Author Archive - stacyblackman

HBS Admissions Director Leopold to Step Down in May 2016

By - Oct 28, 09:30 AM   Comments [0]

Managing Director of MBA Admissions & Financial Aid Dee Leopold, the voice of Harvard Business School admissions for the past decade, announced today that she will be moving on in May 2016 at the end of this admissions season. In a brief post on her blog...

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4 Reasons to Write an Optional Business School Application Essay

By - Oct 27, 05:24 AM   Comments [0]

When brainstorming ideas for this essay, make sure to choose a subject that cannot be addressed elsewhere in your application packet. This post originally appeared on Stacy’s “Strictly Business” MBA Blog on When it comes to the optional essay question posed by most business schools, MBA...

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Keep MBA Message Board Comments in Perspective

By - Oct 26, 05:16 AM   Comments [0]

Is there anything more tempting to an MBA applicant than business school-related message boards? We understand the allure—in fact, many of our consultants cop to obsessively scouring those sites and threads when they were pulling together their own applications. But here’s something we all agree on...

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Stay in the Know with News Recommended by MBAs

By - Oct 23, 09:57 AM   Comments [0]

Once you’re in b-school, your time is at a premium and it can be a struggle to stay on top of everything that’s going on across the business world. I think the new website 10Thoughts, started by a Darden School of Business 2015 MBA grad,...

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Flexibility is Key for Women Pursuing MBAs

By - Oct 22, 10:11 AM   Comments [0]

Guest post by MBA@UNC’s Molly Greenberg There is a clear lack of female representation in senior leadership positions in the corporate world, and leading businesses are failing to rectify this imbalance even though gender diversity is good for business. While only five percent of Fortune 1000 companies...

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Harvard Crowned No. 1 in Bloomberg Businessweek 2015 MBA Ranking

By - Oct 21, 10:40 AM   Comments [0]

Bloomberg Businessweek has released its 2015 global rankings of best business schools, and Harvard Business School claims the number one spot among 74 full-time U.S. programs. Chicago Booth School of Business is number two, and Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management is number three. Bloomberg Businessweek‘s...

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MBA Essay Advice for IT Candidates

By - Oct 21, 06:10 AM   Comments [0]

We often field questions from clients working in Information Technology about how best to frame their work experiences within a 500-word MBA application essay, especially since the technologist often believes it necessary to provide meaningful context when describing the “What I did” aspect of the...

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Michigan Ross MBA Director on Best Time to Visit Schools

By - Oct 20, 06:14 AM   Comments [0]

Campus visits are an important part of deciding where you will apply, though as we mentioned yesterday, you won’t be at a disadvantage if circumstances—financial, distance, no vacation time—make it too difficult to visit prior to submitting your application. Soojin Kwon, director of MBA admissions at...

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B-School Campus Visits…Are They a Must?

By - Oct 19, 09:53 AM   Comments [0]

You might have experienced a moment of panic as you began to work on your MBA applications for Round 2. It may have occurred after you took note of the January deadlines. And it could have gone something like this: “Wait a second—I won’t have...

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Chicago Booth Tops The Economist MBA Rankings Again

By - Oct 16, 11:19 AM   Comments [0]

For the fifth time in six years, the Chicago Booth School of Business takes the top spot in The Economist’s annual ranking of the best business schools in the world. Despite Booth’s reputation for finance and “super quants”, The Economist finds it to be a well-rounded...

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