Angela Guido
Senior Consultant

    
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Company: mbaMission
Packages: mbaMission MBA Application Boot Camp   mbaMission * School Packages   mbaMission Hourly Services   mbaMission Manhattan GMAT 9-Session Prep Course   mbaMission MBA Student Services   mbaMission Profile Preparation Coaching  
After earning her MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business—where she was a Siebel Scholar and a member of the Dean’s Student Admissions Committee—Angela Guido joined the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). There she completed consulting projects for finance, consumer goods, retail, nonprofit and healthcare clients, while also serving as the firm’s Women’s Initiative captain and recruiting manager for North America. In that role, she reviewed resumes, conducted case interview preparation sessions and led workshops for hundreds of students at top ten business schools to help them succeed in BCG’s competitive interview process. Also while at BCG, Angela participated in writing Treasure Hunt: Inside the Mind of the New Consumer, a bestselling book by Michael Silverstein. Before attending Chicago Booth, she worked for a time in Seoul, South Korea, coordinating writing and communications training programs at KPMG, teaching English as a second language and writing for multiple local publications. A trained screenwriter, hobbyist filmmaker and holder of a BA in philosophy from Yale University, Angela brings the principles of deep self-awareness and Hollywood storytelling to her client work.

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Angela Guido's Reviews
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     By cnr3938 0 0
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Consultant: Angela Guido

I worked with Angela Guido at mbaMission and was admitted to my top choice M7 school.

Finding the right consultant was not an easy process for me and I suffered through bad consultants and advice (wasting tons of precious time) before learning about mbaMission and Angela Guido.

The #1 thing I can advise you to do is to not work with a consultant unless you feel 100% about the following: 1) comfortable with your consultant 2) that he/she understands who you are and what story you need to tell 3) that he/she actually BELIEVES in you and makes you feel good (while still being logical/realistic) about yourself and your chances at your choice schools.

I spoke to a bunch of consultants in the beginning that did not tick those boxes and then I spoke to Angela and everything instantly got better - she ticked each and every box.

mbaMission has you fill out a document that details every single story, accomplishment, job, and experience that you can think of that might be interesting or feature in your application process in some way. I appreciated that they encouraged me to say as much as I could and in doing so, I felt that I was able to really show Angela who I am.

From our first brainstorming conversation, I knew that she had read through and considered my thoughts and words carefully. She records the initial in depth conversations so that you can listen to them after and not worry about missing any of her thoughts or advice. I listened to the first recording with my parents and after listening, my mother immediately smiled and said to me, "Wow, she really gets you."

Is applying to business school stressful? Yes, it is. But is is 100% better when you have someone knowledgeable that you trust and someone who believes in you and is firmly in your corner and available throughout the process. For me, that person was Angela. Instead of feeling forlorn and depressed every time I looked at an application or essay, speaking to Angela actually made me feel better/more sure about things and helped keep me confident in my chances and abilities.

No matter what, applying to bschool is work and you HAVE to put in the time and effort in your application and the GMAT if you want to succeed, but if I had to do it all over again, the only change I would make is signing up with Angela and mbaMission sooner.

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Not just a
February 21 | 2017
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     By sahoo9 0
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Consultant: Angela Guido

I have worked with Angela for close to a year, and will be attending MIT Sloan’s full time MBA program.

Angela is an exceptional storyteller, strategist and mentor. First, Angela was amazing in connecting my background and personal stories to my post b school dreams to create a compelling story. Through our interactive brainstorming sessions, we were able to craft a powerful story that served as a foundation to all my applications

Second, not only is Angela an amazing story teller, she is also a veteran in the MBA game. As you may know, there are a lot of false information online (and from your friends/colleagues) that can seriously misguide your application strategy. With Angela’s proven expertise, I was able to select the right programs that had the best fit with me, and strategically determine the application approach (e.g., App round decisions, timing, etc).

Third, Angela deeply cares about her clients. As you may know, b-school application is an intense, pressuring process – and it gets even worse if you have a job that requires you to work 80+ hours a week like me. Despite all the mornings, nights and weekends I put in I unfortunately faced rejections (and you will), and I seriously doubted myself. Getting through rejections was very difficult. However, Angela was there every step of the way, encouraging and mentoring me. I still remember when she told me that I am more than enough, and that everything will turn out just fine – and it did! She will be committed to the process as much as you are, as your cheerleader and friend.

I would highly recommend working with Angela to anybody applying to business schools. However, don’t forget - Angela alone will not save the world for you. The more you are committed and prepared, the more helpful you will find Angela. So do your homework, come prepared to maximize your learning from her!

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Rock star consultant!
February 19 | 2017
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     By fr0034 0
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Consultant: Angela Guido

I highly, highly recommend Angela! I completed three schools with Angela (Kellogg, Booth, and Wharton) and two on my own (Sloan and HBS) during the Round 1 cycle this year. I was admitted to Booth and Kellogg, and waitlisted/denied from the rest. I was incredibly pleased with these results, and I'm very excited to be heading to Booth in the fall.

Angela's guidance throughout the process was crucial. Angela helped me craft a compelling narrative that highlighted the strong and unique aspects of my background. And although I came from a heavily represented pool, Angela helped my personality shine through my essays and interviews.

Angela was incredibly forthright throughout the process. When the first draft of one of my Kellogg essays wasn't resonating, she advised me to pick another story entirely rather than to try to polish my draft. It was tough to swallow that I'd need to re-write the entire essay, but it was absolutely the right call in the end. She was honest when my ideas were flat, and incredibly enthusiastic when they were compelling!

I did a ton of research before selecting a consultant. I spoke to about a dozen MBA application consultants before picking mbaMission and Angela.

The core differentiators of MBA Mission were:
a. Full time staff - some companies hire their consultants on a part-time basis, so any time they spend with you is time against their full time jobs. MBA Mission hires only full-time consultants. Consulting is their job, and they know it well.
b. Scale and experience - mbaMission is one of the larger companies. They help thousands of applicants per year, so they know what's working and what's not.
c. Ability to pick a consultant - with many other companies, it's not clear which consultant you'll end up working with. 99% of your work is with the consultant - and there's a ton of variety in the caliber and experience of consultants - so I didn't want to leave the pairing to chance.

Anglea's core differentiators were:
a. Angela has been advising MBA applicants for years, and she offers both an amazing framework to present your stories and an abundance of real-world experience with the gritty details of applications.
b. She runs a separate career advising website and is incredibly entrepreneurial about the entire process - she is genuinely interested in helping candidates convey the most authentic version of themselves

In closing - pick Angela! I'd make the decision to go with her again in a heartbeat.

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Stop thinking and go for it!
February 12 | 2017
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     By bball912 0 0
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Consultant: Angela Guido

If you’re thinking twice about working with Angela, my advice is to stop thinking and go for it!

Because I was a “non-traditional” applicant who started a nonprofit, I didn’t have a network of friends, colleagues, or mentors who had been through the MBA application process and who I could lean on for essay brainstorming/editing, interview prep, and just general moral support throughout the ups and downs of the process.

At the same time, I knew that exact non-traditional background was what made me a potentially unique and compelling candidate for business school. So initially, I was hesitant about working with an admissions consultant because I didn’t want to lose/dilute that and was afraid to be boxed into a cookie-cutter applicant.

Last summer, when I was first exploring the idea of working with a consultant, I set up free consultations with three MBA admissions consulting firms, including mbaMission. My first two calls with the other firms (shall not to be named) were very disheartening. Without taking the time to listen or understand my background/story (they cut me off several times as I was speaking and made assumptions with very little basis), they essentially would not consider working with me because they thought I wasn’t a strong applicant due to the fact that I didn’t work at a big-name company (I started a nonprofit) and I was still in the process of taking the GMAT (and my practice scores were sub-par at the time.)

My conversation with Angela could not have been more different. She was energetic and optimistic but pragmatic and honest/frank––especially with my practice GMAT scores. But unlike the others, she took the time to ask questions and listen to my story. She didn’t write me off immediately and believed in my potential. (With her encouragement to push through and some one-on-one private GMAT tutoring with a test prep company, I eventually scored a 700+ right.)

With Angela/mbaMission, I ended up purchasing a 4-school package and applied to 3 other schools on my own during R1. I know 7 schools in R1 sounds crazy, but I had no idea what my chances were of getting into a top MBA program, so I didn’t want to put all my eggs in one basket. By the time I had worked on 4 schools with Angela, the applications for the other three schools were a total breeze.

I cannot say enough good things about working with Angela. She is an incredible storyteller, but best part was that every single word in my essays was my own work and my own thoughts. If you’re looking for someone to do the work for you, Angela is not the person. She is a partner and facilitator in the process. She will take as much time as you need to help brainstorm essays, develop essay skeletons, and give you specific feedback to make your essays more compelling/cohesive, but at the end of the day, the essays will be a product of your own work––work that you’ll really be proud of! By the time I got to the interview stage, I had spent so much time thinking, reflecting, and talking through my story with Angela that the interviews ended up being effortless. I knew my story inside out and why business school was the perfect next step for me, so I was able to convey that with authentic/genuine enthusiasm to my interviewers, which I think ended up shining through.

Of the 7 schools I applied to (all top 10-12), I ended up getting admitting to 5 programs with almost $280K in scholarships, including a full-tuition scholarship to a M7 school! It’s truly unbelievable to not only be on the other side of the application process, but also have the opportunity to choose between these programs. I cannot thank Angela enough for her unwavering enthusiasm and partnership throughout the process. My brother is thinking about business school and, when he’s ready, I’ll be giving him my strongest sisterly advice to work with Angela as well :)

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Too Many Asian Male Engineers?
February 07 | 2017
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     By tlzkrh 0 0
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Consultant: Angela Guido

My biggest concern when I was applying for business schools was to differentiate myself from other Asian male engineers. I wanted to highlight my strengths in a unique way and Angela helped me do just that. I was very impressed by her knowledge in the application process and her honesty (no sugarcoating) helped me open up to her early on. We spent a lot of time brainstorming in the beginning and I learned more about myself to formulate a compelling story to overcome my average GMAT score to get into my top school. We got to know each other very well and she could easily spot where my friends and sibling made edits on my essays (she's good). I originally started with three schools but ended up adding one more, since I liked the progress we made as a team.

I highly recommend Angela and it was a great pleasure working with her during this crazy time. I don't think I could have applied to top 7 schools (submitted them a week before respective deadlines) without her help and guidance in how to manage my time.

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Great experience with Angela
February 05 | 2017
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     By MBALady2017 0 0
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Consultant: Angela Guido

I hired Angela in July 2016 to assist me with round one applications. I did a 3-school package with Angela and ultimately was able to adapt the essays I worked on with her to apply to 5 total schools. I was accepted to one of the schools I did with Angela (a top 5 school) and offered a generous merit scholarship there (~75% tuition, for 2 years.) I was waitlisted at one of the other 3 schools and rejected at one. I was accepted to both of the two schools I applied to outside of the package (both top 15 schools) and received full ride merit scholarships and Forte Fellowships at both of those.

Working with Angela was very enjoyable. She is friendly and really helped me understand the process. She helped me decide which recommenders to approach and which schools to apply to.

Angela's insights on my resume were invaluable. My resume was 100% different and much, much better after her comments and suggestions.

She reviewed my essays carefully and we went through multiple rounds of revisions. She helped me identify which of my experiences would be most appropriate for the essays, and then tell them in the most compelling way. Angela has a really strong understanding of what each school is looking for and how to strategize accordingly.

I think the best thing about working with Angela is her upbeat personality that helps keep you sane throughout this crazy process.

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Best. Decision. Ever,
February 03 | 2017
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     By majorseventh 0
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Consultant: Angela Guido

About three years ago, I was on this exact page reading these reviews. Although it was blatantly obvious that Angela was amazing from all the reviews, I also noticed that many of these reviewers had very strong profiles and ended up at schools that I could only dream of attending. My background was by no means a clear stand out for a top business school: sub 3.0 GPA, average GMAT, non-traditional work experience, etc. I pretty much felt that I had little to no chance with my profile regardless if I used an MBA consultant or not. I always wanted to go to business school but where I was in my career, it only made sense to go if it was top ranked school, which seems to be the case for a number of people nowadays. Nonetheless, I decided the worst that could happen was receiving politely crafted rejection emails on random mornings and the slightly funny thought that a whole bunch of Adcom people would never be able to get back the time that they wasted going through my application. So, I scheduled the free 30-minute consultation with Angela.

Best. Decision. Ever.

Within 5 minutes into the consultation, Angela cut me off and bluntly condemned my negative mindset. In the next 25 minutes, Angela completely reshaped my story, highlighted unique aspects that I completely glossed over, edited my resume, gave me a list of schools that I would be a good fit for, and created a detailed roadmap for me. I remember sitting on the couch thinking “Did this lady just hand me a brand new and somewhat reasonable 5-year plan? Okay then, I guess I’m going to business school!” By the end of the consultation, I also concluded that: 1. People who write reviews on Gmatclub actually tell the truth (I’ve been skeptical). 2 Angela was exactly who I needed to work with.

Fast-forward to present: Now I get to finally write one of these testimonials as a reviewer who be attending one of those dream schools, with a sizable scholarship too! I cannot express my gratitude for everything Angela has done for me and as many others have already said – I definitely could not have achieved this without Angela.

I don’t want to get into too much detail because I really hate and suck at writing, but there are just a couple of things that I wanted to share.

My journey to business school was quite rough. It ranged over two and half years and I would be completely lying if I told you the journey wasn’t the most exhausting, draining, and sometimes discouraging experience that I have ever gone through. I took the GMAT five times, wrote over a hundred essay drafts, enrolled in numerous supplemental classes, and got laid off from a job somewhere in-between.

Angela was literally the only person that gave me the type of confidence that I needed to keep pushing forward. Just knowing that she had my back every step of the way motivated me so much. She made it clear that she wouldn’t let me submit an application that wasn’t my best work and she also made sure that she put in her best work for me as well. I can't even count how many emails, calls, and Skype sessions we’ve had, each of which Angela gave her full attention, humor and all.

Yes, Angela is a master at story crafting. Yes, Angela knows exactly what each school wants. Yes, Angela keeps it real. Yes, Angela connects with people. Yes, Angela… [insert skill]. But as I am writing this, I realized that the two most valuable things that Angela did for me wasn’t what I would have thought in the beginning. The first - Angela asked all the tough questions that nobody asked me, many of which were extremely personal. The second - She truly and genuinely valued my passions and always reminded me to never waver from them. Both of these things not only shaped my application obviously, but it also allowed me to think deeply and meticulously and to be honest with myself. I was able to dial in on what was important, move on from disappointments, and perceive challenges as opportunities. While I embark on my next journey, Angela will be right there with me as I continue to put all of those lessons I learned from her into practice.

Angela is so much more than an MBA consultant. She is a mentor, motivator, life coach, career coach, friend, and just an overall marvelous wonderful person. Never in a million years would I have thought a person who I found on this page years ago would had such a profound impact on me and my career. Thank you Angela!!

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     By fuquabound2019 0 5
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Consultant: Angela Guido

Angela truly is a ROCKSTAR.

Throughout the entirety of the stressful & arduous process that is B-School Applications, Angela was there as my support system with wise words and humor. If you want to work with someone who will actually make the b-school process FUN, look no further than Angela. Granted, she will have you work your tail off to squeeze every morsel of anecdote possible out of you, but it will be more than worth it in the end.

After filling out 20+ pages of her brainstorming document, Angela was immediately able to laser-in on the key storylines & themes that would be the best representation of who I really am and what drives me for my essays. Working with Angela took me on a journey through my past chock-full of self-discovery and self-realization around every turn. Her no BS, no fluff approach will help you find a true representation of who you are and what unique characteristics make you a great candidate. Angela can't change your stats, but she can help you make the rest of your application the best it can possibly be.

The X-Factor that makes Angela so awesome is how much fun she is to work with. Every call involved lots of laughter and each email was littered with lighthearted emojis. Throughout the process, it felt like I was not just working with a consultant but was working with a friend. She has an aura about her that immediately makes you comfortable talking to her and sharing all of your deepest, most meaningful stories with.

To summarize: if you want to put your best foot forward in the b-school application process AND have fun, work with Angela!
(p.s.- if she had edited this review, she would have cut it down >200% and still gotten the same points across, that's how good she is :) )

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A Champion for Future Leaders
January 25 | 2017
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Consultant: Angela Guido

I initially met Angela as a Junior in college through a free profile evaluation. I had recently taken the GMAT and was starting to think about how I would craft my story for my MBA applications. Angela provided candid advice based on her extensive coaching experience and also gave me a strong shot of encouragement to aim high in terms of the schools that I was targeting. I’m very glad that Angela was one of the first people I spoke to.

Over a year later, Angela and I crossed paths again when I joined Forte Foundation’s MBA Launch program. She facilitated a fantastic Webinar regarding approaches to essay writing that helped us to better structure and edit our stories in order to build competitive and authentic applications.

It’s been an absolute pleasure getting to know Angela better over the years and I’m excited for the value she will continue to create for many ambitious future leaders. I highly recommend working with her.

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     By ajr91 0
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Consultant: Angela Guido

I hired MBA Mission because I was a non-traditional applicant who wanted a lot of guidance throughout the process. I sought out Angela specifically because of her involvement with the Forte Foundation.

Angela is very straightforward, but is good humored and easy to work with. She provided valuable feedback and information about virtually every facet of the application, but I never felt like she was nudging me towards a certain school or writing my essays for me. Anyone can point out candidate weaknesses, but Angela had specific ideas about how to “plug the holes” that were all achievable in a constricted timeframe. I appreciated how promptly she responded to my emails and edited my essay drafts. Everything I sent her was returned to me within 48 hours.

The school package is pricey, but I felt like it was money well spent. After I paid, I never felt like Angela was trying to nickel and dime me. I never paid for extra services even though she probably could have charged me in a couple of cases.

Thanks Angela!

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