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, Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business (GSB), BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California (USC).
During her time at Stanford, Keauna was an ambassador for the GSB MBA Admissions Ambassador Program as well as a writer for the Stanford Reporter. Keauna has had a diverse career including working in Education, conducting market research in Hong Kong for Cathay Pacific Airways and working as an Electrical Engineer for Northrop Grumman. She also pursued her passion in music, which led to a position as the lead Digital Marketing Analyst at Interscope Records.
Keauna has served as a mentor and coach for the UCLA Anderson School of Management Riordan Fellows Program as well as a Board Member for the Riordan Programs Alumni Association (RPAA). She also co-founded the Riordan Fellows MBA Coaching Program, which launched in 2013.
Ask Keauna to tell you what it was like to fly alongside an F-16 fighter jet when she was an engineer at Northrop Grumman. She can also share foodie takes with you as she loves trying food from other cultures!
STATS: 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!
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: 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, The Tuck School at Dartmouth College, BS Finance & Accounting Fairfield University, Admissions Committee The Tuck School
From 1990 to 2001, Maureen worked for several large media and Internet companies. She has a strong general management background and held positions in sales, marketing, finance and human resources while working her way up to a senior management level. All positions required excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills and the ability to embrace new challenges and deliver results.
Maureen has parlayed all of these skills into great success as an admissions consultant with SBC. She is known as our “miracle worker” at SBC – she has an exceptional success rate with all types of clients – non-traditional backgrounds, low GMATs, low GPAs and more. Maureen has successfully worked with clients on every top school.
Ask Maureen what it’s like to live in a household of soccer fanatics. Perhaps you can test her English Premier League Soccer trivia knowledge!
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.