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Mr. Community Uplift

About Me:

I grew up in one of the most underserved communities in a major midwest US city. I went to a small community High School where I was fortunate enough to be introduced to competitive debate. I earned a debate scholarship to a public state university but graduated with a low GPA. I was not able to take full advantage of my college education due to family obligations I had back home. My mother has a chronic illness which required me to take on extra responsibilities during college for her care. I’ve since worked my way up in corporate finance, trying to master my craft and have been rewarded with increasing responsibilities. I am certified as a treasury professional (CTP), CFA, and CPA. I have also taken 16 post-baccalaureate courses, including 7 rigorous math courses from a top tier university since college and have a 3.92 (on 4.0) scale. I sit on a local community development corporation’s board of directors which focused on building affordable housing where I grew up and have been an active leader in the local democratic party. I am also a leader in my companies emerging leaders’ program. I plan to go back to business school to round out my business knowledge, gain credibility to progress in my career and explore paths to becoming an entrepreneur using ETA.


Undergrad School: University of Illinois at Chicago

Undergrad Major: Finance

GPA: 2.6

GMAT: 780

Age: 33,  Ethnicity: Black or African American

Other Degree/Certification: Chartered Public Accountant

Extracurriculars: Delegate canidate to democratic national convention, Board member local community development corp

Work History:

Title: Global Treasury Manager

Industry: Real Estate

Company: Global

Length of Employment: 1 yr, 1 mos

Title: Global Senior Treasury Analyst

Industry: Real Estate

Company: Global

Length of Employment: 2 yrs, 1 mos

Big Life Wins:

– Established a centralized treasury department at a global firm that doubled in revenue from $1B to $2B. – Play a central role in developing a strategic plan to build 200 affordable housing units in my community. – Ran 3 of the 6 Abbott World Marathon Majors.

Post MBA Goal:

I want to use the Entrepreneurship through acquisition model to acquire and operate a small business then use the model to help more US underrepresented minorities become business owners and bring much-needed opportunities to my community.


Target School: Chicago Booth

Status: Open

Considering: Kellogg, Yale, INSEAD, Harvard, London Business School


The Experts Rate The Odds At: 90%

  • John A. Byrne, P&Q Founder & Editor-In-Chief | Odds Assessment: 90%

    Let me just say right off the bat that I am really impressed by all that you have achieved. Your deep engagement in the community, your striving despite the odds against you, your high GPA in rigorous math courses at a top-tier university and your work experience speaks volumes about the person you are and the person you will become after you get your MBA. While your undergraduate GPA is obviously low, you have a very good reason for it and your GMAT and subsequent track record more than offset any concern a school should ever have about your GPA. Sure, you’re a little on the older side for the schools you are targeting but I also don’t think that is a hurdle, either. Based …

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The Community Currently Rates The Odds At: 82%

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  • Do you mind sharing more color on the 16 post college courses you have taken?
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    780 is the 99.97th percentile among all test takers. Only about 200 African-Americans score 700 or higher each year. 700 is the 11th percentile. This implies that, statistically, just one African-American candidate only scores 780 once every couple years. You will stand out
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