Yaron Dahan

Expert Consultant

Menlo Coaching

Berlin

Germany

Net Promoter Score: 9

Consultant Bio

Yaron is a filmmaker, writer, and MBA Admissions Coach. Over his 14-year career in MBA admissions, Yaron has guided and advised hundreds of applicants in their application adventure, helping them build their strongest strategies and craft their best stories to get them accepted to Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, and other top B-Schools.

“I want an experienced MBA admissions consultant who knows what works and what doesn’t.”

Yaron joined the MBA admissions consulting industry almost before it was invented. He began his admissions career in 2006, and since then has worked with a wide variety of applicants from almost every background.

“I worked with Yaron on my MBA application essays. He is an extremely personable, knowledgeable and enthusiastic individual, who goes out of the way to ensure that your deadlines are met and expectations are exceeded. He pushed me to work harder on my essays, look at things that I would normally ignore, and craft a solid strategy for my B-school essays.”

Yaron has not only coached MBA applicants, he has also done the original research to figure out what works, and has used that understanding to hire and train other MBA admissions consultants, write lengthy guides on essay writing best practices and MBA programs, and serve as second-line support for other coaches dealing with challenging MBA admissions issues.

Because Yaron is never stumped by any question about MBA admissions, no matter how obscure, his nickname is “The Professor.”

“The application process was a daunting task and Yaron was a godsend. 

“I want someone who can help me tell my story in an exciting way.”

We hate to break it to you, but busy admissions officers reading thousands of applications don’t always spend a lot of time on each one.

Whether or not your application is read in detail depends heavily on whether the reader finds it interesting. As Yaron says, “Make them laugh, make them cry— make them remember you.”

For some applicants, Yaron helps them to distill the lessons gained along the path to elite achievements, like the Olympic athlete and private equity investor who discussed how athletic training shaped him into the person he is today, and how he became aware of his own limits.

For other applicants, Yaron helps them to overcome perceived weaknesses by reframing them, like helping a successful re-applicant to escape from a narrative of “apologizing” for a low GPA and turn it into a compelling story of turning his life around, showing how the applicant overcame a criminal conviction, worked his way up to become the manager in a blue-collar job, got great grades in community college, transferred to a four-year school, and finally achieved conventional career success.

Yaron is the Yoda of essay, a sage in the MBA application consulting. MBA application is indeed his specialty, but his wisdom is not just limited to that particular thing.”

Yaron holds both a BA in English Language and Literature (from Binghamton University) and an MA in Comparative Literature (from Université Sorbonne Nouvelle) which can undoubtedly assist in writing a great MBA application. His background in literature as well as screenwriting help to make sure that your story isn’t just a boring list of what you’ve done, but a story that the reader is dying to finish.

“I want a coach who tells it like it is — total honesty.”

As a native New Yorker who spends a lot of time in Israel, Yaron is no stranger to giving and receiving blunt, honest feedback.

With Yaron, you can be sure that you know exactly where you stand, whether the question is about:

  • Which schools can I get into?
  • Will the admissions committee like this story?
  • Have I done enough mock interviews to perform well on the day itself?

Yaron will never let you go until you’ve done your A+, absolute best quality work.

“Yaron was just a very, very smart guy, very, very perceptive, able to unpack what it was that I was really trying to get at in my applications, able to tease out things in my career vision that, again, made me reflect on it myself, made me think about it more, made me refine it as a vision, not just for something to put in an MBA application, but as something that I really believed in and wanted to pursue.”

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: Berlin Germany

Email: yaron@menlocoaching.com

Website: https://menlocoaching.com

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  • Admitted To HBS & Wharton With $
    2 months ago
    Working with Yaron was an absolute pleasure and made manageable what was initially a daunting process. Yaron’s expert advice helped shape my applications and stand out with a ‘dime a dozen’ background in the overrepresented finance industry. Given that I was applying while simultaneously working a demanding job, I appreciated the efficiency with which the Menlo process allowed me to complete my applications. The process started with a series of helpful videos which provided the background insights that I would have otherwise had to gather through days of sifting through forums. Next, Yaron made it a point to understand my background and motivations through a series of discussions/interviews. Yaron ultimately leveraged small bits of background he gathered during these interviews to help craft my ...
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  • Accepted To Stanford, & Wharton W/$$$. Thank You, Yaron!
    3 months ago
    Going into the MBA application process, I knew that I would struggle with my personal essays and was looking specifically to work with someone that could help me with that. After a consultation session, I knew Yaron was the one! Yaron provided super helpful insights into how to tell a genuine and memorable story and stayed with me every step of the way. I ended up producing 50+ drafts for one of my essays and Yaron was extremely patient and thoughtful with his edits. He provided feedback within 24 hours and his comments were always practical, to the point, and effective. Coming from an extremely overrepresented field, I do not doubt that it was the stories and the narratives that helped me stand out. I ...
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  • Yaron Is The BEST! Headed To HBS
    3 months ago
    Yaron's guidance made a world of difference - it made the whole MBA application process so much easier and more efficient for me. I felt like he was always available to answer my questions and provide feedback every step of the way. The biggest undertaking in the process was the essays and Yaron was as helpful here as you would expect from his glowing reviews. He helped me keep things in perspective and always made me look at the big picture. This also meant omitting some ideas which I thought were great at the time, but in hindsight it all makes sense. His experience with the process and his attention to detail with every draft allowed me to write my story with a specific direction ...
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  • Yaron Is AMAZING | Headed To Wharton-Lauder W/ $$
    6 months ago
    Yaron is an amazing MBA consultant. As an applicant primarily applying to dual-degree MBA programs (HKS Partnerships, Wharton-Lauder, etc.), I wanted a consultant who helped me think critically about my long term career goals, capitalize on the unique aspects of my background, and build a compelling narrative in my essays. Yaron absolutely delivered. He was a great sounding board for reflection and an exceptional essay reviewer often suggesting new ideas or alternative structures that helped me consistently improve my essays. Yaron strikes a great balance of giving direct, candid feedback while being empathetic and encouraging in his guidance. I'd absolutely recommend Yaron to any prospective MBA applicant.
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  • Admissions to CBS/Kellogg/Yale SOM with Scholarships
    6 months ago
    Yaron has been a great help and support throughout my application process. Since I started talking to Menlo Coaching early, almost a year ahead of my actual application, Yaron helped me set my GMAT goal according to my targets and connected me to a tutor when I was stuck in a bottleneck. Despite my initial lack of confidence on my portfolio, Yaron boosted my confidence by encouraging me to apply schools that I had once thought would be too much of a reach. During the application process, after conducting a very in-depth interview with me to learn almost everything about me, Yaron provided some really good suggestions on what stories I could tell in my applications. He is a very experienced consultant with knowledge on ...
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  • Headed To Columbia W/ 3.0 GPA - Thanks Yaron!
    1 year ago
    It was an absolute pleasure to work with Yaron. He provided an elite level of judgment and expertise for my application combined with sincere investment in my success and passion for crafting my story. The process started with two very helpful initiatives. First of all, Menlo gives you a package of prerecorded videos that teach you the ropes for how the admissions process will work overall. You might think this would be basic info that is accessible everywhere, but quite the opposite- I am a reapplicant and so I'd done over a year of research prior, but I still learned a lot from Menlo's informational videos. The second step was a 2 hour session with Yaron where he simply listened and got to know me. He ...
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  • Headed To Wharton W/ $$$
    1 year ago
    I had a fantastic experience working with Yaron. We started working on my essays early so I never felt stressed during the application process. Yaron was easily reachable and often reviewed my essay drafts within 24 hours. He was straightforward with his critique, telling me when things were good and more importantly when things weren't working. More importantly, Yaron helped me craft a compelling narrative to tell business schools. My background is fairly cookie cutter in an overrepresented industry (finance), so it was essential for me to choose stories and experiences that made me stand out. I don't think I'd have received a large scholarship at Wharton without Yaron's help (maybe wouldn't have been admitted either!) TLDR: Yaron was perfect in every way.
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  • Accepted To Stanford
    1 year ago
    Yaron has been incredibly helpful in my application process. Honest, direct, and very efficient, he provided feedback that was effective and pertinent. He challenged me in every single way making me advance not only in my application but also in my personal development. Menlo support is well structured and gives a full overview of the application process. I appreciated the way they connect you to other applicants so every candidate can share his experience. I highly recommend Yaron to anyone who is considering top-business schools.
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  • Admitted To CBS And Booth With Funding, Thanks Yaron!
    2 years ago
    I had a great experience working with Yaron. I’m so excited to join Booth (with scholarship) this Fall. Overall, I think the end-to-end service provided by Menlo makes the whole MBA application process so much easier and much more efficient. Yaron gave me step-by-step instructions throughout the entire cycle from Nov 2019 when I first signed up for the early bird program all the way to Jan 2021 when I received a scholarship from Chicago Booth. MBA applications are a big-time commitment. Yaron really helped me streamline the application process of my original 8 target schools so that I was able to effectively work on essays, network with current students, talk to alumni, attend school events, and communicate with my recommenders while handling a demanding ...
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  • Yaron Is Incredible
    2 years ago
    When I first started the MBA application process, I was hesitant to hire a consultant. Looking back, it was the best choice I could have made, particularly because of Yaron. Yaron is fully honest about your essays. We went through eight different versions on some essays, but with each revision, it was clear how much better the essay was getting. I ended up being super proud of the final products, and they helped me get into my stretch schools with more money than I expected. Yaron makes you feel like you are his only client – he returns your essays quickly and seamlessly. His preparation on interviews is also exceptional. I was so relaxed by the time I got to my interviews and I was ...
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  • First Class - Heading To Wharton In The Fall!
    2 years ago
    Working with Menlo and with Yaron was incredible and even more than I had hoped for. There is a reason people say Menlo is the top admissions consultant. When looking at consultants to work with, I was struck by how robust and informative Menlo's website was. I think I learned more from the free videos on their site than I had in all of the rest of my admissions research, and was impressed by how Menlo's approach was the "white glove" service. Once I took the plunge and started working with Yaron, I was happy to find that the hype was real. Not only was the whole Menlo process wonderfully well-oiled and time efficient for someone working full-time and studying to re-take the GMAT (thanks ...
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  • Yaron Made Me Rewrite My Essays 8 Times
    2 years ago
    Working with Yaron was a life-time experience. He changed the way I was perceiving communications, from McKinsey's situation-complication-resolution to a narrative and storytelling. He made me rewrite the core Stanford's essay (what matters for you most and why) 8 times, always from scratch (we had only 6 weeks till the deadline). Each time I felt like an onion losing its next layer. At some point, we went so deep into my personal life that I had to take a few steps back into the business-related dimension. He helped me to think of my story in a sincere, unique, and powerful way. What's to expect from Yaron? Genuine curiosity in your personality, professional attitude, quick response, readiness to involve his colleagues when needed, patience. What's not ...
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  • Exceeded All Expectations
    2 years ago
    Working with Yaron has been a fantastic experience. As a business owner, I faced many challenges while applying to business schools including a tight work schedule and a less than ideal GMAT score. Despite these setbacks, Yaron provided intelligent and honest feedback in a very timely manner. I knew I wanted to get an MBA, but working with Menlo, I was able to articulate my story while connecting the dots in a very effective way. With a powerful story, I had more confidence approaching other parts of the application process such as the networking, which initially seemed daunting. With this new sense of confidence, many new opportunities opened up and Yaron, with his honesty, definitely kept me on track. With his response time being so ...
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  • Accepted to HBS After 2-Month Sprint
    2 years ago
    I knew Menlo Coaching's approach was holistic when I decided to work with Yaron, but only after I started the process did I appreciate how well the program is designed, with a combination of the dedicated thought-partner (the "coach"), a self-paced video course laying my "MBA knowledge infrastructure", and interview training based on school-specific formats. The first two-hour session with Yaron was already gold. Yaron was able to tease out all the facets of my life, and help me refine a string of common themes, ultimately arriving at the core of "what mattered to me most". Getting that first step right was crucial to the momentum gained during execution phase. There Yaron was never shy to rely on his years of coaching experience, shaping narrative ...
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  • Highly Recommend
    2 years ago
    Working with Yaron at Menlo Coaching was a great experience. I was looking for someone to help me navigate the entire admissions process, as I needed help crafting a compelling narrative, refining my resume to showcase accomplishments, and perhaps most importantly, approaching application essays. Yaron and the team at Menlo had a library of robust resources - I was able to learn about the entire application journey from start to finish and really understand every aspect of what I needed to do, and just as importantly, what not to do. They were available to answer any questions and had terrific turnaround times for essay edits. Through our conversations, Yaron was able to ask questions to elicit the right information to be able to craft a narrative ...
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  • Outstanding Service
    2 years ago
    Working with Yaron, and Menlo coaching, was one of the best decisions I have made throughout the MBA application process. As someone coming from a lower-ranked undergraduate school without a prestigious resume, I knew that I was fighting an uphill battle from the start. However, with Yaron’s constant guidance, shockingly fast turnaround times, and his deep understanding of the story, I was able to get fantastic admits at multiple programs. Yaron’s biggest strength is that he understands how to tell a story. Yaron was able to ask me the right questions and to help me understand what my MBA goals were and how to tell my story to the admissions committee. As I started working on my essays, I realized the time zone difference was ...
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  • Six Admits!
    3 years ago
    Yaron is a wonderful admissions coach, I really cannot ask for better support from any coach throughout this MBA journey. I applied to nine (!!!) schools, and Yaron went through every single application as thoroughly as if it was the first application. I certainly wouldn’t have gotten the six admits and two waitlists including INSEAD and Yale without him. What’s most incredible is that I got into my first choice of dream school LBS, which was a long-shot and I can’t wait to move to London later this year. I have talked with many admission consultants before deciding to go with Yaron because I can see he will genuinely help me to maximize my chance of admission and won’t see me as just another client to ...
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  • 2 Month Sprint to GSB & Wharton Acceptances
    3 years ago
    My time working with Yaron could not have been more enjoyable! I took my GMAT on July 1st with the goal of applying R1 to Harvard, Stanford, and Wharton, and knew I needed to quickly turn my attention to my applications. I have a relatively overrepresented professional background and was concerned about how I could stand out from the many with identical work experience. I knew I wanted to engage a consultant and knew I needed someone who (1) could dedicate the time to truly understand what makes me ME, (2) keep up with my rapid pace of iterations, and (3) had a diverse client base such that he or she wasn’t giving the exact same, cookie-cutter advice to dozens of other applicants struggling with ...
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  • Like, Wow.
    3 years ago
    Yaron is exactly the kind of trusted advisor I hope to be in my own future investment banking career, and that is no exaggeration. He begins by developing a deep understanding of you, the individual applicant, borne out of genuine curiosity, an enthusiastic desire to see the best in people, and the insight and tact to help identify and refine your flaws. From there, his approach is utterly original, completely customized, and has no hint of a template, box-checking, or trying to fit you into a standard “package.” Yaron’s input into my application was far, far more than technical finessing; he acted more as psychologist/coach/confidante, looking insightfully behind everything I said to identify my real motivations, drivers, values, and what matters to me most deeply ...
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  • Great Experience With Yaron!
    3 years ago
    Yaron helped me work through applications for six schools and I got admitted to Wharton, Columbia (with scholarship), and Chicago (with scholarship). Very excited to be joining the Wharton class this fall! The application season and process were definitely stressfully, but I was really glad that Yaron was helping me along the way – from essays to interview preparation. He is genuinely interested in what your thoughts are and help you better express them. I find the process not only helpful for application itself but also in actually thinking about my goal during MBA and career post-MBA. Yaron is incredibly patient during different iterations of essays and remained detail-oriented throughout the process. I would enthusiastically recommend Yaron to people who are considering getting some guidance in the ...
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  • Going To Wharton
    3 years ago
    Yaron has been an amazing consultant throughout the process of my MBA applications, from which I got accepted with scholarships at Wharton, Booth, and Columbia. I talked to more than a handful of consultants before finding the right fit — and that was definitely Yaron. Yaron’s feedback has been always extremely fast — always within two days and usually within 12 hours — enabling me to turn over iterations of application materials very fast. He would also be very patient to help develop essays through five to ten iterations, especially at the beginning of the process, until I could find my voice and finesse my story. Yaron’s approach is particularly effective due to the fact that he would always ask me questions to try to get to ...
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  • Accepted To Wharton!
    3 years ago
    I had the pleasure of working with Yaron on Round 2 applications to Harvard, Wharton, and Stanford. The process couldn’t have been a better experience. Yaron supported me in every aspect of the application and was instrumental in helping me think through my strengths and weaknesses and how to highlight these in the application. If you are unsure about which admissions consultant to go with, I highly recommend you have an initial 30-minute consultation with Yaron. You will quickly learn that he is as experienced as it gets, fun to work with, supportive, and 150% committed to helping you achieve the best results. Yaron helped me work through my applications within a stressful two-month timeframe. We started off with an initial chat about school choices. He ...
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  • From 5 Rejections in 2018 to 5 Accepts in 2019
    3 years ago
    I have been through the wringer with my MBA applications. I applied to 6 schools for the class of 2020 and ended up with five rejections and only one waitlist offer which ended with a rejection. I knew that I needed help and reached out to Menlo Coaching where I was matched with Yaron as my coach. A year later, with the support and guidance of Yaron out of the seven schools, I applied to, I have been accepted to 5 top MBA programs, waitlisted at the 2 other top 15 programs that I applied to, and will be pursuing an MBA at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management in the fall. I spent several weeks interviewing different MBA Consulting firms trying to find the right match. ...
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  • Going To Stanford GSB!
    3 years ago
    After working with Yaron Dahan from Menlo Coaching I was admitted to Stanford, Wharton, Columbia, and Sloan. I was initially waitlisted at Columbia, but got off the waitlist in just a few weeks, with a scholarship, with coaching from Yaron. Yaron provided outstanding advice on my career goals that I believe set my application apart, and would often provide feedback in less than 12 hrs with both detailed and insightful comments. Yaron was fantastic with interview prep as well. The whole process of working with Yaron and Menlo Coaching was truly a pleasure start to finish. Rather than match you with an amateur coach who knows your industry, Menlo will give you a professional. If you’re investing in a coach, work with Yaron Dahan and ...
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  • Wharton Admit With 670 Equivalent GMAT
    3 years ago
    Yaron was the perfect consultant to support my applications and acceptances to all three of the M7 schools to which I applied. Coming from a legal background, I completely lacked the knowledge and support system that comes from knowing peers and coworkers who have attained MBAs. With Yaron’s personalized attention during the entire application journey, I was able to overcome the weaknesses in my candidacy and achieve amazing results. Although my GRE test score (325) was evaluated at 50-60 points below the class average for the GMAT at most of the schools I applied to, thanks to Yaron’s guidance and continuous support throughout the whole process, I was able to gain admits at every school I applied to, include getting an admit at Wharton and an ...
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