About Our Consultants
Our team has worked in admissions at every top school (Wharton, HBS, Stanford, Kellogg, Chicago Booth, Tuck, INSEAD, Haas, Anderson, Columbia, Fuqua and more). We are writers, recruiters, strategists, and marketers as savvy as they come. We’ve graduated from the best MBA programs and know what it takes to get in. We’ve published books, taught university level classes and have strong personal relationships with every business school admissions office.
We are dreamers, philosophers, entrepreneurs, bankers and consultants. We are a team. We share information, with one another and with you. We like what we do and we like our clients. We have high standards, for ourselves and for you. We know what it takes to be successful and we’re excited to help you reach your goals.
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STATS: MBA: Wharton/Lauder joint degree program, earning an MBA in Finance from Wharton and an MA in International Studies with a focus in Mandarin and East Asian Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. Served on the hiring committee for Wharton’s current Admissions Director. Undergraduate degree from Bucknell University, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and received the Prize for excellence in literature.
Walter began his career at Lehman Brothers investment banking in New York and then went on to live and work in Beijing, where he established the University Of Maryland’s China EMBA program and managed its admissions committee. His experience there reading applications, interviewing students and his participation in all admissions decisions gives clients a behind the scenes perspective. Likewise, due to his experience working in China, India, Latin America and Europe, he’s had endless success assisting clients with international applications. His close ties with the Wharton School and Lauder program have contributed to his clients’ tremendous success there. Proving that if you want something to get done, ask a busy person, Walter currently serves as a Board Member and Treasurer for Project U.S.E., a Newark, New Jersey based non-profit that delivers experiential leadership education programs for urban youth.
Walter is our resident adventurer. Make sure to ask him about dodging bullets in South Africa, breaking a rib due to sandstorms in Beijing and surviving the Leadership Reaction Courses at Quantico and West Point.
STATS: MBA, Harvard Business School, with concentrations in finance and marketing, BBA, Pace University, magna cum laude, scored in top 2% of program
Dawn has spent more than 10 years successfully advising clients in admission to top MBA programs.
Outside of her work in admissions consulting, Dawn has experience in financial services, management consulting, media and entrepreneurship. Previously, as a vice president at Warner Bros., she focused on mergers and acquisitions, business development, strategy, marketing, and new ventures. She has also worked in private equity for several global funds and as a management consultant in the entertainment group of Booz Allen Hamilton.
Dawn has assisted clients from a variety of backgrounds and industries attain their MBA dreams including: management consulting, finance, private equity, investment banking, entertainment, digital media, technology, engineering and entrepreneurship.
Be sure to ask Dawn to tell you about the time she was leading a $10 billion Mergers & Acquisition meeting and walked out with an offer for a movie. Or at least let her wow you with her incredible multiplication tables skills!
STATS: BA, Harvard University, MA Columbia University, Admissions Committee Columbia Business School
Kate served in the MBA Admissions Office at Columbia Business School for over five years. In her capacity as an Associate Director, Kate advised applicants daily and reviewed hundreds of applications per cycle. She was also an applicant interviewer, a liaison to other offices within the School, and a CBS representative at events around the world. Kate managed several recruiting and operational projects for the Admissions Committee.
After Columbia Business School, Kate transitioned into campus recruiting and training at Evercore, a leading independent advisory investment bank. Throughout her almost three years at Evercore, Kate managed analyst recruiting from top undergraduate institutions as well as assisted in the recruitment of post-MBA associates.
STATS: MBA, Harvard Business School, BS Wake Forest University, CFA Institute Charterholder
Erin earned her MBA from the Harvard Business School and her Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Economics (summa cum laude) from Wake Forest University. She received Wake Forest’s Prize in Economics for her honors thesis on wage gaps and demographics.
In addition to her work as an MBA application adviser, Erin has worked in finance, holding both advisory and investor roles. Most recently she provided financial capital to private equity-backed companies in a variety of industries, leading all aspects of underwriting and transaction execution.
Prior to business school, Erin worked in corporate development for a large financial institution, where she executed strategic projects related to the global financial crisis as part of a small team advising the company’s CFO. Outside of work, Erin is a leader in the Junior League of Chicago where she manages business aspects and fundraising initiatives for the organization.
Ask Erin about her experience many years ago as a former client of Stacy Blackman Consulting!
STATS: MBA, University of Chicago’s Booth Graduate School of Business, Masters in Sociology, University of Chicago, Bachelor’s degree, Political Science, University of California, Santa Barbara.
After graduating from Chicago, Kevin worked in brand management and marketing at SCORE! Learning Inc. (a Kaplan and Washington Post Company). He then served as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Product Development at Intrax Cultural Exchange, a worldwide education and travel company. Kevin has also served as the Vice President of Marketing and Sales at Hornblower, managing such iconic brands as Stature of Liberty and Alcatraz. Most recently, he worked as a Marketing and Strategy Consultant for Monitor360.
Kevin lives with his wife and two children in Berkeley, California. Talk to Kevin about sea kayaking in the Bay Area and about the multiple screenplays he has written.
STATS: BA, Johns Hopkins University. Former Manager of Admissions, INSEAD. Former Admissions Committee member, Columbia Business School.
Having worked at both Columbia and INSEAD, few individuals have as much experience as Carol on “the other side” of the admissions process. As such, she provides her clients with an amazing and unique perspective. Similarly, Carol’s work in Columbia’s Office of Career Services, leading interview skill workshops for both first and second year students makes her an invaluable resource to clients through all stages of the admissions process.
Currently, as an educational consultant with over a decade of experience, Carol is particularly skilled at helping clients find and develop bold topics that will differentiate them from other applicants. She uses her prior experience in admissions to seek out those situations that will become excellent material in the essays. This, coupled with her understanding of applicants’ lives and stresses, gives her a comfortable, and comforting, point of view.
If you get the chance, make sure to ask Carol about “the most memorable MBA essay” she’s read. Chances are, you’ll find it as unforgettable as she did.