Krista McNamara


Her Story Coaching

United States

Net Promoter Score: 9

Consultant Bio

Having spent the last 13 years in higher education, I have learned how important self-advocacy and storytelling are to one’s career success. Her Story Coaching is a unique admissions consulting firm that offers one-of-a-kind application coaching services focusing solely on women applying to MBA programs. I have over a decade of experience in helping clients find the perfect school for their career dreams and I am particularly driven to empower women to achieve their goals. But first, let’s back up and I’ll tell you where my own story began.

After receiving my Master’s in Higher Education, I went on to work in admissions at one of the top 3 business schools in the country, the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. There, I was introduced to the incredible students, faculty, and staff that operated as one community learning from and asking questions of each other. I then spent several years recruiting for one of the nation’s top academic research universities and meeting some of the brightest minds in science and healthcare. During my time in recruiting, I started working part-time for a well-known and respected admissions consulting firm where I discovered my passion for working one-on-one with MBA applicants. Throughout my educational journey, one theme continued to show up – advocating for women in higher education and the workplace.

As a woman myself, I understand the biases female applicants face when putting together their narratives for an admissions committee. I noticed a gap in the admissions consulting industry and decided to follow my entrepreneurial instincts by founding Her Story Coaching, a woman-focused admissions consulting firm. Since then, I have helped clients receive over $1M in scholarship offers and $300K in Forté scholarships combined.

Company Information

Her Story Coaching is an MBA admissions consulting firm that specializes in helping women achieve their life-long aspirations. My mission is to help women write the next chapter of their stories. By partnering with you on your application, I will help you create your unique and compelling narrative to share with the admissions committee throughout the entire application process.

The benefit of working with Her Story Coaching is that I have top-tier admissions consulting training and can offer you the one-on-one partnership you’ll need when applying. Given my experience working with specifically women, I understand the hill that we are oftentimes up against. I have the industry knowledge and insights to help you feel completely confident in your skillset and what you will add to the MBA class at your dream school. I purposely choose to have a small client base each academic year so I can devote my services to working closely with you during every stage of the application. Having worked in both MBA admissions and most recently in admissions coaching, I am in the unique position of knowing what it’s like on both sides of the experience. Throughout my career, I have helped hundreds of applicants like yourself secure a spot at their dream school. I pride myself on being a supportive, collaborative, and motivational coach who will provide a personalized approach to your application.

Menu of Services and Associated Costs

Complimentary consultation
Committing to work with an admissions consultant is a big decision. That’s why I offer an initial complimentary consultation where we can discuss your story, what it would be like to work together, and some of the metrics of my clients’ success.

Application Packages
This is the perfect option for those looking for help with their application from beginning to end. It includes assistance with school selection, application strategy and timeline, essays, resume, letters of recommendation, and mock interviews.

Hourly Coaching
If you would like targeted coaching on specific aspects of your application, this is the best choice for you. I offer hourly coaching options, starting with a minimum of 4-hours of coaching.

Mock Interviews
The MBA interview can be the most daunting part of the application process. I will help you turn your application into a cohesive narrative to be shared during your interview.

Location: United States



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  • Simply The Best!!!
    12 hours ago
    When I decided to pursue an MBA, I feared my profile was not good enough to be considered by major business schools in the USA. I am an “older” than average candidate and after taking it twice, my GRE score was less competitive than that of other well qualified candidates. Since attending an MBA involved such a huge investment in addition to not working for two years, I was not willing to take the risk unless it was at a highly reputable program. At the beginning I wasn’t sure I wanted to work with a consultant. I spoke with several of them, but after first meeting Krista I knew she was my choice. After speaking with Krista during our first meeting I realized that I ...
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    Francesca Laera
    MBA Class of 2026 Admit
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  • Krista Is An Absolute "Must-Have!"
    1 month ago
    Working with Krista at Her Story was the best decision I made throughout the Business School application process. She made such a daunting process feel manageable, guided me in every right direction, and her insights and detailed reviews certainly elevated my application package. I received acceptances from my top two schools (Wharton and Kellogg) and truly owe so much of it to Krista's support. Her services are effective and expert. I would always recommend working with Krista!
    Maddie Hughes
    MBA Class of 2024 Admit
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  • Best Decision I Made Along My MBA Journey!!!!! Krista Is Amazing :)
    8 months ago
    Working with Krista was by far the best decision I made throughout my application process! She was my #1 supporter and helped me craft compelling essays that would have taken 10 times the effort without her. I want to note that I am a true researcher at heart, and I interviewed consultants from other larger firms. I was not nearly as impressed by them as I was with how Krista approached the MBA process. Out of about 4/5 other large and popular companies, Krista stood out because she has a holistic approach to the MBA process. She treats you first and foremost as a person with unique and important experience and qualities, and she helps you craft your own individual story. At other firms, I ...
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    Michelle Jennings
    MBA Class of 2025 Admit
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  • Working With Krista Was The Best Decision I Made!!!
    9 months ago
    I can’t say enough positive things about my experience working with Krista. It was important to me that I found a consultant that was willing to truly play the role of a coach and Krista exceeded my expectations. She was my #1 supporter when I needed encouragement, she pushed me to meet deadlines or submit another revision when I needed a nice kick-in-the-butt, and she didn’t hesitate to jump on the phone for a quick call when I needed a sounding board. I work a demanding job and I relied on Krista heavily to help keep me on track and push me to meet deadlines - she was incredibly organized and responsive. I also was very nervous about how my lower test scores may detract ...
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    Class of 2025 Admit
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  • Krista Was integral In My Business School Acceptances (GSB, HBS, Kellogg)
    1 year ago
    Krista was so helpful and encouraging as I was putting together my applications. She allowed me to pick and choose where I felt like our time together was most useful, which I really appreciated. She made sure to be a partner with me during this process, and on a few occasions, I was able to give her a quick phone call to talk through an essay idea outside of our normal 1-hour blocks together. She was a great sounding board as I workshopped my story. She was also helpful after I got my acceptances and talked through my decision with me. I would not have gotten into GSB, HBS, and Kellogg (w/ Forte Scholarship) without her!
    Class of 2023 Admit
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  • A Great Supporter During The Application Process
    1 year ago
    I initially chose to work with Krista because she offered an hourly rate, which was something I could not find anywhere else. I knew I didn't want to spend $5k+ on a 3 or 5 school package so the hourly sessions were a great deal for me as I was able to do all the prep work on my own and then work with Krista to put it all together. She was very easy and flexible to work with and made me feel confident about my applications. She helped me with school outreach, resume, essays, and overall application for three M7 schools; I was accepted into two of them, including my top choice program, and received a scholarship from one as well. I'm so glad ...
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    Class of 2023 Admit
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  • Krista Was A Game-Changer!
    1 year ago
    Krista made a night-and-day difference in my MBA application process. As the first person in my family to apply to MBA programs (and an engineer with no business school experience), I was worried about applying, particularly to top programs. Krista made the experience pain-free and actually enjoyable, however! She helped me find my story and my voice and genuinely listened to my wants and needs. I never felt like she was trying to lead me along a set path--she and I were truly on the journey together! Thanks to Krista I was accepted to six of the eight Top-20 programs to which I applied (waitlisted at one), and I was offered scholarships at every program I was admitted to (including three full rides)! Most importantly ...
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    Class of 2025 Admit
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  • Couldn't Have Done It Without Krista
    2 years ago
    Krista was an incredible consultant for my full-time MBA application journey. In my darkest moments, she was always a bright light. She was incredibly encouraging. I came to her with a jumbled mess of ideas and she helped me shape who I was as an applicant. I ended up getting into most schools I applied to with scholarships at every school I was accepted into! I even got a full ride from one of the schools. I couldn't have done it without Krista.
    Class of 2024 Admit
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