needed
    9 months ago
    I met Karla towards the end of my application process but felt we connected from our first conversation. Despite being close to deadlines and juggling numerous other applicants, Karla made time to review multiple drafts of my application and generously extended an offer of interview prep if I got to that point (she ultimately helped me prep for HSW interviews). Karla was a huge help in identifying my blind spots (if you are someone who struggles to brag about yourself, Karla is your person -- she will help you do it in a way that still feels genuine and true to yourself). Her unique insight into interviewer profiles / their likes/dislikes is also very helpful. I am so grateful to Karla for her support through ...
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    Class of 2023 Admit
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  • Harvard Business School Admission
    10 months ago
    Karla was the comforting tab in the back throughout my -stressful- interview stage of the application process. She guided me through multiple sessions and was kind enough to provide extra time as well. Her consultation sessions were so fruitful, empowering, relaxed and greatly beneficial, especially given her insider knowledge and experience. Thank you Karla for pointing out my strengths and help me present myself from that angle, to eventually receive my admission letter from HBS!!
    Class of 2023 Admit
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  • Karla Helped Me Get Into HBS!
    10 months ago
    I had spoken to dozens of business school coaches before going with Karla, and I was really excited to work with her because she stood out to me for a few reasons. 1) She is incredibly knowledgeable about the entire application process, what different schools look for, and how to best position yourself both quantitatively and qualitatively. Her background as a prior adcom is really unique and advantageous here. 2) She really cares about her clients and goes above and beyond her stated responsibilities. She's pulled late nights / early mornings to accommodate client schedules because she genuinely cares. 3) Her bubbly personality is contagious and you will love talking to her! 4) She was the only coach I spoke to who directed me to ...
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    Class of 2023 Admit
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  • Karla is The Reason I Am Headed to HSW
    1 year ago
    I am headed to HSW in the fall, and without Karla, it would not have been possible. Karla was my number one resource during this entire process. Coming from a non-traditional background was intimidating, but Karla demystified the application process. Not only did she help me narrow down what to write about in each part of the application, she also helped me think intentionally about how to frame each experience so the schools would be getting as complete a picture of me as possible; when it came time for it, she also helped me select the stories for my interview. Her extensive experience in and deep knowledge of the admissions process means she knows exactly what the adcoms will be looking for in part of ...
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    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Tight Deadline, Amazing Teamwork, Admitted to MIT Sloan!
    1 year ago
    I worked 1-1 with Karla for my MIT Sloan MBA application on what was a tight 2-week application deadline, and thanks to her amazing teamwork and turnaround time we were able to get my application in with a week to spare! Needless to say, we were successful and I am now a proud admit. Karla has deep insight into the adcom’s processes, styles, and thinking, and she specifically knew exactly how to craft and tweak my generic application story to target MIT Sloan. Most importantly, she gave me the confidence to tell my story through the application and interview stages and I no longer felt like I was submitting my materials into a black hole with no feedback! I highly recommend her as a consultant.
    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Karla Is Extraordinary! I Loved Working With Her
    1 year ago
    When I was accepted to HBS, Karla was the first person I called. I was fortunate to be able to work with her. Karla supported me on the business school front (demystifying the application process, interview practice, etc.)… she also enabled me to reflect deeply on my career goals. Karla is an expert in her field and extremely knowledgeable. Better yet, she is also passionate, insightful, beyond supportive, and kind. Adored by her clients and truly one of the best-kept secrets in the b-school world. I highly recommend Karla!
    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Admitted to MIT thanks to her amazing work!
    1 year ago
    I worked closely with Karla on my MIT application. It was a real pleasure to work with her as she is always enthusiastic and very efficient in her work. Her extensive experience in Admissions team of Top MBAs (M7 and INSEAD) is unvaluable as she really knows the specificites of each school and knows where to focus one's efforts to build the best application. One more thing that I loved about Karla is that she is very concerned about the success of her clients. The relationship that she builds with her applicants goes beyond the simple relationship applicant/coach. She is a friend. She is always available to answer questions and never hesitate to put in the extra work to ensure that you get into your dream ...
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    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Loved Working with Karla
    1 year ago
    Working with Karla was great. When you first start, you fill out a massive questionnaire for Fortuna. Karla then goes beyond the questionnaire and interviews you to get background and depth so she has a complete picture. In doing so, she elucidated insights that formed the basis of my essays. Karla was very helpful in terms of bouncing ideas off of and helping to get my thoughts succinctly organized. Karla was also helpful in terms of formulating strategy and giving me advice specific to my situation. Karla does a first-rate job on with all of the services she offers.
    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Personalized Coaching with Great Insights
    1 year ago
    I had the pleasure of working with Karla for the interview portion of my application process. I had a wonderful experience despite being in another country and Karla´s flexibility made the coaching process really easygoing. Her help was key to my admission to my dream school, a top 5 program, as she provided unique insights and positive enthusiasm in going over and over my interview speech. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to get into their dream school.
    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Very Helpful, Thoughtful, Enthusiastic, & Pleasure To Work With!
    1 year ago
    HBS admit. Glad I worked with Karla on this!
    Class of 2022 Admit
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