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Columbia Business School
Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University
Michael served as a senior leader at two top MBA programs and brings over 25 years of student-facing experience to Fortuna. He has a deep understanding of the student experience from prospective applicants to successful alumni. Michael’s interest is in helping students exercise their unique voices, refine their stories, and make informed decisions in order to propel their careers through an MBA education.
As Associate Dean at Columbia Business School, Michael oversaw Admissions, Financial Aid, and Student Affairs for the MBA, EMBA, MS and PhD programs. Earlier in his career at Columbia, he led the MBA Career Education and Advising team. Michael also served as Managing Director at Kellogg’s Career Management Center, working with MBAs, PT MBAs and EMBAs, as well as alumni. His industry expertise has been featured in the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR, BBC News and Poets&Quants. It’s rumored that he appeared in Columbia Business School’s Follies.
Michael earned his BA at Fordham University and his MS Ed from the University of Pennsylvania.
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.
Goal development. Candidacy positioning. Interview coaching. Designed to guide you carefully through the entire application process, our MBA packages draw on our team’s industry expertise as former Directors and Associate Directors of Admissions at the world’s best business schools. For the highest impact, we recommend our Comprehensive Package or Premium Package Upgrade services.
One-School Package: $5,900 (Expert coach) $6,900 (director / senior expert coach)
Two-School Package: $7,900 (Expert coach) $9,200 (director / senior expert coach)
Three-School Package: $9,750 (Expert coach) $11,350 (director / senior expert coach)
Four-School Package: $11,450 (Expert coach) $13,350 (director / senior expert coach)
Five-School Package: $13,000 (Expert coach) $15,200 (director / senior expert coach)
You will work with a dedicated Expert Coach throughout the entire process, with input from our resume specialist and a mid-point review of your entire application by another of our Expert Coaches. 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 business school.
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Michael was an awesome coach to work with. During our first discussion, Michael quickly picked up on the story I was trying to tell: that of an engineer who could also effectively work with people. That sharp insight made me feel confident that Michael could help me shape that narrative in my essays. Michael provided critical frameworks for how to think about the origins of each school’s essays and what those origins meant about how the school chooses its applicants. During interview prep Michael was highly knowledgeable about the questions an interviewer was likely to ask and he provided feedback during our mock interview that made me feel ready. While I can only speak to the application process for CBS and NYU Stern, I’d highly recommend Michael to coach anyone applying to those two schools.
It’s great to know that you can count on someone like Michael through the entire long application process. No matter how many drafts, reviews or calls need to happen he’ll be working by your side. He is very knowledgable and experienced and will work with you to present the best application possible. The tips and guidance with the essays, LORs, resume and interview prep were all fundamental in getting me accepted at CBS.
Michael has been instrumental in helping me shape my pathway for the MBA and beyond. He is a wonderful listener and treats you like a friend. Many times our meetings feel like therapy because of Michael’s ability to ask the right questions, make you introspect, and come up with your own solutions makes him the ideal coach for this process.
Michael has been very helpful in tweaking my essays without changing the intention behind my words. He also helped me prepare for the interviews by doing mocks and post-mock reviews in a very detailed manner.
Michael continues to provide guidance to me like a mentor, even after my acceptance of an offer.
I worked with Michael to prep for my Columbia Business School admissions interview and my experience was amazing!
He was incredibly well versed in all things CBS having spent 13 years working there. He gave me incredibly actionable advice to improve my presentation and strategy. I cannot imagine a better consultant to help students prep for admission to CBS.
I’m thrilled to report that I will be a member of Columbia Business School’s class of 2022 and I couldn’t have done it without Michael’s help.
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