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, 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: 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, Kellogg School of Management, BA Northwestern University, Director of Admissions Kellogg School of Management
Working at Kellogg for over three years, Beth held the position of Director of Admissions for the Full Time MBA program selecting candidates for the 2-year, 1-year, MMM and JD/MBA programs. Having reviewed over 3,000 applicant files of all backgrounds and industries, she oversaw the Kellogg admissions team through the decision process and represented Kellogg on the road domestically as well as in Brazil, Dubai, and Europe.
Beth’s career began in management consulting at Accenture, where she consulted for multi-national financial services firms, and was based out of Chicago and Sydney, Australia. Beth continued her client services work at Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) in commercial real estate. Beth developed portfolio strategy, negotiated contracts, and managed JLL’s strategic alliance clients, including several fortune 500 companies, such as Huron Consulting Group, Xerox, Convergys, Sun Microsystems, and KPMG.
Outside of SBC, Beth is an avid reader and also enjoys being outdoors and practicing pilates.
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, BS Wake Forest University, CFA Institute Charterholder
Erin earned her MBA from the Harvard Business School and her Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Economics (summa cum laude) from Wake Forest University. She received Wake Forest’s Prize in Economics for her honors thesis on wage gaps and demographics.
In addition to her work as an MBA application adviser, Erin has worked in finance, holding both advisory and investor roles. Most recently she provided financial capital to private equity-backed companies in a variety of industries, leading all aspects of underwriting and transaction execution.
Prior to business school, Erin worked in corporate development for a large financial institution, where she executed strategic projects related to the global financial crisis as part of a small team advising the company’s CFO. Outside of work, Erin is a leader in the Junior League of Chicago where she manages business aspects and fundraising initiatives for the organization.
Ask Erin about her experience many years ago as a former client of Stacy Blackman Consulting!