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Stacy Blackman

SBC has a unique and systematic process that provides clients with several layers of support, draws on extensive resources and ultimately, leaves no stone unturned in helping to craft winning application packages.

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Bill@StacyBlackman
December 23 | 2013
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     By Anonymous 35 15
The reviewer was admit to the schools that they applied to:

Yes - got into all

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Bill@StacyBlackman for all his advice and guidance he provided during the application process which was invaluable and instrumental to my Kellogg’s admission.

I intuitively felt the connection right after the free consultation. Bill was in fact the deciding factor for me to go with Stacy Blackman Consulting (SBC). Bill was honest with me. As mentioned by one of the previous applicants I couldn’t agree more -- “Bill was indeed a saint”. Bill not only was calm but also made me feel relaxed especially when I was getting ahead of myself.

Bill's approach towards the application process was methodical, thorough, prudent and he was extremely patient. Bill was very prompt responding to all my emails irrespective of the time, day or the week. Besides being prompt, his responses were very clear. The most important thing for me was he believed in me.Without any doubt Bill is invaluable asset SBC can have.

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February 18 | 2014
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     By Anonymous 4 0
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Yes - school of my dreams

I am an international applicant, an older candidate and a re-applicant. Though I had a decent academic profile and GMAT score, I was unable to secure admission in my initial attempts. I was desperate and had decided that this was going to be my last attempt at Full time programs.
I decided to look for a consultant, and decipher what it was I was doing wrong. After contacting a few firms, I liked SB for their prompt and detailed response. I also had a talk with Margaret, who was my primary consultant, and felt happy to work with her. She is encouraging and straight-forward. I also liked the fact that SB and Margaret have been working in this field for a number of years, so there was some history there. I had a clear idea of the schools that I wanted to apply to, in light of my interests and age and we started from there.
I had some basic ideas for the essays which we used, but our discussions really helped emphasize the human side of my stories. We also worked on my resume, and I think we went up to 8 or 9 drafts, before it got b-school ready. All of this was really helpful, because I was able to portray a complete picture of myself.
Working with her also ensured that I was completing everything way before the deadlines. This gave me sufficient time for school research and filling out the actual electronic application, things I had neglected previously. Overall, I was very happy with the quality of my applications, and was also quite prepared for my school visits and interviews.
Of the 4 schools I applied to, I got into 2, including my top choice. I will be joining an M7 program this year, and am very happy with the outcome.
Ultimately, a consultant cannot help you gain experience. You have to do it yourself, and depending upon your candidate profile, be realistic about where you should apply. But if you have done that properly, Margaret and SB can definitely ensure that your candidacy is highlighted in the best possible manner and make sure that all parts of your application package are perfectly developed so that your application is in the best shape it can be. My only regret, I should have worked with them earlier.

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     By USMA09 0 0

Coming from an Army background, I didn’t know too much about the MBA application process. I decided to invest with a consulting company, and after choosing SBC, I had an excellent experience with the Stacy Blackman team every step of the way. My first contact with the company, Esther, was welcoming and helpful and she quickly linked me together with a fantastic consultant, Shaifali. (The payment process was also very easy, quick, and flawless. Thank you Toni and Tina).
I had a great experience all around while working with Shaifali. She helped me to see what I needed to prioritize and she was very flexible and helpful in working with my personal availability (I had a busy training schedule overseas during the application timeframe). Shaifali had great insights into strengthening my resume and she patiently worked with me as I turned in version after version for her to review. She was always timely in returning feedback and consistently provided quality comments on my submissions. She also quickly fielded answers to my multiple and varied questions on resume writing and everything else I thought of in regards to MBA applications. When it came to essay writing, Shaifali provided tremendous insights and she clearly has an excellent command of grammar and writing structure. Through direct written feedback as well phone calls she mentored me to develop essay responses which were very “me” and were better than I ever would have developed on my own. (Bill also provided some great essay insights and this is what, in part, makes SBC so great. It is a team helping you and I felt they believed the same in helping me.) In the end, I was incredibly happy with my essays, application responses, and my resume. I was also incredibly happy with the results of being admitted to two MBA programs. Overall, it was a fantastic experience to work with Shaifali and SBC, I definitely recommend them to future MBA applicants. Simply great people and a great experience.

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Excellent
January 18 | 2017
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     By bwp 0 0

Stacy Blackman on a whole, and Erika in particular, provided tremendous service and help during my application process. I chose them after talking to a couple different firms because of the initial call I had with Erika (some similarities in backgrounds, understood my somewhat obscure / specialized finance job, comparable working styles) and the comprehensive nature of SBC's service.

Erika gave critical feedback on all aspects of my application, but was most felt on the essays. Her style of being highly encouraging, but also very direct on what needs work or how something is coming across was perfect for my personality and work habits. She was very timely with responses and draft feedback and made sure to keep me on schedule for the busy timeline we had laid out in the summer (multiple applications due in September). Overall, Erika definitely exceeded my expectations.

The Flight Test from SBC, where you submit entire application a few weeks before due date and get a fresh set of eyes on it, was very beneficial for me. Some of the feedback from that led to rather substantial changes in my essays / application to get more clarity around my story and experience.

I would strongly recommend Erika and Stacy Blackman. You will get very hands on, meaningful and helpful feedback on every step of the process.

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     By jbmmba 0 0

When I started the application process for B-School, I spoke with 4 different consulting services. Given the stressful and time consuming job I already had, I wanted some help crafting my applications so I could go through the process confidently and with less stress. Stacy Blackman (and Lindsay in particular) helped me achieve this with ease. From day 1, I felt comfortable working with Lindsay and actually excited for the process. She helped me hone in on the goals I wanted to achieve during and after the MBA experience and how to best present these ideas to admissions boards. And with the two school package, she actually helped me tailor the essays individually for each school I applied to. From the beginning I thought it would be a reach to get into Columbia but because of Lindsay's help, I found out in October that I will be a member of the class of 2019. I can't recommend Stacy Blackman consulting enough.

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     By Pagoulodon 0 0

The MBA application process is no joke, and being a strong candidate is just not enough. That's where Stacy Blackman Consulting comes in. The team was phenomenal in setting me up with the resources I needed to turn my raw material into the most compelling application possible.

My consultant (Erika) was a treasure. She was a pleasure to work with throughout the entire process- professional, honest, and funny. Her incredible experience with the admissions process helped me identify my strongest features and turn them into a tight narrative that was complemented by each piece of my application. In the end, the products I finished with were on a completely new and higher level than I would have even considered possible.

Looking forward to starting class at Harvard in the fall!

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After an introductory call with Esther at SBC, I was matched with Maureen based on her experience working with my target program. The matching process in itself felt very personalized, unlike other companies with which I spoke (and worked) where I was randomly assigned to a consultant.

Maureen began our conversation helping me to set very realistic expectations. She forced me to think through my story and challenged a lot of my assumptions about the admissions process. Maureen was both kind and firm – the sign of a great coach – and rather than micro-editing my essays, she asked pointed questions to drive me to dig deeper and expose more of my personality.

While no one likes to be told that their initial ideas need work, or that they need to work harder, her efforts and emphasis on pushing me helped me earn admission to my target program. Maureen was always quick to respond and answered many one-off questions throughout the process (she even calmed my nerves after I realized I had a typo in one of my essays after I submitted the application).

Overall, I found my interactions with SBC to be professional, personalized, and effective start to finish. Like I said, I worked with another consultant on a different application and, though admitted to that program as well, Maureen’s ability to help me carve out my story, rather than just edit essays, was critical to my admission. Thanks SBC!

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Bryan @ Stacy Blackman
January 18 | 2017
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     By mbastudent1001 0 0

Getting the calls from Wharton and Sloan were pretty incredible – in a single moment all of my hard work for the past several years finally felt like it resulted into something substantial. It was a really proud moment, and none of it would be possible without Bryan.

Bryan didn’t make me who I am. And he didn’t live my story. But he did listen to me and get to know me as a person, and helped me package my story in a way that was compelling to the admissions committee. He guided me to focus my story and brought out the right details when needed to make the application a holistic representation of my accomplishments and goals.

Bryan is extremely professional and goes out of his way to ensure his clients can meet their deadlines. He responds quickly, while also staying extremely thorough in his work. Bryan’s guidance helped me believe in my application and myself, and I can not be grateful enough. Thank you Bryan!

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Thank you SBC and Shaifali!
January 17 | 2017
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     By mba2k19 0 0

My time with Stacy Blackman Consulting, and specifically Shaifali, was hands down, the best academic support system I have ever received.

To begin with, the team at SBC took the time to dive incredibly deep into my personal background. It went far beyond reviewing my solid GPA and GMAT score and into understanding who I was as a person, what my vision for my career was, and how I could contribute to a business school. And that was just in the first two meetings.

Shaifali specifically was fantastic to work with. As a consultant myself, my schedule was always slammed, so Shaifali really went the extra mile to plan out milestones that would be reasonable given my workload. After speaking with her just a few times, she zoned in on my career passions and helped me bring out so much more of my personal experience than I thought possible in my essays. She was incredibly patient in my frequent need to edit and often "over-engineer" essays but also took the time to let me execute the real changes (word-smithing and otherwise) so I could take full ownership of the finished product.

By far the most useful part of my time with Shailfali and SBC was the interview preparation. I was incredibly shaky to start (given the magnitude of the task at hand) but Shaifali was incredibly calming and encouraging, helping me realize I was thoroughly qualified and prepared to present myself in the best light to my interviewer. I walked out of my interview with Stanford GSB proud - it was the best interview I had ever completed.

Thanks to SBC and Shaifali specifically for a wonderful experience and helping me reach this incredibly accomplishment. Cheers.

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January 17 | 2017
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     By rcking1106 0 0

When I initially started looking around for admissions consultancies, I began searching around gmatclub and Poets & Quants looking for the best company to use. Based on some high-level research on those sites, I came up with a list of consultancies (think Stacy Blackman, MBA Mission, Fortuna, Stratus, etc) that I wanted to have a “free consultation” with, specifically asking to speak with the consultant who I would be working with.

After speaking with 5 or 6 different consultants, I quickly eliminated 3 of them after I was told by each of them that I ought to lower my expectations and apply to schools that were lower in the rankings than where I was planning to apply. While I lacked the blue-chip names on my resume in terms of undergrad school and employers, I had a solid GMAT/GPA scores and knew that I had a unique, compelling story to tell. It was only during my call with Margaret Strother from Stacy Blackman Consulting where I not only felt encouraged about my chances at the likes of Booth/Kellogg/Sloan, but also felt inspired to shoot for the stars. Having only seen my resume and GMAT score, Margaret had a “right on, let’s do this – we can make this happen!” kind of attitude. After a 30-minute conversation with a consultant from each company, my gut told me that Stacy Blackman Consulting was my best bet.

So, I decided to trust my gut and went with Margaret from SBC. Looking back, that was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. There is no way that I could have gotten accepted to my dream school without Margaret’s help. Margaret helped me every single step of the way: from crafting my resume, finding what was unique about me in order to come up with my “story”, interview preparation, essay revisions (sometimes up to 7 rounds of revisions for a given essay), encouragement when fatigue started to set in, to the calming voice of reason whenever I entered crisis/panic mode.

Margaret has a very efficient, proven method that very obviously works for bother her and her clients. Her experience has allowed her to streamline the revision process to make the most of each party’s time and energy. She also has an uncanny ability to elicit ideas from you and take you down thought paths that you never would have explored without her help. Further, never once did I feel like I was one of many clients. I always felt as if I were her top priority. She was extremely patient through the entire 8-month timeframe during which I worked with her. Margaret took time to get to know me as a person.

I cannot stress how wonderful Margaret is and how satisfied I am as a client of hers. It was my pleasure working with Margaret and I recommend her as a consultant over and over again. While the upfront cost for an admissions consultant seems steep at first, Stacy Blackman Consulting and Margaret were well worth the money. Not only was Margaret alone worth the cost ten times over, but the additional resources (i.e. background info on schools, mock interview prep, sample essays/resumes, etc.) that SBC provides are also invaluable.

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