Meet the MBA Experts: Fortuna’s Rachel Erickson Hee
“Every MBA applicant I meet has something special to offer, and I love finding out what that is,” says Fortuna’s Rachel Erickson Hee, who was a Stanford GSB alumni interviewer for nearly two decades. “The more I probe, the more I find out reasons why that applicant would be a great addition to a business school class. It gives me a tremendous amount of pleasure to hear the candidates’ experiences and help shape them into a story that reflects them at their best.”
I turned the tables on Rachel as part of Fortuna’s Meet the MBA Experts series, where she spoke to her passion for helping candidates discover and articulate their uniqueness, what schools are seeking when they talk about leadership, and one thing she uses every day from her Stanford GSB experience.
Like Zach White (featured in my previous post), Rachel joined the Fortuna Admissions team this year. She brings considerable editing experience to her coaching role, having worked at a Barnesandnoble.com and the digital group at Reader’s Digest. Rachel also worked at BCG and the VC firm Bessemer Venture Partners, as well as in business development for an Internet start-up and a brand licensing firm. She’s a graduate of Yale University (Economics and Political Science) and was an Arjay Miller Scholar at Stanford GSB. In addition to these impressive credentials, Rachel was also a competitive ballroom dancer. “Yes, the costumes and makeup really are that outrageous,” she admits.
View my 7-minute interview with Rachel, or read Q&A highlights, below.
What’s your top piece of advice for admissions candidates?
The other advice I find myself sharing often, is to remember that the person reading your application or interviewing you doesn’t necessarily know your job and may not have any context with which to judge your performance. You need to make it clear why you have been outstanding at your job, and if you did something that was really hard, make sure they know it.
What’s your coaching superpower?
As a Stanford GSB grad, what’s something you took from business school that has really impacted your life?
Fortuna’s Meet the MBA Experts video series shines a spotlight on the perspectives, personalities, and unique expertise Fortuna Admissions coaches bring to their work with business school applicants. View more expert coach interviews, along with strategy sessions on an array of relevant topics, on Fortuna’s YouTube channel.
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