Studied at Stanford University
Worked at Menlo Coaching
Available Monday at 3:00 PM UTC
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Please Note: I'm currently full for all spring deadlines and won't be able to start working with any new clients until late April. Please include your resume and the deadlines you're aiming for with all intro call requests. Thanks, and looking forward to speaking with you!
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Andy's Group Classes
Deferred MBA Application Essays: Strategies for Success
Not scheduled yet
$60 per attendee
Best advice for applicants: “From over 20 years of working with applicants, training other coaches, and navigating client-satisfaction challenges at a top coaching firm, I can pinpoint the one area where all applicants need more help than they realize: storytelling. It starts with stepping through an intensive introspection process to identify your core differentiators and the optimal version of your story. Then, just as critically, it involves developing and executing your story in a way that resonates best with Admissions Committee readers. Nothing like this is taught in any MBA program, and it’s a completely different skill set from evaluating hundreds of applications as AdCom readers do. Every time I’ve worked with a re-applicant, or someone who was unhappy with their original coach and switched to me mid-process, the problem was always inadequate storytelling.” Background: Born and raised in New England, Andy studied economics at Stanford, where he took several second-year MBA courses at the Stanford GSB and served as a writing tutor for the university’s most rigorous and selective humanities track. After graduation, he worked at an e-commerce startup and was promoted to Program Manager for Online & End-User Marketing. Eager to focus more on storytelling and creative expression, he wrote his first screenplay and signed with a Hollywood literary agency. When Andy began coaching, he immediately enjoyed the combination of strategic marketing and audience-targeted storytelling. Since 2002, Andy has worked with three top-rated consulting firms. He co-designed the editing service for one firm, worked as a re-match consultant for clients unable to continue progressing with their original consultant, and served as the sole ‘essay doctor’ for the entire firm (100+ consultants) for clients concerned about the quality of their essays. He continues to mentor new consultants and teach workshops on essay development, while also supporting Stanford’s admission team as an alumni interviewer. Andy specializes in helping clients in crowded applicant pools dig deeper to identify their most compelling mix of differentiating, MBA-relevant strengths, and then optimally convey those strengths through superior storytelling. He has helped applicants gain admission to every top business school in the world, including Stanford, HBS, Wharton, Kellogg, Columbia, INSEAD, LBS, Haas, Sloan, Booth, Yale, Tuck, Duke, and Stern.
Why do I coach?
Most of us don't spend much time thinking about what makes us exceptional, and when we try, we're not very good at it because truly objective introspection is way too hard. For me, the most rewarding aspect of coaching is helping clients ask tougher questions, find better answers, and learn to better understand and articulate the unique value they have to offer.
July 2018 - July 2022
Stacy Blackman Consulting
July 2003 - April 2019
MBA Prep School
April 2012 - March 2014
1994 - 1998
Andy was also personally admitted to
University of Pennsylvania
Andy has helped 20 clients get into these schools: