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: 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: 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: 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: 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 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!