Rebecca earned an MBA at Kellogg, and has a wide range of business experience, from project management at a Fortune 500, to non-profit leadership and entrepreneurship. She recently served as Chief Marketing Officer for a business incubator and its related tech ventures. In addition, she has extensive experience with writing and editing, and received a B.A. in Journalism and English Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
“I want someone to help me dig for the details in my story that will help me differentiate myself from other candidates.”
Because Rebecca is a journalist by training, reporting other people’s stories—in a way that grabs the reader’s attention—is second nature to her.
This process begins in the personal kickoff call, in which you can expect to spend several hours telling Rebecca your personal story, with her listening patiently and compassionately, prompting you with little questions along the way, and taking a lot of notes in her notebook. We don’t use templates and worksheets for this because they tend to “flatten” a candidate’s personal story as they try to fit it into neat categories. We want to hear the raw, unfiltered story from you in your own words.
“Rebecca took a genuine interest in hearing my personal story – asking about and listening to my story from childhood to present – and left no stone unturned. She is incredibly approachable and easily got to the core of what makes me, me.”
The second part of the process is translating the story into an effective narrative in your application materials. When it comes to writing clearly, there’s no substitute for revising the story again and again.
“Rebecca is a talented writer and REALLY pushed me with my essays. She did several iterations for content – pushing me to add narratives and examples – and then several iterations for word count, syntax, grammar, etc. I learned so much in the process that I’ve taken with me and applied since.”
“I want to pursue a meaningful career with a positive social impact.”
Before coming to Menlo Coaching, Rebecca served as an executive at the Dental Assisting National Board, a non-profit that creates national and state-level certifications for dental assistants, thereby helping them to be recognized for their expertise, win better working conditions, and achieve higher job mobility.
Having spent 8 years of her own career in that role, but also previous stints at companies including GE, Rebecca can help you to define a career path that is not only a step up on the corporate ladder, but something that has a positive social impact on others, and is meaningful to you, regardless of whether that goal is in the non-profit or the commercial sector.
In a sea of applicants who say they want to be management consultants because they haven’t thought through what they really value, this introspection can make all of the difference.
“I want to know whether a full-time, executive or part-time MBA is the right fit for me.”
Although most of Rebecca’s clients pursue full-time MBA programs, Rebecca is well-placed to advise you on whether a different format might help you to reach your goals without leaving your job.
Rebecca is not only a graduate from Kellogg’s part-time MBA program herself, she has also advised applicants to programs including the Wharton EMBA, Columbia EMBA, UCLA FEMBA, Haas EWMBA, and other part-time programs.
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.
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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: Amsterdam Netherlands