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 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, The Wharton School. Served on Wharton Admissions Committee. BS in Business and a BA in Psychology, Washington University. Leadership Fellow and Co-President of BizWorld, a volunteer organization teaching entrepreneurship to elementary school students.
An SBC veteran since 2006, Amanda’s vast experience in admissions and her years of professional experience make her an admissions powerhouse. Having carved her own non-traditional path by working in both business development and strategy for Diageo as well as in charter school management and education reform in Washington DC, Amanda sees non-traditional MBA applicants as a thrilling challenge. Amanda’s experience working in both London and New York give her a very useful real-world perspective.
Make sure to ask Amanda about her first day on the job in London, and why she now stays closer to home. (hint, his name is Max and he weighs less than 50 pounds) .
STATS: BS, Cornell, Fuqua Admissions Officer
Before becoming an MBA application advisor, Sherry spent four years working at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University as a Director of Admissions where she evaluated applications, sat on the admissions and merit scholarship committees and coached unsuccessful applicants on how best to improve their application so that they could reapply the following year. She also supervised Fuqua’s international admissions procedures and traveled extensively throughout the US, Asia, Europe, South America, the Middle East and India recruiting and interviewing prospective students.
Sherry’s other professional experiences include Human Resource Management, teaching, coaching and sales management.
Sherry’s strengths in teaching, evaluating and storytelling result in very effective and successful applications. Sherry’s long list of successful applications includes every top school.
Ask Sherry about the challenges she faced getting Oprah Winfrey’s dogs on her private plane to Hawaii, or talk with her about her decades long relationship mentoring through the Big Brothers/ Big Sisters program.
STATS: Masters Degree, New York University, lecturer, New York University
A native of Los Angeles, Margaret has been an international MBA application advisor since 2000. Margaret began her professional career in broadcasting, as a radio personality in Los Angeles, eventually moving into the field of publishing. Prior to joining the MBA world, Margaret managed a publishing company in New York, and worked for over a decade at Condé Nast Publications. Most recently, she was the founder and director of an Arts NGO in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Margaret has successfully worked with every type of client imaginable, with a very high percentage receiving merit scholarships. Her clients can now be found on the alumni rosters of every top school.
Be sure to ask Margaret about her first paying job…as an opera singer!
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, 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!