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: 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: 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, The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, B.S.,The University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce.
In addition to her work as an MBA application adviser, Meredith has served as an Assistant Vice President for a private debt fund in Chicago, IL. Prior to that, Meredith was a strategy consultant where she provided strategic advisory services primarily to technology companies and private equity investors.
In between her first two years at Kellogg, Meredith worked for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation in Washington D.C. on strategic and financial planning initiatives.
Before business school, Meredith was an investment banking associate and analyst. She primarily worked with private equity-backed transactions and leveraged finance.
Outside of her professional career, Meredith serves on three non-profit boards in the city of Chicago and is a member of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. She also remains active with UVA as a member of the Young Alumni Council and serves as an alumni interviewer for the Kellogg School of Management.
Ask Meredith about her adventures living in Rwanda!
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!
STATS: MBA, Cornell’s Johnson School of Management with full scholarship and acceptance into Cornell’s Park Leadership Program. Admissions committees: Cornell University, Kenan-Flagler Business School.
Ryan worked for four years in MBA admissions at Cornell University and The Kenan-Flagler Business School, during which time he reviewed over 1,500 business school applications and interviewed over 500 MBA candidates. In addition, Ryan has over six years of marketing and corporate strategy consulting experience. He has advised executives from more than 25 Fortune 500 companies on marketing, branding, and corporate strategy, and has advised several prominent political figures from around New England.
In his free time, Ryan leads a Boston-area youth program and counsels inner city high school students on their resumes and college applications. He has delivered motivational speeches to high school students and young professionals, and has spoken to audiences of up to 2,500 people. Be sure to ask him about one particular speech he gave, though, which he considers his most embarrassing moment.