Stacy Blackman Consulting Reviews

STACY BLACKMAN CONSULTING REVIEWS

The following Stacy Blackman Consulting Reviews are from the past year.  Check out reviews from prior years.

“I was accepted to Wharton, Booth, Kellogg and INSEAD! Working with SBC is an experience I recommend to all who are considering applying to an MBA. The services I was provided with were extremely professional and organized, and everyone I interacted with from SBC was extremely friendly and generous with their time. One example of why I believe SBC offers an exceptional service is when I asked to change my consultant even after I had been given options and made my initial selection. The consultant himself was excellent however I realized the working style I preferred was different, and SBC made every effort to understand how I preferred to work so that they could match me with the right consultant. And they did when they partnered me with my new consultant!  She is extremely friendly, prompt, organized, and honest with her opinions (which is very important). Her suggestions to improve my essays took them to a whole new level of conciseness and clarity. Her help was invaluable in times (most often) when I did not know where to begin cutting down words so as to fit into the limits (or the 1 page resume)! She was knowledgeable not only in helping me to review drafts but also in providing advice and answers to any general question regarding specific schools and the application process. She took the time to really understand what I have achieved and what my goals are. In reviewing my achievements and failures, she helped me understand how to talk about them positively and focus on the right issues ”“ this was especially useful and essential when we did a mock interview together. I am very grateful for my consultant and SBC’s expertise, assistance, time and effort in this long process. It was all absolutely invaluable!”

“My e-mail has two main reasons:  1) To celebrate the results achieved in my application process. I applied for a total of 6 schools, was invited for 4 interviews and was accepted by 3 schools. Ross, Kellogg and Wharton. I cannot imagine a better outcome of this 7 intense months dedicated to the application process;  2) To thank you all.  – I cannot imagine the same outcome, if I had not worked with you guys. Since day one when I received a call from my client liaison explaining the methodology behind Stacyblackman until the final day you guys have always kept an excellent work, which gave me the confidence to achieve the results. – My special thanks to my consultant. He assumed several roles during the whole process. He was an strategist to see the best case for me, an English profesor teaching me how to be assertive in writing essays, a coach cheering me up after a bad GMAT result (more than twice) and a friend suffering and celebrating together every step of the way. For all those things I can only say Thanks and Thanks again.” 


“I’m in at HBS!!  I am absolutely over the moon right now (although sad that this means I have to say goodbye to Kellogg…).  And I could NEVER have done it without you, so thank you again a million times over.  I never thought this would happen in a million years.”


“I got selected in Stanford GSB 🙂 Just got a call. Thanks a lot all of you for your help. I would like to thank my consultant especially for the constant support and help that he offered me. I cannot express how glad I am to have got an admit.”
India


“I feel extremely lucky to have worked with my SBC consultant on this process and I owe so much of my acceptance to a top school to her.  My consultant helped me get into one of my top three choice schools when just two months before I started working with her, I had only then started studying for the GMAT.  Even though I came from a very different field, she got me acclimated to the admissions process and helped me stay on track during the craziness of getting back into the swing academic studies.  With her encyclopedic knowledge of business schools around the world, she was able to point me to schools that fit my background, my interests, and most importantly, my personality.  My consultant also helped me translate my soft skills as a musician in a way that showed my strengths through the eyes of the business world-a very different way of looking at myself up until then!  Even though my overall application did have certain weaknesses, she gave me invaluable advice on how to manage those issues and present my overall profile in a way better than I could ever have imagined.  On a personal level, she was able to give me either the occasional push or words of encouragement to help keep me focused and motivated during a whirlwind eight-month long process.  The fact that she helped me, a classically trained cellist, get into my dream school is in its self a testament to how great a consultant she is. Business school expert and my admissions “life-coach” for the better part of a year; she is the consummate MBA admissions consultant.  It was a privilege to work with her and I highly recommend that anyone looking to go to a top business school seek out SBC’s expertise. “


 “My SBC consultant played an absolutely critical role in helping me both manage my expectations and meet my business school application goals.  Her patience, coupled with her sense of urgency when needed, helped me juggle a demanding full-time job while studying for the GMAT (for a second time) and completing three applications.  Through numerous brainstorming sessions, essay rewrites, and emails back and forth, I ultimately was admitted to two schools.  My consultant’s  calm demeanor and common-sense approach to the business school process gave me piece of mind and a manageable task timeline.  She introduced me to information that was invaluable to the process and to which I would not have otherwise known. I fully recommend SBC to anyone who is looking for a consultant that is incredibly easy to work with and shares mutual goals.”


“INSEAD and Cambridge also forwarded the offer. So that made 3 on 3. So satisfying. I could not have done this without you! You are indeed awesome!”


“My SBC consultant was the key resource that made my application experience successful and manageable.  I was admitted to 3 of the 6 programs (and waitlisted at 1) that I applied to, including my top 2 choices””Kellogg and Ross.  His thoughtful insight brought focus and structure to my essays and helped me to identify qualities that I had overlooked, resulting in well-rounded, advantageously positioned applications.  He was tremendously helpful and I enthusiastically recommend working with him.”


“This is to express my gratitude to your consultancy firm and also my consultant. I got selected for the MBA program at Oxford Said Business School.  6 Months back , when I started with my admission process, I did not have a very good GPA and I had a very common profile of an IT Indian Male. I was really worried as to how I will make my application stand different from others in order to get into top MBA programs.  My first call with my consultant gave me that confidence  and made me comfortable that I could create a strong application. Through her intelligent and well prepared questions she identified areas of my background that I thought were not important. The major difference she made was in my thinking and strategy that I have to stress on impact and not just accomplishments.  Starting with the review of my resume, to in depth multiple reviews of my application essays, she did a great job and she always provided her honest comments that helped me form a strong application. She was always available when I needed her to meet my deadlines.  She often worked on weekends as well so that I could submit the application on time. Throughout the application process she has been very supportive and encouraging.  Her mockup interview also prepared me well and gave me the right confidence that helped me perform well during my MBA interview. My consultant has made an invaluable contribution to my MBA admission process and I would recommend her to anyone who wishes to get into a top MBA program.”


“Going through the application process prior to SBC was a nightmare, I had a low GMAT score, unorganized thoughts and no clue on how to structure my essays or applications. From day one upon scheduling my consultation we talked about what I was looking for and how SBC could help me achieve my goals. I had an amazing consultant who helped me shape my essays, guide me through the whole process and focus on my key strengths”¦you’d be amazed with what you come up with at the end! I want to thank SBC for really helping me through all this, especially my consultant Andy who worked really hard with me to get everything done on time and come up with a great application!

I got accepted into my 2 top choices Columbia & USC!” 


“I just wanted to share some more good news with you: I got the good fortune of also getting accepted by both Duke and Dardenthis past week.  It has been icing on the cake to know that my hard work paid off with them as well.   I’ve enrolled in Michigan though and I’m beyond confident that I’ve made the right choice.  I definitely need to thank you for your hard work for me and my goals
and your amazing advice.  I know you must hear this all a lot, but working with you made me see a lot more clear my own goals, strengths,
and weaknesses, and what I was really looking for in an MBA.  I am especially appreciative of your honest feedback and persistence in
helping me learn to translate my military experiences in an understandable way (I’ll never forget all those Ross drafts for essay
3!).  I really think all that all made the difference in my application and was the determining factor in me being accepted.  So I couldn’t be happier right now, thanks again.  It was a real pleasure working with you. 


“I just wanted to let you know that I was admitted to Wharton.  Needless to say, I’m elated!

I was confident that I had the background and qualifications to be a competitive candidate, but that background is only as good as being able to exhibit it in the appropriate way — and it was through your guidance and expertise that I was able to tell my story and highlight my strong suits in the proper light.  Without you two, my qualifications might have been for naught if they weren’t conveyed in a way that resonated with the Admissions Committee.

Simply put — and I hope you already know this — I couldn’t have done this without you.  As I told you in prior emails, I was able to sleep easy at night knowing that I was able to put my best foot forward because I had you as my navigator.  Working with you alleviated the prospect of ever having to wonder “did I take the right approach with my application” or “what if I did something differently.”

Thanks again for everything you did to ensure I submitted a stellar application.”


“Not sure if I am dreaming or if this is real, but I got a call from Derrick Bolton late last night and apparently I was admitted to Stanford. Got the emails today and status update confirming everything. I wanted to thank you deeply for your support which was unbelievable. I CANT BELIEVE! Your knowledge on the application process was crucial for the admittance. I don´t need to say how happy I am, this is AWESOME!”


“My SBC consultant was an invaluable asset throughout the admissions process and my journey in selecting an MBA program that fit my needs.  As a candidate with a military background and zero experience writing a resume, my consultant skillfully assisted in translating my military experience and jargon into a professional resume.  During an interview with one of my targeted schools, the Admissions Director commented that my resume was one of the best she had ever seen from a military candidate as it effectively translated my skill sets and experience into proper business language and format.  Further, my consultant helped craft my unique story by reviewing my transcripts, work history and Stacy Blackman Flight Plan.  Her essay editing is unparalleled and was a tremendous help in perfecting my essays before presenting them to an admissions team.  Finally, Lisa’s insight during my decision process was the key to choosing the right school for me.  I’m proud to say that I was accepted to several of my target schools (with scholarship), however, I couldn’t have done it without Lisa and Stacy Blackman Consulting!”


“I’m in at Wharton!  I honestly can’t believe that this actually happened — Right now I almost don’t know what think, but it will sink in over the next few days.  I wanted to reiterate how much you impacted my successful application.  Your support, from detailed editing to helping me find my story, was critical to getting into Wharton.”


“Words are not enough…to express this feeling and to thank you for the hours spent together to achieve this dream, for helping me look my best in those essays, for your wise advice and for being part of one of the most special moments in my. . . a huge milestone to build on for the rest of my life.  As you probably imagine, yes I was accepted at Fuqua!   Thank you!”


“I got some good news from HBS today – I am in for 2014!  I will definitely be matriculating.  Thanks for your help on my applications – your thoughts on content changes, structure and themes were spot on and took my app to the next level.”


“I just want to let you know again how happy I am that I was admitted to Wharton.  It had been such a nerve-wracking few days that I’ve just finally gotten a chance to slow down and realize what has happened!  This is a great outcome.  I will be enrolling at Wharton and am really excited!!

I want to really thank you so much for all of the hard work you put into this application process.  Your help was so valuable and really went above and beyond my expectations.  The detailed attention you put into my essays and your quick and thoughtful responses to my questions made me feel so supported.  I remember talking with you at the very start of this process about whether or not I should even apply this year to business school, so your help has really guided me throughout! I have only positive things to say about my experience with you.”


“I just wanted to let you know that I’ve been admitted to Columbia Business School! I definitely would not have received that admittance letter without help from Stacy Blackman, and more specifically, from my consultant. My consultant worked with me patiently through every step of the process. He has intimate knowledge of what exactly Columbia is looking for in its business school students, and he helped tailor my application to highlight those certain areas most important to Columbia. He guided me through countless versions of my resume and essays, insisting nothing less than perfection. When I visited campus, he provided helpful information to ensure I got the most out of my visit. I will be moving to New York in a matter of months, to start the next chapter of my life at Columbia. I am sincerely thankful.”


“From our introductory conversation through to our wrap-up call, my consultant was fully engaged, honest, and insightful.  My SBC consultant has in-depth knowledge of all business schools, and once he knew more about me, his ideas and advice actually led me to change my list of schools that I applied to for the better.

His process for putting together an application is excellent, starting off with simple brainstorming and teasing out the best ideas for an essay, while keeping in mind the greater story that the application is going to tell.  His personable and laid back attitude made it easy to be open and reflect on personal experiences, which is integral to the essay writing process.

In the end, I was accepted to my top choice, Columbia Business School, and I believe that I owe a great deal of credit to my consultant’s experience and expertise with this institution.  He also had insights and recommendations that helped me out a great deal with my other applications that he did not even get paid for.

My consultant is extremely knowledgeable, insightful, and experienced, and most of all, he cares!  I highly recommend him for any business school application, and he should be the default choice for anyone considering Columbia.”


“I selected my consultant based on her great testimonials and proven results”¦and I wasn’t disappointed.  I began working with her over the summer and had numerous application strategy discussions where we fashioned “a story” which played into my strengths and aligned to the specific schools to which I was applying.  During the ensuing months, she was remarkably responsive sending back suggestions within hours.  She even utilized her expansive SBC network to get second/third opinions to ensure we were putting the best application forward.    She was truly a nice person who truly cared about me which made working with her all the better.  Ultimately, I was successful in getting into Booth which was my #1 choice and I couldn’t have done it without her.  I would wholeheartedly recommend her and am sincerely appreciative that I had the chance to work with her.”


“I am very happy to say that I was given a top notch service and I feel that it was completely worth it. My consultants gave me excellent guidance and helped me get in to my top MBA program at a low GMAT sore of 540. They gave me assistance in strengthening other areas of application due to which Admission committee could overlook this single blemish on my application. I am very much satisfied with your services and I will recommend it to anyone.”


“I embarked on my MBA application journey knowing that I needed someone to lean on for all application-related questions, large or small.  I engaged my consultant because of her ties to and expertise with Tuck, my top choice.  I was a middle of the road candidate and knew that her intimate knowledge of “what makes Tuck tick”  could help me stand out from a very competitive pool of applicants.  Looking back, I feel like my consultant “got” me, and helped me craft effective essays that weaved the same central themes of my story throughout each essay and each application.  I only engaged her for two schools (Tuck and Darden) but was able to use material from those two applications to also apply to a third “top 20” school.  Her response time was always within 24 hours, typically within just an hour or two.  She also has phenomenal bed-side manner (the consultant’s version) and helped manage my expectations throughout this process.  At the end of the day, I was accepted everywhere I applied and was able to have my pick of my three favorite schools.  I went into the process expecting to only get into one school and just go there – my consultant helped me TRULY put my best foot forward, and I am 100% convinced that I would not be in this absolutely amazing position that I never dreamed possible if it weren’t for her.  Just a note:  for anyone who thinks that “hiring a consultant” will make the application process easier, think again.  I am confident that I worked significantly harder on my applications than I would have without a consultant.  That said, you really get out what you put in.  My consultant acted as my coach and adviser and really, really pushed me to put out an impeccable and thoughtful end-product.  If you’re serious about the application process, SBC will help you get to where you want to be.  I can’t thank my consultant enough for what she did for me.”


“I found an instant connection with my consultant She had me figured out before I even spoke to her.  We were able to work well together matching up the schools that I liked with schools that she thought would be a good, reasonable fit for me.  She had a very good idea of the schools that I could get into, even if I didn’t.  My consultant was able to evaluate all aspects of my life and work and determine the best weaknesses to highlight and mask my apparent weaknesses.   She and I worked endlessly brainstorming for essays for schools and revised my essays too many times to count.  She mapped out a schedule for the whole application process that made each application manageable.”  


“Duke said yes and threw in 70K on top of it. I’m pretty excited…it looks like your advice definitely paid off! Best 5k I’ve ever spent so far!”


“I just wanted to update you – I have been accepted to both Ross and UCLA!!!!!  I am so appreciative of your help throughout this whole process. I am happy to have some choices to make and will be weighing out the options. I did get some money from Ross.  Thanks so much!”


“From start to finish, my consultant has provided insightful guidance and advice, giving me the confidence to present my ambitious longer term goal and to effectively relate it to my current and past experience. He has pushed me to reflect on my career and life experience from a variety of perspectives and create a strong and coherent application strategy. With his help and guidance, I have been able to gain admission to my dream school.”


“My consultant was absolutely great to work with through every step of the application process!  I was concerned about working with someone remotely, but she was always available to answer questions by phone and email, and fast responses helped put my mind at ease right away.  Talking about myself was not easy, and my consultant was instrumental in helping me structure my thoughts and how I wanted to present my MBA candidacy.  She provides great feedback because its honest.  It is evident that she really cares about your success, making you comfortable throughout the process. Her help in identifying and addressing weaknesses on my application gave me the confidence apply to my reach schools.  I could not have gotten into my top choice without all of her help and support.  I would recommend working with my SBC consultant to anyone looking to apply for an MBA.”


“I have the highest recommendation for my consultant.  I could not have asked for more during my application to an EMBA program.  In completing research on the internet I knew SBC was a top notch support service for MBA applicants.  Even with the strong reviews of SBC, my consultant exceeded all of my expectations.  I had a low college GPA and barely met work requirements to be considered by schools that I desired to apply.  In short, I considered myself a reach candidate for elite schools.  My consultant rounded my applications using the SBC process perfectly and did an outstanding job in interview prep so that I could highlight my strengths and market myself as an asset to each program.  Her help paid off, I was admitted at 2 of my dream schools.  Thanks to her help, I was able to choose between my dream programs and will now be alumni of an elite school.  Outside of the results, she was a great person to work with.  I felt like we were a team and she was just as eager to hear the results of each school as I was.  Further, she was glad to help with any questions that I had and talk through each aspect of the process in detail.  Again, I am extremely happy with the results we achieved, supported significantly by my consultant.  I will gladly provide a recommendation on her behalf to anyone requiring an MBA consultant.”


I heard from FEMBA today and I am admitted!!! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!  Now it comes to the tough part of which program I choose.”


“My consultant was as good as I could have asked for.  At the very beginning during the brainstorming period, she made a special effort to get to know me well and asked incisive and intelligent questions. She was able to quickly grasp my strengths and potential weaknesses and was an invaluable source of guidance with regards to my crafting a unique story. I was moving jobs (and countries) during the application process and she greatly helped streamline the process and created deadlines for me that helped me manage my time effectively. She always encouraged honesty while simultaneously helping me add color to the essays. Most importantly, she was available whenever I needed to speak to her. I would highly recommend SBC to anyone who wishes to be enrolled at a top MBA program ”“ it is my consultant’s help that I will be joining HBS this Fall!”


“I. can’t. breathe.  I JUST GOT INTO KELLOGGGGGGG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   At a loss for words at the moment, but had to let you know as soon as I hung up with the admissions officer!!!!   I am quite possibly the happiest person on the face of the earth right now!   Unbelievable.  Again, a hugeTHANK YOU!”


“It was great working with SBC as I went through the stressful process of applying to various MBA programs. My consultant was extremely personable and easy to work with. His expertise and knowledge of how to develop my applications and make the most out of my personal strengths and experiences was invaluable. He worked with me on a very tight time line and was always quick to provide feedback. I was able to overcome a below average GMAT score and gain admission to one of my target schools. Without his assistance and expertise I don’t think that would have been possible.


“I got the call from MIT this morning- I have been accepted into the 2013 cohort! Woohoo!!  Your guidance proved absolutely invaluable. I really feel the application process was a team effort, and I am very grateful for all your help.”


“I wanted to share the good news with you: I got accepted at Duke. Since this year was my second attempt at getting into a school, I can tell from experience that working with you was one of the best decisions I ever made. I cannot thank you enough for helping me put together a stronger application this year.   I’d love to meet and express my sincere thanks to the two most wonderful people I have worked with only over emails and calls. I also got an admission offer from UCLA, but will be going to Duke.”


“Stacy Blackman Consulting was an invaluable resource when I was applying to Kellogg’s part-time MBA program.  With the application deadline just over a month away, I found myself in a serious time crunch as I had just begun to study for the GMAT and still had to write five application essays.

I contacted SBC hoping to improve my essays in order to offset an anticipated weak GMAT score.  The support I received from SBC went well beyond this expectation.  SBC immediately helped prioritize tasks during this constricted timeframe.  First, SBC helped revise my outdated resume and prepped me for my interview at Kellogg.  This included a mock interview, during which I was asked almost every single question that came up during my actual interview.  Gaining insight in to the interview process and receiving immediate feedback to my responses allowed me to establish a clear framework around the message I needed to get across to be an attractive candidate.  In the end, the preparation enabled me to nail the interview.

SBC’s assistance on my essays also exceeded my expectations.  In addition to providing insightful guidance to me while brainstorming essay responses, SBC also provided great editing suggestions in a timely manner.  I typically received feedback within 24-hours of sending a draft essay (which is especially impressive given it was holiday season).  My contact at SBC elevated my essays from mediocre to beyond topnotch.

I am confident I would not have been admitted to Kellogg without the help of SBC.  The team is extremely talented and clearly takes immense pride in their work.”
Illinois, USA


“Wanted to inform you that I got a dramatic acceptance from Cornell!!  Thank you so much for all your help and for hanging in there with me despite so many denials! You were extremely patient during the entire experience and I loved working with u!  It was an excellent experience, making it even better with the acceptance! :)”


“Last week, after my interview with Rotman Ad Com, I have received my admit letter from them. Finally, I have an acceptance. However without your guidance, I don’t think I would be able to achieve this.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank you from deep of my heart and appreciate all your efforts in preparing my all applications. I seriously believe that working with you transformed my complete application and increased my chances of getting an interview call and final admit.  Once again thanks for everything.”


“I just received a call from the admissions office at INSEAD.  I have been selected for the MBA programme starting in september 2011.  This has happened just because of your guidance and counseling. I could not have had a better coach than you.  I am so excited to join this programme!!  Thanks a lot for all the things you have done for making me get into INSEAD .” 


“Just found out about an hour ago that I got accepted to MIT!  I’m incredibly excited to spend the next two years in Cambridge!

Thank you so much for all your help throughout the process.  I’m sure you have heard this hundreds of times but I truly could not have done this without you, and I sincerely appreciate all of your guidance that you provided along the way.  Applying to graduate school while traveling full-time and leading a large workstream of a consulting engagement was not easy, but you made the process so much easier to manage.  I cannot give enough praise to the job you did!

Thanks again for helping my dreams come true!”


“Thank you so much for all your help. I definitely feel that the essays we worked on were great and couldn’t have made them any better. Working with you was a great experience and I’ve learned a lot during the process…I think UCLA will be a good fit for me. I’m super excited and can’t wait for what’s coming up next.


“I wanted to let you know that Dartmouth called and offered me acceptance from the waitlist (five days after I accepted UT’s offer).   I will certainly let you know what I decide, but wanted to let you know. I certainly wouldn’t have either of these opportunities if it weren’t for your support!”


“When I first contacted SBC, I was not very sure about the usefulness in having consultants to work on my B-school application. But working with the my consultants made the whole process less tedious and very beneficial. Having a low GMAT and average GPA, I was skeptical about my chances to get into Carnegie Mellon. But with their help, I was able to prepare an application that highlighted my strengths in terms of my work experience and community service and downplayed my weaknesses. Coming from a technical background, my resume was filled with technical stuff. But my consultant gave a solid uplift to my resume by focusing more on my leadership work and achievements and made it uniquely outstanding. He was extremely patient throughout the process and always took time to discuss the various issues I had during the admission process. He has good knowledge about what the admission team expects and conveys the message beautifully in essays to fit their expectations. My consultants were very warm, friendly and easy to work with.  It would have been undoubtedly difficult for me to get into Carnegie Mellon without their help.”


“I am ultimately attending UCLA Anderson, with a scholarship!

My consultant was fantastic to work with. She was incredibly responsive, and challenged me to tighten my thoughts, dig deeper into who I was and why I wanted to do an MBA, and why each school was a fit for me. She was available by email, phone and Gmail Chat at all times and met all of my expectations of what an MBA admissions consultant should offer. I found the Stacy Blackman process to be very strong, even though ultimately I was not accepted at all  of my target schools (waitlisted at Berkeley and Kellogg).

Thanks very much for the experience and support, and I look forward to making the most of my MBA experience!”


“There was absolutely no way that I would be attending Tuck this fall without my SBC consultant.  As an active duty military service member, I was blind to the MBA application process and naive that my work, in my words, would speak for itself.  After several hard rejections, many without interviews, I learned about SBC.  My consultant gave me feedback that identified gaps in my application, managed my expectations throughout this process, and helped identify programs that fit my needs and goals.  With her near real-time, critical, honest (in my opinion, very hard to come by these days) responses, I submitted 2 waitlist letters and a full application in nearly one week’s time.  (Through this process), I am surprised by how much I grew as a professional and how the feedback not only prepared me for acceptances to Tuck and McCombs, but also for my career transition.”


“I just wanted to reallllly thank you for all your help! You were instrumental in getting me an admission into UCLA Anderson School of Business and I even got a fellowship of $30,000! Once again thank you soooo much and I hope we can stay in touch!”


“My consultant is a miracle worker!  While incredibly friendly, she’s tough on you and will not let you ease up at any point during the process–from the initial brainstorming to the essay writing to the interview preparation. I needed that, so I couldn’t have asked for a better match. She also breathed life into my essays given my traditional background and transformed even the mundane details into intriguing tidbits that tied my professional/personal qualities together. At the end of the day, I’ll be living my dream at HBS this fall because of her extremely meticulous and insightful consulting.”
New York, USA


“My consultant was a huge help throughout my application process.  I lacked direction at the onset and she helped me sift through my experiences to craft a cohesive story which I felt was an honest reflection of who I am.  Her enthusiastic personality and honest criticisms were indispensable throughout every stage.”
Washington, USA


“When I first started the application process, it seemed daunting and overwhelming.  With my consultant’s help she made the entire process from start to finish as smooth as possible.  She was a pleasure to work with, was always available when I needed her, and could always answer my questions.  I was very pleased with the way my essays and entire applications turned out, and I was accepted into my top school of choice.  I couldn’t have done it without her!”
Minnesota, USA


“It is difficult to express how happy I am right now. Columbia Business School was my reach school and although I had to apply twice, I was finally admitted yesterday!!! My candidacy was very average. After three attempts, my GMAT score was still on the very low end of the the mid eighty range for the school. In addition, I didn’t attend a prestigious undergraduate institution nor did I graduate with the best GPA. The coaching I received helped remove the focus from the aforementioned and helped me highlight all the great things about my professional experience and about myself as an individual. I was able to clearly articulate my career goals and aspirations and put together an application that I know made me stick out among the other top notch candidates. Although I know I deserve to join the class of 2013, I know that I couldn’t have done it without SBC’s help. I am forever grateful.”
Texas, USA


“My SBC consultant was exactly the weapon I needed to get into business school. Her insight, expertise and guidance helped me at every stage of the application process. From school selection to identifying my strengths and weaknesses to helping me clearly and concisely communicate my value proposition to adcom. I highly recommend SBC to anyone that wants a true, no-nonsense, professional MBA consultant with the background and the knowledge to give you a leg up in the fierce competition for b-school.”
North Carolina, USA


“My consultant has changed my life and I would not be heading to Wharton (or potentially UCLA or Kellogg) without her insightful comments, candid assessments and her willingness to go back to the drawing board after 10 versions of an essay set.”
South Africa


“Working with SBC for my b-school applications was an absolute pleasure. My consultant helped me right from application strategy down to essay planning & editing and even beyond. She raised my game to an altogether new level. What I loved best about her was that she was not prescriptive (like other consultants I have worked with in the past) but in fact extremely collaborative – she was a true partner. Throughout the painful process of writing & editing essays, she not only encouraged me but also motivated me to keep going when I ran into roadblocks along the way. I knew that she always believed in me – I think that I have found a friend in her.”
New York, USA


“As an older, international applicant from an engineering background, I knew the challenges I faced as an MBA applicant. After doing a lot of research and talking to three consulting companies, I decided to work with Stacy Blackman Consulting, and I could not be happier with my decision. After getting help from my initial company contact, I found my consultant, who was the perfect match. Her “cool” personality and professional attitude really calmed my nerves — especially after I found out I was pregnant. She pointed me in the right direction every step of the way.

Compared to younger applicants, I had many years of work experience and was struggling with what I should tell the Admission Committee.  Coming from a marketing background, my consultant is such a brilliant story teller. She worked out a solution for me and tailored my stories into sharp and compelling essays. She also helped me find strengths that I was unaware of before beginning the application process. In the beginning, I treated each single essay as its own; however, my consultant guided me to view each essay as one piece of puzzle that had a specific purpose. By working in this way, we produced a complete application package.

When I was admitted to UCLA, I couldn’t thank my consultant more. Without her help, I cannot imagine how I would have handled my full time job, pregnancy and stressful applications all at once. I highly recommend SBC to anyone who seeks professional help for MBA applications!”
California, USA


“Just wanted to drop a note about what a fabulous experience it was working with SBC during my successful application for Kellogg Executive MBA program. Getting into Kellogg is a dream come true for me and it simply wouldn’t have happened without my consultant’s support. I highly recommend them to anyone applying to Kellogg due to their intimate knowledge about the school, especially the Kellogg Executive MBA program. I was hesitant to engage an admissions consulting firm as I did not see many testimonials for Executive MBA programs. My consultants lay my doubts to rest as they were very familiar with what it takes to build a solid application for experienced managers like myself. My ideas of how to answer the ten or so Kellogg essays were very different from what they suggested. Their explanation on how to answer these essays from the ad-com point of view was eye-opening for me and worth the cost of engaging them. I am certain that if I had written the essay questions without their assistance, I would not have been able to make a strong case for my candidacy.
Not only did they work tirelessly to help me achieve my objective (my edited essays were always reviewed and returned with candid feedback within hours after sending them), they also drove me hard to self-reflect during the long discovery and essay-writing process. Although I did not like that upon my consultants’ insistence I had to discard and rewrite an entire 1,000 word essay (I thought it was pretty good!), I trusted their judgement. They expertly guided me to highlight my strengths (work-experience) and to address the weak areas (low-GPA) of my candidacy and at the end of the day, that made the difference.

Thank you for offering such a valuable service.  I look forward to a life changing experience at Kellogg.”
Illinois, USA


“Looking back a year when I began the b-school admission process, there was no way I could have predicted securing admission at the schools I applied to. Coming from a traditional pre-MBA background, I was pretty convinced of my inability to suitably distinguish my experiences in this extremely competitive applicant class. Not only did my consultant from Stacy Blackman invest the time to really synthesize my experience and my story, through honest feedback and many patient conversations, the consultant helped me discover aspects of my life that indeed did set me apart. Our conversations and interactions played out more like discussions I would have with a friend. This was very important as this open and accepting environment fostered by the consultant really helped me open-up and freely express my thoughts. The fact all my messages/e-mails/phone-calls were promptly responded to says a lot about commitment my consultant had to my application. This MBA story would have been incomplete without my consultant’s contributions, thank you again for everything.”
New York, USA


“Stacy Blackman Consulting was the key to my success in the admissions process.  As an individual with an average GPA, slightly below average professional experience, and slightly below average GMAT score, I was septical as to whether or not my dream of attending the Ross School of Business would be possible.  With the help of my consultants, I was able to capture the appropriate aspects of my education, work experience, and extracurricular activities to submit the best application package possible.  As a result, I was accepted to Ross within one week of my interview!  I could not be happier with the services provided and the great individuals working on behalf of SBC.”
California, USA


“SBC, without a doubt, was the x-factor I needed to be competitive in what was arguably the most competitive MBA application season in History.  I got into Chicago Booth, Columbia GSB, NYU Stern, and UVA Darden with a 2.9 undergraduate GPA. She went the extra mile for me on every single essay.  She did not limit any effort, regardless of what the actual contract said.  I applied while deployed in Iraq, but I felt like she was right by my side the whole time.  I will be forever be in her debt.  I am not, by any means, a blue chip applicant.  I still got into 4 of the best business schools in the country.  Her constant guidance was worth every penny, and I would recommend her to anyone who is serious about getting into a top business school.”
England


“I am very thankful to Stacy Blackman Consulting for guiding me through my MBA program application process.  My consultant’s suggestions on my essays were invaluable and I really appreciate everything he has done for me. My essays ended being very succinct and interesting after incorporating His feedback during the mock interview helped me identify my shortcomings before going to the interview and hone my interviewing skills.”
India


“While I initially thought my consultant would only be helpful during the application essay writing process, I found that she took a vested interest in my candidacy on a holistic level. After my essays were finished, my consultant remained genuinely supportive as I visited schools, interviewed, and even during my decision making process. To have someone with her knowledge in my corner during the application process was invaluable, and I am thoroughly convinced that her help is a big part of why I am currently a student at what was my top choice.”
New York, USA


“Today I got accepted into the MBA program at UCLA for 2013 batch. Thanks to both of you for your support and guidance during the admission process.
BTW …I had scored 650 on GMAT and wasn’t expecting the call. I guess that’s history now.”
Netherlands

“Indian…male…technology.  Those three characteristics put me into the same bucket with millions of others applying to various top business schools around the world.  Although I had a 700+ GMAT score, I had a sub 3.0 GPA that put me at a severe disadvantage relative to many other applicants.

My consultant worked with me to focus on the positives and construct an application that did not feature hackneyed essays that would bore the AdComm.  She helped me realize that achievements that I originally shrugged of as minor accomplishments were actually great brand builders that defined who I was and would appeal to the AdComm if marketed the correct way.  I have no doubt that her tireless efforts, expertise and experience are a major contributing factor to my acceptance into a top 15 MBA program!”
California, USA


“When I was researching various MBA admission consulting services, I had the chance to speak with several consultants.  I chose to get coached by my consultant at Stacy Blackman Consulting because she seemed genuinely enthusiastic to help me articulate my story.  I was right.  Time and time again she was able to give me invaluable feedback on my application.  Here’s the result she helped me achieve: I received interview invitations from every school I applied to and was accepted to my top choice school.  It would not have been possible without SBC’s assistance.  There’s no doubt about it.”
California, USA


My consultant has been extremely helpful in helping me gain admission to Kellogg. She knows how to turn your experiences into an uniquely outstanding application that will impress the AdCom. She is extremely responsive and provides well thought-out replies. I strongly recommend her to anyone looking to get into the top 5 b-schools.”
Illinois, USA


“I worked with SBC through the MBA application process in Fall 2009. My consultant was fantastic. She helped me identify the strengths of my application in both my professional and personal past experience. She offered thoughtful and thorough comments on my writing, and was enthusiastic and friendly through the entire process. I absolutely recommend her for anyone seeking expert advice on the application process to top MBA schools.”
Illinois, USA


“My SBC consultant changed my life and she could change yours if you let her. Working with her was an absolute dream.  Without her constant support, unwavering confidence in my applications, and enough red ink on my essays to stock a Target, I wouldn’t be going to Wharton this fall.  Her reviews of my essays were candid and insightful in helping me to hone my message for admissions committees.  Her turnaround time is probably quicker than you will want but she will keep you on your toes and ensure that you have the highest quality essays that will enable your application to stand out from the pack.   If you want to get into your dream school than work with SBC it is a decision you won’t regret!”
North Carolina, USA


“The Stacy Blackman service has been amazing, and it’s difficult to describe how it’s felt to have such an amazing resource at my disposal during this all important process.  In some ways the service is a contradiction – uber-professional, polished, efficient, and yet totally human, caring and accessible.   The support and encouragement that I received from several members of the team – and most importantly, my consultant, was invaluable.  I really felt like ‘they had my back.’  I trusted them completely, as they guided me with total confidence and expertise.    Working with my consultant was a total pleasure, at times, dare I say…fun?  At the end of the day, the proof is in the pudding – and I am off to HBS in the Fall.  I completely endorse this organization!”
California, USA


“There is no doubt in my mind – my consultant believed in me more than I did.  Did I ever really believe that I would end up at Wharton?  Not so sure I did.  In retrospect, I do not know that I would have ended up submitting my applications this year if I had not had my consultant behind me, pushing me and driving the process.  I had an excellent experience with Stacy Blackman Consulting and will refer you to anyone who wil listen.  THANK YOU!!!”
Texas, USA


“Of course, I am extremely happy to have been accepted to my # 1 choice (HBS).  At this point, I am also most grateful to my consultant who has been the best admissions coach I could have wished for!!!”
Germany


“Working with SBC was extremely helpful throughout my business school applications.  My consultant provided a unique perspective on the entire process, from selecting schools, to determining a time frame and the appropriate materials for my application. She was helpful in making sure I stayed on track, and she provided great advice and feedback on all aspects of my application. She provided extremely thoughtful comments and probing questions on my essays, which helped me refine and rewrite until I was completely satisfied with them. I believe she also gave me that extra leg-up with an inside perspective that I wouldn’t have gotten without working with Stacy Blackman Consulting. Finally, I really appreciated that everyone was so accommodating of my schedule and easy to work with. My consultant was available at most times throughout the day, responded expediently to my emails and phone calls, and was able to provide last minute advice when I needed it.”
New York, USA



“My consultant was everything I could ask for — genuinely interested in helping me get into the school of my dreams yet demanding in her guidance and feedback.  She helped me through every step of the process — pushing me to stay on schedule, rigorously reviewed all of my written materials, and coached me through the interview process.  I especially appreciated how well she could relate to me and help me craft my story for the admissions committee.  I was thrilled with the results and would highly recommend my SBC consultant to any student considering business school!”
California, USA


“I felt that I had the right material to gain acceptance, but needed someone to act as a sounding board for my ideas and thoughts.  It took a lot of hard work, perseverance and reflection, but I was much more confident in my presentation just knowing that I had a strong advocate in my corner who took great personal interest in my success.  Without SBC’s guidance and feedback I would not be a proud member of the Kellogg community.

My consultant’s key strength lies in really pushing his client to expand the depth of their essays.  Frequently playing a devil’s advocate role, he offered insight about career goals well as essay focus and themes.  Many of my essay ideas were superficial before he reviewed them.  After several drafts, my final product was a much more focused, specific and unique creation that would stand out among a sea of applicants.

While always professional, I always felt very much at ease.  I never felt that my consultant presented himself as superior or worldly because he was a graduate of a top MBA program while I was an aspiring one.  Furthermore, I always felt comfortable discussing any issue or question that I might have and never felt that he was trying to pigeonhole me into presenting myself as someone who I was not.”
Illinois, USA


“I had a great experience working with my SBC consultant preparing my b-school application and preparing for my interview.  She expressed a ton of enthusiasm and spent a lot phone time with me trying to understand my “story” in order to help me best present myself.  It was obvious to me, after spending so much time on the phone together and developing a friendship, that she was hopeful for and invested in my success beyond what is professionally required.  I found her enjoyable to work with and appreciated her insightful commentary and guidance through the process.”
Massachusetts, USA


My consultant did an outstanding job working with me on my four applications.  Since I needed to take the GMAT twice I was a little behind in the application process which had me fairly anxious.  My consultant kept me calm about the process and focused on each school and application.  She did a great job of determining which “stories” would be the best and most appropriate for each application and helped me mold one application into the next, while making sure they were still school-specific.  She provided thoughtful and much-appreciated criticism, consistently improving my essays.  I can honestly say my applications would not have been nearly as strong without her help.”
Texas, USA


“I found out today that I got into Columbia!!! I received the phone call earlier this morning. As you can imagine, I’m beyond excited to have been admitted to my #1 choice! Thanks for ALL of your support and guidance along the way. I definitely couldn’t have done this without you!”
North Carolina, USA


“You’re an absolute miracle worker! I honestly can’t believe it, but I was accepted into Columbia! I got the call last night while I was on my way to class, and it still hasn’t sunk in yet.

Honestly, I was a TOTAL long-shot to get into ANY program, let alone a top-notch program, and you made a tremendous effort to turn me into a viable candidate. There is no doubt in my mind that I would not have been accepted to any of the school’s I applied to if it hadn’t been for the guidance and contributions you have given me. Enlisting you to squeeze every last bit of potential out of my candidacy is easily the best decision I’ve made throughout this entire process, and the difference you have made is massive. Again, I simply would not be on the path I’m on without your help, and I owe you a tremendous debt of gratitude.”
Connecticut, USA


“My feedback in short-hand: my consultant is fantastic.  We’ve gone through probably 13 iterations on four different school’s essays and his comments have been incredibly useful. I would not have come even close to writing essays like the one’s we’ve put together so I am grateful.”


“I just wanted to covey how very satisfied I was with my consultant’s, and would love to share my positive feedback with whoever may be interested in it. They did an amazing job, particularly given the challenges my candidacy presented, and I’m absolutely certain that I would not have been accepted to Columbia University had I not had their invaluable support.”
New York, USA


“I could not have achieved the success without my consultant’s ceaseless willingness to perfect my application packages. With my GMAT score, I didn’t think a top school was possible, but I made it. Thank you again. “
California, USA


“Without your support and guidance, I really wouldn’t have been able to bring out my stories as effectively as I did. All the brainstorming we did together has formed the foundation of all my applications.
As you know, Kellogg notified me that I was accepted and I am thrilled beyond words to start B-school next year! The application process has been long and arduous, but I am really excited to have gotten into such a top-ranked program.”

California, USA


“I am ecstatic to inform you that I have been accepted to my first choice program – Duke! Just a few months ago, I was reading numerous testimonials from admitted MBA candidates on the Stacy Blackman website wondering if I would be lucky enough to be accepted to a top program. With a GMAT score of 640, I knew I had a slim chance and I had to win over admissions committees with my essays, recommendations and interviews. My consultant worked relentlessly with me to PERFECT my applications. I asked a lot questions and she was always available to answer my questions promptly and thoroughly. My consultant was incredibly meticulous, sincere, knowledgeable and diligent — She was my MBA bible. The MBA application process is quite overwhelming and much more complex than I had imagined. With her help, I was able to navigate the process with ease and confidence. She reviewed my essays with a fine toothed comb each and every time (and I had over 10 drafts) and she pushed me to dig deeper and further to pull my thoughts together. The SBC team knows what qualities and personal traits admissions committees are looking for in a candidate and this allows them to help you hone in on your best attributes and let you shine in your applications. This has been one of the most exhausting, and yet exhilarating and reflective journeys of my life and I am grateful for my success. Thank you again to my consultant and the rest of team!”
California, USA


“I’m writing you to express my appreciation and complete satisfaction with the work my consultant has carried out over the last few months.  Right from the start she has been highly professional, clearly very knowledgeable, enthusiastic, completely honest, and easy to work with.  In addition, her dedication to the work was incredible – I genuinely felt as if we were a team working to achieve a common goal.  The positive dynamic between us drastically exceeded my expectations.

I have been accepted (so far) to two top b-schools (Columbia and Chicago Booth) and there’s no chance I would have been as successful if it weren’t for her guidance and support.  Her ability to highlight my strengths whilst downplaying my weaknesses in a humble yet confident way in the essays, is superior to anything I have ever witnessed before.  I wholeheartedly recommend her and Stacy Blackman to anyone who is looking to getting into business school.”
Canada


“My consultant came very highly recommended by a friend who had worked with her previously (and achieved great results in doing so), and she more than lived up to her sterling reputation. We worked closely together from the moment I took the GMATs until the moment I got my offer of admission to Stanford, which was my top choice. All throughout the process, she proved herself to be a knowledgeable resource, an exceptional editor, and above all, a wonderful person.  She was incredibly responsive to all of my emails and my questions and didn’t hesitate to share her knowledge of other b-schools, as well.  She helped me fashion my candidacy into a thematically cohesive whole, and her enthusiasm, energy, and support kept me feeling optimistic and excited despite the challenges involved in the application process. I would work with her again anytime, and am looking forward to keeping in touch with her.”


“Just wanted to share the good news that I am all done and are two-and-a-half out of three – green lights on both HBS and INSEAD and waitlist at LBS.  My consultant has been wonderful and has my highest feedback in every way, both in the quality of her advice and edits and the process of working with her.”


“I was recently admitted to London Business School despite a low GPA and no international work experience.  I would have had no chance of admission if it weren’t for my admissions consultant, and the resources offered by Stacy Blackman.  My consultant was absolutely delightful to work with and extremely dedicated to my pursuit of MBA admission.  She invested considerable time at the outset of our relationship to get to know me and make thoughtful recommendations about school selection before we tackled my first application.  Rather than encouraging an excessive number of applications and telling me what schools want to hear, she helped me to figure out what exactly I wanted from an MBA program and what my most marketable attributes were.  She knew when to be brutally honest and when I needed encouragement.  The essay revision process was highly efficient and her feedback was of the highest quality.  I would recommend Stacy Blackman Consulting to anyone who is interested in attending a US or International MBA program.  Thanks again!”


“I would like thank you all for your efforts in helping me prepare my applications to the respective schools.  Today, I’m finally done applying to all schools and await being selected to be interviewed. Regardless of the outcome, I’d like to commend your services, my consultant’s resilience, and the invaluable third party feedback from the team.  As the British say ”“ Cheers! ;)”
Qatar


“My consultant is amazing and his help was invaluable. I am thrilled that I was able to get into Kellogg. Thanks for everything!”


“Reading the words “Congratulations, you have been accepted” on the screen of my computer made it all worthwhile. I cannot even begin to tell you how I felt six months ago, when I started the application process. I didn’t have a strong GPA, my GMAT was 50 points below the school average and every day I wondered whether I was going to be able to get in a top school or not. I decided to seek help from a professional, so I contacted Stacy Blackman. I was matched with my consultant, and she really made a difference for me. She identified parts of my background that I thought were not important and we worked on drafting particular “stories” about my life that would made me stand out among other applicants. Now I have been accepted to a top 15 program and my life is taking a turn for the best. I am so happy to have chosen SBC and have met my consultant. The path is long and arduous but I am now closer than ever to achieving my career goals. Thank you.”
Italy


“Got my interview for Stanford today.  I will have had interviews with Chicago, Wharton, HBS and Stanford thanks to my consultant.”
New Jersey, USA


“I just wanted to let you know that my consultant did an incredible job. Starting with the initial recommendation for schools and throughout the process she was honest, extremely supportive and was able to add significant value based on her deep experience in successfully advising students on strategizing  applications. I primarily focused on feedback on the essays, and my consultant not only delivered but exceeded my expectations. Family and friends complimented me on the marked improvement between the original and final drafts, and I completed the process feeling that I had a good chance at every school.”


“Without your help I would have not been able to create such a solid application. My consultant contributed invaluable ideas for my essays to bring out the best of my background and to present them in such a brilliant way. Her mock interview and her feedback helped me to improve my interview skills significantly and prepare for the interview to the best of my abilities. Therefore, I was very confident and performed well during my interview.

I would recommend SBC to any MBA applicant looking for a great consultant”
Singapore


“I wanted to thank you for all of your help during this entire process. I really appreciate your support and encouragement and I think it made a huge difference. Working with you has helped me become better at branding myself not just in my essays, but also at work and in my life in general. So I am really glad that I worked with you!”
San Francisco, USA

“I am so glad I decided to work with my SBC consultant.  I couldn’t have survived the whole process without her guidance.  Her experience in the admissions staff really helped me understand what the schools I was applying to were looking for.  Her experience in the corporate industry really helped me translate my personal work experience into the essays and resume.  I think the best quality is her attention to detail.  She helped me paint a clear picture of myself and got me thru the entire application process.  I can’t say thank you enough!”
New York, USA


“I worked with SBC during my application process to INSEAD, IMD and the 1 Year Kellogg MBA programs.  I would just like to give you feedback that it was an absolute pleasure working with you and hugely successful – I got into all 3 business schools! I have chosen INSEAD and start this September.

I was highly impressed by my consultants’ professionalism, wisdom and their appraoch. Even though I had a fairly high score of 690 and an emerging market background, their input and help on the application was invaluable. Highlights of my time working with them were 24 hour turn around times, right advice on how to handle the application process and interview process, and accessibility almost as soon as you need them.

I have recommended SB to 2 other potential applicants because of my positive experience and thank the Team for everything they have done so far!”
India


“I wanted to thank you again for all your help.  I received word yesterday that I have been accepted to the Wharton San Francisco program.   A large part of this fantastic surprise is due to your help with my essays and thus I am eternally grateful to you.  Last year I couldn’t get a school to even interview me.  This year I have been accepted to arguably the best school in the country.”
California, USA


“HBS…Well”¦ I GOT IN!!!   Thank you so much Stacy ”¦ my consultant was AWESOME!!!!”
Mexico


“Wharton & Lauder accepted me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   Thanks a lot for all your help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You really made a big difference!!!!!!”
Florida, USA


“Great news, I got my first acceptance today at Fuqua!!  It’s so nice to finally have an acceptance after the long wait!”
Israel


“Wanted to pass along some great news! I have been accepted to both Booth (MBA) and Kellogg (JDMBA)! Your help and consulting was a large contributing factor in my admission, so I can’t thank you enough. That was certainly a stressful process, but to have achieved a 50% acceptance rate is not too bad in my book. The big question now is deciding which program to choose!”
Illinois, USA


“I want to thank you for all your help in my MBA application journey.  I have been accepted at UNC and Duke.  And after considerable deliberation I have decide to attend Duke this fall.  Bottom line — I would not be here without your support.   Your guidance made the difference.”
Georgia, USA


“Just to let you know I got into Wharton and LBS!   Thanks for your help on this!”
Texas, USA

 


“I am pleased to announce that your efforts have paid rich dividends and your candidate has been accepted to the UCLA program.  I am very happy …. I don’t have words to thank you both and the efforts that you have put in from guiding me in my career, to the plan, to the story, to the essays, to the recommendation letters, to the dress to wear for the interview, to the interview brief up to everything ….I know I wouldn’t have made it without your efforts and guidance.”
California, USA


“I got into Rice!  I can’t thank you enough for guiding me through the most meaningful process in my life to date. It was an absolute pleasure to work with you. I learned so much about having a birds-eye-view perception of how I am conducting myself to others. I am a very strong and forthright individual who is very verbose, so it was really wonderful to have an editor to push me. You are truly great at what you do!  I’m sure your track record is superb!  I will definitely recommend your services to anyone I know applying to B-School, which once I get into recruiting, will probably be a lot.”
Minnesota, USA


“When I started looking around for prospective Application Advisory firms, it was important to me to find one that explicitly pointed out its deep experience with Executive MBA programs.  I felt (rightly or wrongly so) that the admissions committee of an Executive MBA program would be looking for something different in an applicant than full-time program looks for, and accordingly, that an Executive applicant’s story and application has to be tailored to those subtle (and not so subtle!) nuances.  As such, I wanted someone with experience in working through Executive applications.  After my initial phone consultation with my consultant, I knew he was the guy I was looking for to help navigate me through this process.

Looking back on the past few months, Stacy, I cannot imagine having gone through this process without the help of my consultants.  I’d be all over the place without them!  They were fantastic to work with, always responded to me in short order with valuable feedback, and consistently with conviction (yet humbly) stood up for what they thought was in the best interest of my application.  They always put the application’s best interests first with respect to what the Admissions Committee would likely be looking for — and that’s exactly what I wanted in a Consultant (versus someone who would agree with everything I said right off the bat).

I can look back on the whole process — however it turns out — knowing I wouldn’t have changed a thing, and that I was able to put my best foot forward to the admissions committee, all thanks to my consultants.  I trust they’ll continue to do amazing work for you, delighting their next set of clients who will, no doubt, be just as pleased as I was to have the privilege of working with them.”
Virginia, USA


Thank you Stacy Blackman Consulting and especially my consultant.  Anyone who is serious about applying to graduate business school should consider using Stacy Blackman Consulting.  The competition for business school admissions is extremely intense, and in my case, I wanted to do everything possible to ensure that my application was as good as it could be.   My consultant helped guide me in all aspects of the application so that I differentiated myself from the competition.  She helped me realize that the application was more than just answering questions and listing accomplishments/achievements.  The application was an opportunity to tell my story – my accomplishments, failures, background, values, etc.  It was an opportunity to show the Adcom why I was a unique individual and deserved a seat at their school.  It was no coincidence that I was accepted into Duke — the one application where I received guidance.

I received help on all all aspects of the application.  My consultant reviewed my data sheets, resume, etc. before submitting.  She also gave me a mock interview over the phone before my real interview.  Her turn around time was minimal for all aspects of the application (including reviewing essays).  This was extremely appreciated, especially since she sacrificed much of her time over the holidays.”
California, USA


“The best thing about Stacy Blackman consulting is that it is not just an essay editing service.  My consultant made me feel that she and Stacy Blackman Consulting really wanted me to succeed and really took the time to guide me through the process.  She kept me focused and organized from start to finish.

I could not be more pleased with my consultant, or my experience with Stacy Blackman Consulting.  I am happy to recommend Stacy Blackman Consulting to anyone with the highest of praise.”


“I was extremely happy with my experience working with Stacy Blackman Consulting.  My consultant did a great job of asking the questions that made it possible for me to articulate the traits and characteristics that distinguished me from other applicants.  Additionally, she was always responsive, answering my questions within 24 hours, and provided her thoughts on application related matters within a very short timeframe.  I was thrilled to be offered a full fellowship to my Top 10 business school choice.”


“Just wanted to say thank you for all your help in the application process. While it was a long journey, the hard work paid off. I got accepted to Booth. I just visited Chicago and the campus for the first time about a week ago and it was a great experience.  Thank you for helping me put my best foot forward and delivering a great application.  Stacy – thanks for advising me and pushing me to apply second round. The decision ended up being a wise one.”

 


 

“By the time I started preparing for the GMAT I was living in China with a very demanding job requiring me to work very long days and regularly 6 days a week. That not being enough I had a hard time with the GMAT. So when I started doing my research on the MBA application process I very soon realized that given my background I would need help from someone who understood the application process of a US MBA program. My plan was to apply in 1st round, but after discussing my situation with my consultant we decided to give the GRE a try and apply in the 2nd round. Looking back, this was a crucial decision! I scored very well on the quantitative part and this eliminated the problem of looking like having weak quantitative skills. By the time we started working on the first application I felt the essays would be the easier part. I never expected the essays to require such big efforts. I worked every morning before going to work one hour on the essays, sometimes after work and certainly every Saturday and Sunday. My consultant was there every step of the way. He helped me to find my own words and craft a message that I truly felt was my own. And the recommender packages we prepared together were very well received.

Today I know that without his help I would have never managed to get accepted by Wharton and Harvard. After so much work I have put into my applications it still feels surreal that I managed to get into two of the very best schools!”
China

 


“I wanted to let you know that I was admitted to Columbia!  Thank you again for the great work editing the essays and for the interview tips.”