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.
Menu of Services and Associated Costs
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: $5,550 (Expert coach) $6,389 (director / senior expert coach)
Two-School Package: $7,450 (Expert coach) $8,570 (director / senior expert coach)
Three-School Package: $9,200 (Expert coach) $10,580 (director / senior expert coach)
Four-School Package: $10,800 (Expert coach) $12,420 (director / senior expert coach)
Five-School Package: $12,300 (Expert coach) $14,145 (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.
Location: Massachusetts, United States