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kate richardson mbamission

Kate Richardson

Senior Consultant


South Carolina

United States

Consultant Bio

Kate Richardson earned her MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and has a BS in psychology from the University of Illinois. After earning her MBA, Kate worked for several years in management consulting at Axiom Consulting Partners, a boutique strategy execution firm. Kate’s work at Axiom focused on ensuring that clients had the right organization and talent in place to execute their business strategies. As a principal with the firm, she also co-managed its recruiting program, including hiring MBA interns, and mentored entry-level consultants. While at Chicago Booth, Kate was actively involved in the Business Solutions Group and the Dean’s Student Admissions Committee and was also an Admissions Fellow, reading applications and conducting on-campus interviews. Kate has remained involved in the Chicago Booth community since graduating by serving as communications chair for the Booth Alumni Club of DC and as an alumni admissions interviewer. Before attending business school, Kate worked in human resources for Pepco Energy Services and KPMG. Kate brings a passion for identifying and developing future business leaders to her work at mbaMission. Originally from the Chicago area and having spent most of her professional career in Washington, DC, Kate now lives in Columbia, South Carolina.

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 Interview Primers
Free Personal Statement Guide
Free Selecting Your Target MBA Program eBook
Free Social Media Primer
Business School Insider’s Guides
MBA Admissions Guides
Free monthly online and in-person events

Location: South Carolina, United States

Phone: 646-485-8844

Email: info@mbamission.com

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

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  • Kate is an invaluable resource for applying to top 10 MBA programs
    1 year ago
    I was recently admitted to HBS, Wharton, Tuck and Kellogg and this would not have been possible without Kate's guidance. I worked with Kate early on to identify key themes for my essays and to craft my responses in ways that were clear, powerful and tailored to characteristics and themes relevant to each MBA program. Kate's insights were supportive, directive and timely. Iterating on my essays with Kate allowed me to hone my written responses and in doing so, helped me narrate my story for interviews as well. mbaMission's school specific and interview prep materials were also incredibly helpful in my process and continue to be as I transition from MBA applicant to MBA student. During a very stressful / time intensive process, I always felt better knowing ...
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    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Professional and also goes out of her way to be helpful
    1 year ago
    If you're looking for a quick takeaway: Kate is amazing and you should feel absolutely confident in putting your MBA fate in her hands. Kate was recommended to me by a colleague who had worked with her (and gotten into his first choice) last year. As my colleague had suggested, Kate was extremely helpful in vetting out good and bad ideas, providing concrete feedback without disrupting my voice in essays, and offering sound advice on all other questions or concerns I had from start to finish (and I had MANY). She gave me very detailed answers to all my 1AM emails regarding my strategy, school specific questions, financial aid, interview prep, etc. I can go on, but bottom line is having someone like Kate, who ...
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    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Thank You!
    2 years ago
    I worked with Kate on for guidance and brainstorming on several essays for top MBA programs, and she provided great feedback throughout the process. I especially appreciated that she brought some different perspectives and frames to think about how to present my story and background. She was great to work with on a personal level, and I would recommend her to anyone considering applying!
    Class of 2020 Admit
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  • Thank you Kate and mbaMission
    2 years ago
    I signed up for the Complete Start-to-Finish package with mbaMission and Kate Richardson was my assigned consultant. Kate supported me in applying to two schools (both Top 20) and I was thrilled to have received an offer from one of them! Kate is a very passionate and caring consultant. She guided me through the admission process and was very responsive - which helped take a lot of pressure off the process. It all started with a brainstorming sheet, which enabled Kate to understand my background and my career aspirations. She was very thoughtful and always gave me advice based on the points I wrote in the brainstorming sheet, which greatly helped me in crafting my unique "why MBA" story. I would definitely recommend Kate to ...
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    Class of 2020 Admit
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  • Personable, Professional
    2 years ago
    I worked with Kate Richardson from mbaMission for my applications. I knew a lot of people who graduated from different MBA schools, felt that I needed a person who is in the know, day to day, and could alleviate some of the stress. I don't want to say the MBA application process wasn't stressful but the mbaMission team and Kate made it as easy going as possible, almost enjoyable. My process was slightly unconventional, I had left my full time job and have been working on my own consulting gig. Kate helped me position that best for all the applications. When it came to answering questions, Kate was extremely responsive, and thoughtful. She responded to my emails in a few hours at most, and most of the time ...
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    Class of 2019 Admit
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  • Got me the results with what I had!
    2 years ago
    Kate really helped me organize my thoughts and bring out the most out of my profile. I really enjoyed working with her and she even went above and beyond to expedite essay draft turnaround times when the deadlines were tight. I knew from the beginning that my work experience was going to hold me back despite decent academics and a good test score. She really opened my eyes to how to explain my accomplishments to the best of my ability, which will carry me far - even beyond the MBA program that she helped me get into! I highly recommend Kate to anyone who wants to apply to any top 20 MBA program, especially if you have to put together 5 or more applications in ...
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    Class of 2020 Admit
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  • Kate got me into the school right for me!
    2 years ago
    When I first started looking into admissions consulting services, I had a specific idea of what I needed. I was confident I was applying to the right schools, but I knew my essay writing skills were a bit weak. I was matched with Kate and my entire experience working with her was very enjoyable. I never imagined how much I would get out of the experience. She was always cognizant of what I needed and was very accountable in the usage of time. The concise feedback I received on my essays was tailored to my specific concerns. The comments really helped me focus my ideas. By the time I was working on my 5th application, I had a sort of writer's block. Kate provided the ...
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  • An amazing consultant to work with!
    2 years ago
    I am an international candidate and I started working with Kate after recommendation by one of here colleague, and seeing her reviews on Gmatclub and other websites. I can vouch for Kate's strict adherence to timeline and openness to discuss even the tiniest issue of one's application. Overall, I can say that Kate has been there for me throughout the season and has been really supportive throughout the process. One advice I would provide to future applicants is that before working with any consultant, do thorough analysis and brainstorming of your goals and reasons for an MBA and then hire a consultant.
    Class of 2020 Admit
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  • Gave me confidence in my application
    2 years ago
    I'll keep this short and sweet. When I first reached out to Kate I was skeptical of even using an admissions consultant because honestly it's quite costly and I didn't even think my stats were comparable to what you read online. After speaking with her, I realized I needed help and didn't really understand the admissions process at all, but she gave me confidence that it was actually possible for me to be admitted to a top business school. Overall she steered me in the right direction of what I needed on my apps, she thoroughly read my essays (commented line by line), and helped me craft a story. I already recommended her to a friend to try and would do so again in a ...
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    Class of 2020 Applicant
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  • Great Experience with Kate
    2 years ago
    Kate helps me with my MBA application to UCLA and Berkeley. I don't have a high GMAT score and need to strengthen my essays and resume to improve my chance to admit to top MBA program. Kate did a great job in coaching me to provide strong details in my essays and succinct my resume. She also responses quickly to my requests with 2 days turnaround time. With Kate strong supports, I am admitted to UCLA this Fall and really looking forward to attending Anderson MBA program. I don't think I will be accepted to these top MBA program without her help!
    Class of 2021 Admit
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