Hello smahr11, thanks for your question.
Your GMAT opens the door at any program, and you seem to have an interesting work experience.
Your GPA is a potential obstacle, as you know. You might try to explain the factors you mention in the optional essay (especially if it is a top, nationally recognized school). Better yet, do you have any other analogue that is a better representation of your academic ability and potential? Programs will want to know that you can handle the material. Your high GMAT serves as an indicator, but you could use another one to mitigate the 2.9.
I think your competitiveness will come down to the quality of your leadership experience in and out of work. Can you draw upon “moments” when you truly led: influenced individuals and organizations, drove results, took initiative?
I think Wharton, Booth, and Columbia could be reaches, but it will depend on your ability to mitigate your GPA and speak to your leadership experience. I’m not saying those programs are out of reach, per se, but just trying to give you a general indication.
Best of luck,
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