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Candidate:

Ms. Midwest Startup

About Me:

Hello from Detroit, where I work in branding at a consumer goods startup, which involves a great deal of autonomy and strategy-based work despite its “soft” reputation. I’ve worked in startups since graduation, and have a real interest in entrepreneurship and developing equity and diversity within the ecosystem.

Details:

Undergrad School: William & Mary

Undergrad Major: Government, History

GPA: 3.51

GRE: 328

Age: 25,  Ethnicity: White

Extracurriculars: Venture for America Fellow, Started a women's entrepreneurship conference, Freelance marketing for an early-stage pregnancy test startup, Volunteering with a Detroit small business owner to assist with marketing her business

Work History:

Title: Brand Coordinator

Industry: CPG

Company: Start-Up

Length of Employment: 2 yrs

Title: Editorial & Social Manager

Industry: CPG

Company: Start-Up

Length of Employment: , 10 mos

Big Life Wins:

Started a conference for women in entrepreneurship during my time as a Venture for America fellow. 100 participants and a dozen speakers/panelists. In college, I developed the first diversity & inclusion policy for my sorority as president, it became a model for all campus organizations to adopt.

Post MBA Goal:

I’d like to develop a well-rounded profile (including focusing more on hard business skills) that will allow me to take on an operations or strategy role at a consumer goods startup and/or work in VC/Impact investing with attention toward creating more opportunities for diverse founders from places like Detroit.

Schools:

Target School: Berkeley Haas

Status: Open

Considering: MIT Sloan, Yale, Stanford GSB, Tuck

Odds:

The Experts Rate The Odds At: 50%

  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 55%

    Hello there! This is Kate Richardson, Senior Admissions Consultant. Right off the bat, I love your startup experience. Since most applicants from CPG are coming from big firms, I like that you’ll be able to show more autonomy, leadership, and a faster progression of your work. I think you’re right to some extent about the “soft” reputation of branding, though plenty of MBAs go into brand management and it’s quite a well-rounded role. Do be sure to show quantitative skills on your resume and have at least one of your LOR writers speak to those hard skills. I love your extracurriculars and how you’ve started things from scratch! You seem like a real go-getter who fits well with Haas’s defining leadership principles. Your GPA is …

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  • Stratus Admissions Counseling | Odds Assessment: 45%

    Hi, this is Melisa, Admission Counselor from Stratus Admissions. Your extracurricular activities are a great compliment to your start up experience. Haas is a very student driven school and your entrepreneurship conference and other involvement shows that you will give be involved – something important to Haas. I like that you have worked at more than 1 start up (and 1 for more than 2 years) – you can speak to differing start up experiences and bring a Midwest perspective to the West Coast. Your goal of broadening your skills set makes sense and shows you commitment to entrepreneurship. While your GPA and GRE are in a good range for Haas, I would want to know a bit more about the Math/quant classes you took …

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The Community Currently Rates The Odds At: 50%

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  • 50% | 5 months ago

    Really cool list of extracurriculars! My one piece of advice is that I think it might be worthwhile to apply to a broader range of schools since the schools you've listed are all a bit of a crap shoot with low acceptance rates. Maybe worth it to apply Michigan/Ross? Especially with in-state tuition. Best of luck!

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