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, Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business (GSB), BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California (USC).
During her time at Stanford, Keauna was an ambassador for the GSB MBA Admissions Ambassador Program as well as a writer for the Stanford Reporter. Keauna has had a diverse career including working in Education, conducting market research in Hong Kong for Cathay Pacific Airways and working as an Electrical Engineer for Northrop Grumman. She also pursued her passion in music, which led to a position as the lead Digital Marketing Analyst at Interscope Records.
Keauna has served as a mentor and coach for the UCLA Anderson School of Management Riordan Fellows Program as well as a Board Member for the Riordan Programs Alumni Association (RPAA). She also co-founded the Riordan Fellows MBA Coaching Program, which launched in 2013.
Ask Keauna to tell you what it was like to fly alongside an F-16 fighter jet when she was an engineer at Northrop Grumman. She can also share foodie takes with you as she loves trying food from other cultures!
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, 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!
STATS: MBA, Texas Christian University, BBA Management from Texas A&M University, Director of Admissions at Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University
Lisa has over 15 years of professional experience recruiting, advising, coaching and placing both MBA students and graduates. In her role as Director of Admissions for the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University, she led the university’s admissions efforts for both the MBA and MBA for Professionals programs. Lisa chaired the admissions committee three out of six years and administered the program’s over $2 million in scholarship funds. She is a frequent speaker on the admissions process, recruiting strategies, and the MBA value proposition.
During Lisa’s tenure at Rice, she also served as the Associate Director of Career Planning in the Jones School’s career center working with recruiters, conducting career development seminars, and coaching MBA students on their career development and search strategies. Prior to joining Rice University, Lisa advised MBAs and masters students in career development and search strategies at the Mays School at Texas A&M University where she also evaluated applicants to the MBA program.
Lisa spent over five years in corporate human resources in the consulting, energy, and manufacturing industries. Her human resources experience includes university relations and recruiting and employee relations and programs.
Ask Lisa to share some scary stories from her HR and admissions days, and be sure to hear about her experience riding a rebellious horse in the Chilean mountains.
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 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!