Michelle has over 5 years of MBA admissions consulting experience and specializes in helping MBA candidates unveil both their professional and interpersonal strengths, as well as in helping candidates identify and articulate their true passions in order to develop powerful, differentiated MBA applications.
Michelle earned her MBA at The Wharton School and has a degree in Fashion Marketing from Parsons The New School for Design. She also holds an Honors Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.
Professionally – in addition to admissions consulting – Michelle has over 12 years of combined work experience across Retail, Management Consulting, Financial Services, and Entrepreneurship. After starting her career at Lehman Brothers as a Sales Associate in the Global Prime Brokerage Group and then as a junior Chief Administrative Officer in the Commercial Real Estate Group, Michelle found her passion for retail when she transitioned into owning and running an NYC-based vintage clothing company.
In addition to launching a retail venture, Michelle’s retail experience includes leading both growth strategy and process improvement modules at The Boston Consulting Group for Fortune 500 retailers and consumer goods companies. She also served as a Director of Corporate Strategy at CVS Health where she drove promotional optimization and transformational retail innovation projects. Most recently, Michelle managed the $500M+ Facial Care portfolio at CVS Health.
Michelle is originally from Brooklyn, New York and enjoys traveling, philanthropy and Latin dancing. Her philanthropic efforts and entrepreneurial ventures have been recognized in The New York Times and in Time Magazine.
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Below are reflections from just one of Michelle’s recent clients:
Accepted to Wharton
I worked closely with Michelle on preparation of my Wharton application and interview. Michelle was very supportive throughout the process.
She helped me to structure my essays and to incorporate my true story into them. Her comments were always value adding and helped to take the essays to another level, challenging my answers and forcing to think deeper and reflect. She was not pushing though, leaving me enough space to make the story really personal.
She was always providing timely feedback and was going an extra mile to make sure I am on track. She was even sending me reminders if there was no answer from my side!
She also helped a lot refining my pitch for the Team Based Discussion and gave very useful advice regarding the approach to the discussion.
I strongly recommend Michelle to future MBA applicants.
Accepted to Kellogg (Northwestern)
The thought of applying to business school as a science major and a non-traditional/older candidate, with years of experience in Biotech and as a fashion model and entrepreneur in the creative industries was daunting. I had so many questions…..Would a school appreciate my background? How do I tell a compelling story from all these various industries and roles? Is business school right for me? Which business school is right for me?
I had several calls with several consultants, however, they were unable to capture the essence of my experiences in all these diverse industries, my future goals, and value system. After my initial call with Michelle, I knew she was the right consultant for me. As a consultant, she made me look at myself as an outsider, to really assess the variables that were important to me when it came to the school and its values, the culture, the professors, the network, the curriculum, the students, and the alumni. She had a well-rounded holistic approach to the process. As an ambitious leader in my organization, given the success I achieved professionally, she asked specific questions about my current and future goals and what was important in my personal life.
Michelle was honest about the work and dedication it would take to get into a top-tier globally recognized program, and was also supportive and held me accountable throughout the process. She challenged me to think deep and to reflect on why I wanted an MBA and the value of an MBA, not just professionally but also personally. We came up with a strategic plan for the impact I wanted to make and which school would best help me achieve my professional goals. She focused on my strengths as a candidate and gave recommendations on my areas of weakness.
Having her as a coach enabled me to see beyond the school I thought was the right fit for me and empowered me to think about why a school needed a candidate like myself. Michelle didn’t just focus on the single achievement of getting me accepted into a school, however, she also focused on the process and the journey it would take to succeed beyond graduation day. This process allowed me to see the schools that thought about me not just as a student but wanted to build a relationship with me as a future leader, candidate, student, and alumni of their academic institution. She was patient, thoughtful, responsive, insightful, dedicated, and considerate.