The All-In Package
Who Should Go All-In?
Who should go All-In? An Ivy League grad keenly aware that when it comes to MBA admissions, there are no guarantees. An applicant who faces challenges such as suspensions, failed classes, lay-offs or low numbers. Or, anyone who hopes to get in to business school and knows that hope alone does not make dreams come true.
Since 2001, Stacy Blackman Consulting clients have received unparalleled rates of acceptances to and scholarships from every top business school in the world. In 2012, SBC clients received over $2.5 million in scholarship offers.
Success Isn’t Trendy.
Our Results Are Consistent.
A success rate ranging from 92 to 98% since 2001 and 20% of admitted clients receiving generous merit scholarships. We’ve shown that we’ve got what it takes to help you get where you want to go. View hundreds of our testimonials.
Who We Are Is As
Important As What We Do.
An elite team supported by continually updated resources and the most current in-service training. We’re proud of our team and what we’ve accomplished.
Our Clients Are Ever-Changing
But Our Strategy Remains The Same
For every kind of client, we only have one strategy: build upon what’s worked while personalizing the process. We’re rigid about success, but flexible about how we get there.
We’ve Got Insider Insights
And We’re Sharing Them With You.
U.S News, CNET and the Wharton School have all asked SBC to be their B-School Blogger. We are the go-to resource for journalists at Fortune, The Economist and many other publications. Why? Because our proven track record and extensive reach makes us a key resource for those supposed to be in the know.
Unlimited Resources, Unlimited Answers, Unlimited Access.
We have endless energy, enthusiasm and information for our clients. There is no scenario we haven’t worked through and no case we can’t handle. We’re turning no’s into yes’s and making dreams come true by using what we’ve built over time: best practices honed over a decade, hundreds of sample essays and interview transcripts and school specific guides that will keep you in the know.
How It Works
- Find Your Partner
- Strategy & Marketing
- Expanded Team & Resources
- FLIGHT TEST™ Your App
- Interview Prep
- Post Submission
CREATE A PARTNERSHIP
BY FINDING THE PERFECT MATCH.
Our process begins with the meticulous pairing of clients and consultants based on histories, needs and goals. Some of our consultants have a sweet spot for non-traditional applicants while others excel with engineers. Just like you, our consultants’ backgrounds and perspectives are varied.
You’ll be matched with someone who believes in your candidacy and who is excited to work with you. Before you’re paired, you can review bios and speak with potential consultants so you feel 100% comfortable.
We don’t begin an engagement or accept payment until you feel you’ve been paired with the perfect match.
THE RIGHT STRATEGY IS
YOUR KEY TO SUCCESS.
So, you’ve been paired with the perfect consultant. Now, it’s time to build an action plan. That starts with a kick-off meeting during which your consultant will dig into the who, what, how and why that form your story.
With a real sense of your history, you and your consultant will come up with a customized application strategy.
Your Strategy Will Include:
- Outlining your strengths and your “reasons to believe”.
- Identifying weaknesses and how to mitigate them. (Our clients learn that their weaknesses can also be amazing opportunities, and the things they worry about are often what set them apart.)
- Selecting stories and experiences that suit specific essay questions.
- Planning for implementation of strategy through every interaction with target schools.
- School Selection: We’ll have an in-depth and honest discussion about your profile and then make recommendations while still adhering to your vision.
- Recommendation Strategy: We will help you select recommenders and develop materials to guide and assist them.
- School guides for available programs on your list.
You’ll receive an Application Strategy Document, which serves as a roadmap for your applications.
Guidance on leveraging social media to support your application strategy.
OUR CLIENTS DON’T BLEND IN.
We implement your personal strategy across every point of contact with your target schools: data forms, informal communications, essays, resume, recommendations. There are no limits on our reviews.
We are here for you, recognizing that many applicants are balancing work, family, and other commitments with the very intense admissions process. We are available weekends, evenings as well as regular work hours.
OUR COMBINED EFFORTS LEAD TO
YOUR INDIVIDUAL SUCCESS
As a client, you have access to our entire team. Your primary consultant will help you connect with other experts as needed for additional essay reviews or to answer your more complex questions.
Clients also have a dedicated client liaison who serves as an additional resource to answer questions, help brainstorm ideas or complete essay reviews. Your client liaison works with a bigger portion of the applicant pool and can provide an additional perspective on how your application compares to others.
Each client is assigned a social consultant who will provide direction on an overhaul of your online brand, and discuss ways to leverage social media to support application strategy. Our resident social media expert ran social at Yahoo! for many years and trained every member of our team.
Our online resource center is a vault with over a decade of data: sample essays, recommendations, resumes, school overviews, interview transcripts and more. We’ll give you school specific insights along the way and discuss what that means for you. Every year is different and every candidate is unique so accept nothing less than personalized attention that reflects your individuality.
PUT YOUR APPLICATION TO THE TEST
BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE TO CHANGE.
You’ve come so far. You’ve almost completed the very intense MBA application process. But before we send it off, we want to make sure it’s perfect. That means fresh eyes and maybe a fresh take.
Once a full set of application materials for your initial school have been drafted, but not finalized, the application will be sent to a former admissions committee member for a one time review, adcomm style. You’ll have the benefit of a true admissions committee review while still having the ability to tinker and change.
You will then partner with your primary consultant to incorporate the feedback and finalize your b-school application.
TAKE THE STRESS OUT OF INTERVIEWING.
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT.
Our interview video platform will be key to your initial interview prep. Choose from a menu of automated interview prompts, record your live interview and play back to reflect and refine your technique. Practice as often as you wish.
Your primary consultant will share proven interview tips and put them to the test in a scheduled mock interview. Your mock interview can take place in person, via Skype, or over the phone, but will always include time at the end for feedback.
We model our interviews after the real thing, simulating Stanford’s ambassador-like friendly approach, Harvard’s grueling inquisition and Wharton’s group discussion. Any mock group interviews will deliver written feedback at the end.
Your consultant will make sure you’re not only ready for your interview, but excited. You’ll have the confidence that only comes with practice and precision.
PARTNERS, REMEMBER? FINISHING YOUR APPLICATION DOES NOT MEAN WE STOP WORKING.
WE’RE HERE FOR YOU UNTIL YOU SAY “YES.”
From which school’s acceptance to take, to how best to navigate a waitlist, to drafting a deferral letter, our services do not end when your application is completed. Our formal services end once you accept admission to a school, but we do hope you’ll stay in touch and join an active pool of SBC alums. Your success is our success and we want to hear about it!
Going All-In means you saying yes to making your hopes a reality. Going All-In puts you on the path to having the future you deserve. Going All-In means you believing in yourself, your talent and your potential.
Going-All In means we are here for you anytime, day or night. Going-All In means you are not in this alone, we are partners, in this together, through the very end. Going-All In means you not putting your future in the hands of hope. Instead, you put your future in your own hands and ours. Going All-In means success isn’t just for someone else, it’s for you.
So should you go All-In? Absolutely. Let’s discuss:
Dreamers and do-ers, we are a Team of success stories ourselves. Just take a look at the bios of a few of our featured consultants, each of whom has something to offer you. Let’s Meet:
Click on a featured consultant below to learn more.
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, 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: MBA, Stanford Graduate School of Business.Undergrad, Harvard University (magna cum laude.)
Chandler’s vast experience working in the private sector for The Coca-Cola Company as well as for the Boston Consulting Group, makes him an excellent resource for all future CEO’s. He has also worked with First Book, an international non-profit bringing over 60 million books to low-income families and has served as the Executive Director of the First Book Marketplace, an award-winning social enterprise. His work with First Book has been highlighted in case studies at Harvard Business School, Columbia University and The Yale School Of Management. The First Book Marketplace was also recently named the “most innovative model” in the field by the Social Enterprise Alliance and the Case Foundation.
His unique ability to help clients see themselves and the value of their own experiences has helped Chandler’s clients create admisisons’s submissions that far exceeded even their own hopes.
When you speak to Chandler, don’t forget to ask him why he will never eat spicy food again.
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 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!
We don’t just believe in our clients, we believe in ourselves. We believe you have what it takes to get into Business School and you just need us to show you how. We believe there is a perfect school for every candidate. And we believe in what we do, otherwise we wouldn’t do it.
We will not work with you if we do not believe in you. And we believe in our ability to guide you to success. While our work together is a partnership, we take our role seriously. For these reasons, we will partially refund fees if you are not successful with at least one school on any package of four or more schools.
All-In Service Pricing
2014-2015 Pricing for Comprehensive Services:
|First School||$4,425||Add to Cart →|
|Add 2nd School||+$1,500||Add to Cart →|
|Add 3rd School||+$1,350||Add to Cart →|
|Add 4th School||+$1,200||Add to Cart →|
|Add 5th School||+$1,100||Add to Cart →|
|Additional Schools (6th and more)||+$1,000 per school||Add to Cart →|
Special Packages – purchase multiple schools up front and save!
|2 School Package||$5,675 (save $250)||Add to Cart →|
|3 School Package||$6,680 (save $595)||Add to Cart →|
|4 School Package||$7,650 (save $825)||Add to Cart →|
|5 School Package||$8,550 (save $1,025)||Add to Cart →|
|6 School Package||$9,400 (save $1,175)||Add to Cart →|
Our track record predicts success, but if things do not go as planned, we will happily return a portion of your fees: $1,000 on a four (or more) school package.