Talon Rindels

Senior Consultant

MBA Exchange

United States

Consultant Bio

An MBA graduate of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, Talon served in leadership capacities including VP of the Marketing Club and President of the Triathlon Club. Following graduation, she interviewed and assessed candidates on behalf of the Kellogg admissions committee and served as a lead on-campus recruiter for General Mills and ConAgra. Talon has successfully guided MBA applicants targeting top U.S. and European programs including Stanford, Harvard, Kellogg, Booth, Columbia, Ross, Fuqua, Darden, London Business School, INSEAD, IE Business School, HEC Paris and others, many of whom have received full or partial merit-based scholarships.  Clients benefit from Talon’s 15 years of consumer/brand storytelling, deep understanding of the SE Asian culture from extensive business travel,  and her caring empathetic nature while working through periods of self-doubt.  Her professional experience spans CPG/Retail marketing, brand management, global M&A, sales, finance, ecommerce, and merchandising for iconic companies such as General Mills, ConAgra Brands, Mars, Inc. and Target.  Passionate about inclusion, Talon serves as an ambassador of the Network of Executive Women. Talon holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in finance and business management from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Company Information

When everyone claims to be “the leading MBA admissions company,” do words matter anymore? Who are you supposed to believe?

To be frank, we don’t pay a ton of attention to the field. Our objective can be summed up in one word: “Win.”

We don’t mess around. Our temperament comes from––in all candor––age and experience and enormous success. We keep a lower profile than others, but that’s part of our story. Our word of mouth from former clients is so powerful, we have the luxury to remain focused on the work, rather than on promoting ourselves. (As future business people, just think about how cool that is.) We’re able to dedicate all our time to helping our clients win by getting into elite business schools, and setting them up for success well beyond. If that kind of professional formula sounds like a good match for what you’re all about, come meet us. Let’s find out if we’ll click.

A lot of firms sport elite former Adcoms. And elite MBAs. And eye-popping stats and success and reviews. So…

Yes. If we were in your shoes, our eyes would glaze over, too. But you’ll do your due diligence––and we encourage it. Picking the right coach is important. In the end, you’ll have a strong sense of who’s for real and who’s all flair but no substance. Who offers a sincere, intelligent assessment versus who will prey on your anxiety. Our advice: put together a shortlist of firms, and go meet as many as you need. Get a feel. If you’re truly top MBA material, we’re confident you’ll recognize the unmistakable signature of experience, excellence and sincerity. In your bones.

Cool, but what’s The MBA Exchange’s… thing? What, if anything, makes your firm different?

  • A self-assuredness and focus that comes from experience and a roster of true professionals.
  • No bullsh*t. [Caring? Yes. Determined? Yes. Coddling? Not so much.]
  • Genuinely good, smart, decent, solid people.* 

[*As you get older and wiser, you start to realize how important this is, and more interestingly… how rare. Our M.O. at The MBA Exchange since our inception has been to only invite not just the smartest and most accomplished professionals onto our team, but also only those people who are genuinely “good eggs.” People we genuinely like. People we find to be mature and dependable and committed to others’ success. It may seem like a strange differentiator to call out, but honestly, that’s the one that may matter most at the end of the day.]

Menu of Services and Associated Costs

We offer three different packages to accommodate individuals with different needs and budgets. Our Gold and Platinum packages include everything under the sun: deep strategic guidance plus comprehensive essay development, along with all the supporting elements such as interview prep, resume and LOR support, and unlimited access to your MBA consultant. We also offer a more economical Silver package (starting at $3,450) for those who prefer a more targeted experience: deep strategy plus essay development (and the flexibility to add on any individual elements as needed).

Location: United States

Email: info@mbaexchange.com

Website: https://www.mbaexchange.com/your-mba-evaluation/

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  • You Definitely Want Talon To Help You Get Into B-School!
    10 months ago
    Talon was encouraging, positive, responsive, and gave wonderful tough love throughout the application process. She pushed me to think outside of the box and hold a mirror up to myself in order to show AdComs my truest self. She was a joy to work with and I recommend you work with her if you want to be considered by your dreams schools!
    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Highly Recommended!
    2 years ago
    Choosing to work with Talon was the best decision of my B-school application journey. I had two hurdles to cross – one, I had to differentiate myself from an overrepresented pool of Indian applicants and two, justify my below-average GMAT score. On top of the hurdles, I was planning to apply to just one business school and had just 40 days to complete my application. Talon rose to the challenge and how! During my first phone conversation with Talon, she promised that she’d make me feel proud of my application. Her words seemed difficult to believe at that point as I was running against time and my self-doubt was at a feverish high. She created a customized timeline for me and made sure I adhered ...
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  • Thoughtful, Dedicated, Empathetic - Highly Recommended!
    2 years ago
    Having spoken with several consultants, I chose to work with Talon and quickly found several reasons to celebrate this decision. Talon is extraordinarily supportive, almost always available within a 12-hour window (usually even faster), incredibly empathetic, and superbly competent in navigating the challenges of the application process. Talon helped me put my best foot forward, overcoming several challenges - as an applicant of South Asian origin working in private equity for almost 8 years, my biggest concerns were presenting a sufficiently differentiated story amongst a highly competitive pool, justifying my above-median age, and creating enough time in the day to work on my applications. Talon made the process seamless and helped me gain a higher degree of self-awareness. She helped me craft a compelling story ...
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    Class of 2023 Admit
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  • Highly Recommend!
    2 years ago
    After having a less than stellar experience with a consultant from a different firm, I felt demoralized applying to b school again. My stats were on the lower end, but Talon rose to the challenge! I was honest with her about my past experience from the get go, and she was not only receptive but genuinely took my concerns to heart. Through our time working together, Talon gave me authentic encouragement when I had self-doubt and tough love when I fell behind on a deadline. She was able to help me tell my story effectively and embolden the parts that I was most proud of. I overcame several hurdles during the application process, and Talon's approach remained genuine, involved, and enthusiastic. When I got the acceptance ...
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    Class of 2021 Admit
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