The results are in, and Stacy Blackman Consulting (SBC) ranks #1 out of eleven firms in this investigative overview by John Byrne, founder of leading MBA news site Poets & Quants. SBC has the most former M7 MBA admissions officers, more than 99 years of collective expertise, and is the only firm with a complete panel of former MBA admissions officers from the M7 programs.
For the uninitiated, the M7 or “Magnificent 7” business schools are: Harvard Business School, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Wharton School, Columbia Business School, Chicago Booth School of Business, MIT Sloan School of Management, and Kellogg School of Management.
These seven US business schools are renowned for providing a high-quality graduate management education as well as access to stellar career opportunities.
SBC is also thrilled to celebrate its 20th year in the MBA admissions consulting business in 2021. “The caliber of our MBA consulting team is the reason why our firm has thrived for two decades,” says founder Stacy Blackman.
“Our clients consistently tell us that they have chosen us as their admissions partner because of our team quality and inside knowledge.”
A Labor of Love
As Senior SBC Consultant and former Booth AdCom Meg Stiphany shares in the P&Q profile, “We have a lot of firepower on the team as a whole. If there’s a question I have about a person who is applying to Harvard, I can put it out to the entire group and get three to five responses within half an hour and they are all coming from people who have worked in admissions at M7 schools.”
Stiphany also notes that the work is a labor of love. “Anyone who chooses to go into consulting not only brings the understanding of how it all works, they also have a bit of a servant’s heart,” she says.
“They want to give a high touch experience to their clients. This is in their heart. There is a passion for thinking through how this client will fit into the program. It is very personal. It is humbling,” says Stiphany.
“Not everyone should be a coach. It takes a special type of person. Stacy has figured out who the people are who have that heart and soul to bring that high touch ethos to life.”