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: BA, Harvard University, MA Columbia University, Admissions Committee Columbia Business School
Kate served in the MBA Admissions Office at Columbia Business School for over five years. In her capacity as an Associate Director, Kate advised applicants daily and reviewed hundreds of applications per cycle. She was also an applicant interviewer, a liaison to other offices within the School, and a CBS representative at events around the world. Kate managed several recruiting and operational projects for the Admissions Committee.
After Columbia Business School, Kate transitioned into campus recruiting and training at Evercore, a leading independent advisory investment bank. Throughout her almost three years at Evercore, Kate managed analyst recruiting from top undergraduate institutions as well as assisted in the recruitment of post-MBA associates.
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, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, BS University of Virginia in Economics, with Distinction.
Seher has a strong client-service background, having spent much of her career as a Management Consultant with Deloitte Consulting in their Washington DC office. At Deloitte, Seher focused on Financial Services, Energy, and Telecom engagements. Her area of expertise was Strategy and Operations. During her time as a consultant, Seher worked extensively with clients to develop customer retention strategies, and optimize existing business processes. She also spent a significant amount of time connecting strategic and business imperatives with technology solutions. In addition, Seher co-authored Deloitte’s Point of View white paper on mobile content viability and Mobile Virtual Network Operators.
In addition to her work as an MBA adviser, Seher enjoys cooking as well as choreographing and dancing to Bollywood music. Ask Seher to explain how she married the same man three times in three different countries!
STATS: BS, Cornell, Fuqua Admissions Officer
Before becoming an MBA application advisor, Sherry spent four years working at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University as a Director of Admissions where she evaluated applications, sat on the admissions and merit scholarship committees and coached unsuccessful applicants on how best to improve their application so that they could reapply the following year. She also supervised Fuqua’s international admissions procedures and traveled extensively throughout the US, Asia, Europe, South America, the Middle East and India recruiting and interviewing prospective students.
Sherry’s other professional experiences include Human Resource Management, teaching, coaching and sales management.
Sherry’s strengths in teaching, evaluating and storytelling result in very effective and successful applications. Sherry’s long list of successful applications includes every top school.
Ask Sherry about the challenges she faced getting Oprah Winfrey’s dogs on her private plane to Hawaii, or talk with her about her decades long relationship mentoring through the Big Brothers/ Big Sisters program.
STATS: Associate Director MBA Admissions, Harvard Business School, MBA, Harvard Business School, BA International Relations & Economics, Brown University
Andrea served as the Associate Director of MBA Admissions Marketing at Harvard Business School (HBS) for over five years. In this role, she provided strategic direction for marketing and student yield-management activities and also served as a full member of the admissions committee.
In 2007, Andrea launched the new 2+2 Program at Harvard Business School – a program targeted at college junior applicants to Harvard Business School. Andrea has also served as a Career Coach for Harvard Business School for both current MBA students and alumni since 2009.
Prior to joining Harvard Business School admissions, Ms. Kimmel was a Consumer Marketing Manager at Best Buy Corporation for the home theater and family man marketing segments. Prior to attending business school, Ms. Kimmel worked in investment banking and equity research on Wall Street at Deutsche Bank and Lazard Freres respectively.
Ask Andrea about one of her HBS admissions trips to London when there was a fire in her hotel and she was paraded in her pajamas and slippers through the streets of London at 3am in the morning, almost missed her flight and returned to campus with a suitcase that smelled of smoke!
STATS: MBA, Harvard Business School, with concentrations in finance and marketing, BBA, Pace University, magna cum laude, scored in top 2% of program
Dawn has spent more than 10 years successfully advising clients in admission to top MBA programs.
Outside of her work in admissions consulting, Dawn has experience in financial services, management consulting, media and entrepreneurship. Previously, as a vice president at Warner Bros., she focused on mergers and acquisitions, business development, strategy, marketing, and new ventures. She has also worked in private equity for several global funds and as a management consultant in the entertainment group of Booz Allen Hamilton.
Dawn has assisted clients from a variety of backgrounds and industries attain their MBA dreams including: management consulting, finance, private equity, investment banking, entertainment, digital media, technology, engineering and entrepreneurship.
Be sure to ask Dawn to tell you about the time she was leading a $10 billion Mergers & Acquisition meeting and walked out with an offer for a movie. Or at least let her wow you with her incredible multiplication tables skills!