Leslie Monstavicius

Sr. Admissions Consultant

Menlo Coaching

Palo Alto

United States

Consultant Bio

Leslie has studied at Stanford and the University of Oxford and earned her Ph.D. in English at U.C. Berkeley. She taught writing at U.C. Berkeley and Stanford and has considerable experience helping students craft persuasive essays. In her role as Academic Director at Stanford, she counseled students who were planning their academic careers and putting together applications to graduate and professional schools. She also served on grant and fellowship committees and helped students draft successful research grant proposals and scholarship essays.

Company Information

If you want to do everything you can to win admission to a top MBA program, and you are ready to do the hard work involved in building your profile and creating great applications, Menlo Coaching can help. We have high standards and will push you hard to uncover every detail that will help you to find your voice and tell your story in the most compelling way possible.

You will never have a blind spot when you work with us. We visit campuses, interview admissions directors (see our blog), and employ a network of students to give us candid feedback about their MBA programs. We know the things that aren’t always discussed openly, like how schools manage their rankings, the side channels through which schools receive feedback on applicants, and more.

Our services combine unlimited 1:1 coaching with a self-paced curriculum that allows you to learn the basics in a way that fits your incredibly busy schedule. We also bring you together with other applicants to build your MBA network and keep your motivation high throughout the process.

To ensure the highest quality of service, we accept only a limited number of clients each year so that we can keep a low ratio of clients to coaches. Contact us as soon as you have committed to pursue an MBA and want to maximize your odds of acceptance.

Menu of Services and Associated Costs

We support applicants across all stages of an MBA application: planning your career goals, selecting schools that will help you achieve those goals, networking effectively with students, staff and alumni, identifying your personal story, and telling it across the many essays, application forms, resumes, and recommendations. Our structured approach means that you’ll always know the answer to the question “What should I be doing NOW to improve my odds of acceptance?”
Our interview preparation combines mock interviews, tailored to each school’s format, with communications training provided by former professional actors. You’ll overcome your interview nerves and will feel confident, authentic and relaxed on the day of the interview.
Even after the interview, we work with you to negotiate your merit-based aid. Although we cannot promise an award for any particular candidate, our clients have received millions of dollars of additional awards based directly on our negotiating strategies.
Finally, we love helping future-year applicants to build their MBA profiles through our “Early Birds” program, because taking the right steps now will give you an edge in the competitive application process later.

Location: Palo Alto United States

Email: leslie@menlocoaching.com

Website: https://menlocoaching.com/

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P&Q Consultant Reviews

  • HBS Admit - Leslie Is Simply The Best Consultant You Could Ask For
    4 months ago
    Reflecting on my successful application to HBS (Class of '26) - I am under no illusions that it would not have in any way been possible without Leslie. Leslie completely raises the standard for what it means to submit a great B-School application. She does this with (1) care, (2) dedication and (3) as a trusted advisor. Leslie CARES 1. My background as a MBB consultant with limited additional experience puts me in a category of applicant where it was difficult to differentiate myself. But Leslie cared to fully understand and help co-create a compelling story, using her experience (and 100s of successful applications) to pitch it to the HBS adcoms. In total we must have gone through >30 revisions of the key essay. And ...
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    Class of 2026 Admit
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  • HBS/Wharton Admit - Leslie Made My Harvard Dream Come True!
    1 year ago
    I had the pleasure of working with Leslie on my R1 apps (Class of 2025) for HBS, Stanford, and Wharton. I’ve had a few months to reflect on my Harvard and Wharton acceptances and sincerely believe that this would not have been possible without Leslie as my coach! HBS has been a dream of mine ever since I was in college, and I had applied twice (unsuccessfully) before for the 2+2 programme. Given my slightly tricky re-applicant history and the fact that I was in a hyper-competitive applicant bucket (Indian Male), I knew that I had to go with the best consultant for my third, and likely final, time applying to HBS. I could list countless examples that showcase why you should pick Menlo and Leslie ...
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  • I Fully Recommend Leslie!
    2 years ago
    I had an amazing experience working with Leslie. Being from Belgium and willing to embark on an MBA on the west coast of the United States, I reached out to Menlo quite late in the process when I realized that I knew too little about this very particular environment. Knowing that the competition is fierce to embark on a top MBA program in the US, I wanted to improve my odds and this is exactly what Menlo will provide you. With their intimate knowledge of the different MBA programs and their very professional planning, Menlo coaches like Leslie will walk you through the tricky and stressful application process with confidence and professionalism. Leslie, via her countless feedback, will definitely encourage you to elevate yourself and ...
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    Class of 2024 Admit
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  • Working With The Best- Leslie & Menlo Coaching
    5 years ago
    Choosing to work with Menlo coaching was the best choice I made and getting accepted to both my top choices with scholarships proves it! When you work with Menlo you get the impression that you are their only customer and top priority. Even though Leslie and I are in different time zones, I never even noticed. Weekends, early mornings, evenings, it felt as though she was available 24/7 and responses were almost instantaneous. They guide you through the process from A to Z with a systematic approach and without the stress and panic. Their knowledge, expertise, and commitment to your success are unmatched. From helping you choose schools, narrow down your career goals, writing essays, video interviews, in-person interviews, and scholarship applications, there isn't anything they can't ...
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    Class of 2020 Admit
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  • Leslie Is The Best!
    5 years ago
    I am so glad that I chose to work with Menlo and they helped me got into my dream school. My friend referred me to Menlo because of her wonderful experience working with Alice last year. I started working with Menlo about one month before the deadline. The time frame is really tight but working with Leslie has put away a lot of stress. She is super diligent, responsive and personable. She has answered all of my questions no matter how small it might be, usually within hours. She is also an alum of my dream school so she could offer a lot of valuable insights. I am very happy that we happen to be in the same time zone, so I feel like she ...
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    Class of 2020 Admit
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  • Leslie & Menlo - Work With The Best!
    5 years ago
    Leslie and the broader Menlo team are the best in the business! I reached out to the Menlo team only months before the Round 2 deadline, and their dedication and expertise were critical for getting my applications over-the-line. I wish that I had worked with them from the early days of my process, and I recommend reaching out to them early to secure their help and take advantage of their expertise from Day 1. In terms of the essay process, I had a clear idea of my narrative but struggled with putting it on a page. Leslie guided me through the writing process with her invaluable advice and helped me to find my voice as I crafted my essays. Not only did she help me complete ...
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    Class of 2021 Admit
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