I have 7 years of experience in communications, primarily in financial services. Spent 5 years at a top-tier financial services company handling product and investor relations PR. While there, I was the youngest lead ever of the women’s network. I now work at a late-stage fintech, leading North America communications.
Undergrad School: Michigan Ross
Undergrad Major: Marketing, International Business
Age: 29, Ethnicity: White
Extracurriculars: Varsity Tennis captain in college, Continue to play tennis at Master's level; nationally ranked
Title: Communications Associate
Industry: Banking & Finance
Company: Fortune 500
Length of Employment: 5 yrs
Title: North America PR Manager
Length of Employment: 2 yrs
I lead PR for North America, a market that drives 25% of my company’s revenue. In this role, I manage 2 people. Outside of work, I’m very involved in the tennis community. I am currently a nationally ranked Master’s tennis player, and continue to compete. Being asked to lead the women’s network at my former organization was a huge accomplishment.
I’d like to transition into product management or strategy at a fintech.
Target School: Kellogg
Considering: Harvard, McCombs School of Business, Yale
Hi Ms. PR Manager, This is Donna Bauman with Stratus Admissions and it is a pleasure to weigh in on your profile. First as a huge fan of college tennis, I am very impressed that you played college tennis for Michigan! I am a big fan of the Tar Heels in tennis and have watched Michigan and UNC have some very high level tennis matches! Your ability to play tennis at this elite level is a huge commitment and it makes your 3.5 gpa in college even more impressive! I recall having a professional tennis player in my class at Kellogg when I was there—and also many other college athletes too. The collaborative team environment at Kellogg is a great fit for athletes who developed …
Hi Ms. PR Manager, This is Donna Bauman with Stratus Admissions and it is a pleasure to weigh in on your profile. First as a huge fan of college tennis, I am very impressed that you played college tennis for Michigan! I am a big fan of the Tar Heels in tennis and have watched Michigan and UNC have some very high level tennis matches! Your ability to play tennis at this elite level is a huge commitment and it makes your 3.5 gpa in college even more impressive! I recall having a professional tennis player in my class at Kellogg when I was there—and also many other college athletes too. The collaborative team environment at Kellogg is a great fit for athletes who developed solid teamwork skills in their sports. Kate Smith, Kellogg’s assistant dean of admissions and financial aid, played college basketball so I do think your leadership from tennis will attract some attention. Your PR background gives you some good insight into marketing and your work in the financial services and tech industries are also very helpful. Leading your women’s network at work is also a great way for you to demonstrate your leadership and all these factors have me thinking you could do really well in your Kellogg application. I also think you could be a strong candidate at all your programs of interest—HBS, McCombs and Yale also. Your 3.5 in a challenging undergraduate business program at Ross will give schools the confidence that you can handle the rigor of their program too. I have worked with some tennis players in the past and really enjoy helping them to think about how the skills they learned on the court translate into their careers and in the MBA application process. If you do want to do a free consult with me, ask me more about the Passion DNA exercise to help you see how these skills that you developed in one area of your life transfer to other areas.
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Public relations is not a natural path toward an MBA but you have clearly done it at a very high level at both a Fortune 500 in financial services and at a startup. What’s more, you have the basic stats from a public Ivy to demonstrate that you can do the work. If your quant score is a bit low on the GRE, you may consider taking it again to improve. But I think Kellogg, and every school for that matter, will especially like the fact that you are also accomplished in a highly competitive sport like tennis. Your post-MBA goal also lines up with your previous work experience and the MBA would allow you to easily pivot to strategy or product management at a fintech.
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