About Our Consultants
Our team consists of 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 worked in admissions (Wharton, Kellogg, Chicago Booth, Tuck, INSEAD, Haas, Anderson, Columbia, Fuqua and more),
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, 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, 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.
STATS: MBA Kellogg School of Management. BBA University of Michigan with distinction. Kellogg Admissions Officer.
Caryn has immersed herself in the MBA admissions process for almost a decade. Before joining Stacy Blackman Consulting, Caryn worked as an Admissions Officer for Kellogg where she read and evaluated thousands of applications and recommended admission to Kellogg. She also conducted numerous applicant interviews assessing candidate fit and future potential at Kellogg and beyond.
In addition to her MBA admissions work, Caryn has a deep background in the corporate world with roles in marketing, strategy and finance, most recently serving as a Senior Marketing Manager for Gatorade/Pepsico, where she led Gatorade’s efforts in a variety of successful consumer programs. Long involved in both on and off-campus recruiting, she also co-led all of the Kellogg recruiting efforts for the PepsiCo Chicago office. Prior to receiving her MBA, Caryn worked in corporate finance and public accounting as well as obtained her CPA certification.
Caryn has an exceptional success rate and is particularly good at helping clients clearly define ambiguous career goals and develop a personal story. She has successfully assisted clients with every top business school around the globe.
And if Caryn looks a bit familiar, ask her what famous movie she (quickly) appeared in!
STATS: MBA, Stanford Graduate School of Business, AB in Applied Mathematics, Harvard College.
Paul has been fortunate to gain experience at leading firms such as Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati (brand management) and Goldman Sachs in New York (investment banking and private equity). He had a 20+ year career as an investment banker and entrepreneur (technology and consumer products).
Paul has aided the Stanford admissions committee in reviewing applications and has interviewed and evaluated more than 50 GSB candidates. This has involved post-interview evaluative write-ups as well as more direct interaction with the Director of Admissions.
Paul’s non-profit board involvements have included the Harvard Club of New York City, Stanford Club of Korea, the Curtis Institute of Music, Korean-American Association of Greater New York, National Fisheries Enhancement, and as a Senior Advisor to Ashoka – Innovators for the Public. Ask Paul about life with his two growing daughters!
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. Served as HBS Admissions Ambassador. BBA with high distinction at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, spent the first two years in University Of Michigan’s Honors College where she was named Angell Scholar.
Not only has Erika published a book (Zero-Sum Game: The Rise Of the World’s Largest Derivatives Exchange, Wiley-2010), she was also the Managing Director of Marketing at the Chicago Board of Trade. In that role, Erika was responsible for the exchange’s heavily trafficked web site, a multi-million dollar ad budget and all product marketing materials. Erika’s gift for written gab has helped her clients earn acceptances and scholarships from: Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, Kellogg, Chicago Booth, UC Berkeley Haas, and many more.
Erika loves traveling and has visited all seven continents. Be sure to ask her about the time her tour group helped rescue passengers from a sinking ship in Antarctica!