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Emily L.

Emily L.


Trusted partner, creative storyteller, >7 years coaching clients to success

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Studied at Haas School of Business (Berkeley)

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Worked at BlackRock

Available tomorrow at 7:00 PM UTC

Usually responds within 1 hour

I am currently taking on a few more Round 2 full-time clients and part-time/executive clients for any round!

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Emily's Coaching Offerings

Custom hourly coaching · $285/hour

Get help with Essays, School Selection, and .

Emily's MBA Qualifications

Coaches professionally

60+ people coached for MBA

Open to working with clients outside the U.S.

I was VP of Admissions and VP of New Student Orientation while I was doing my MBA at Haas. I have been coaching MBA applicants professionally since 2016 and have had dozens of clients accepted at Wharton, Kellogg, Sloan, Columbia, Haas, Ross, Tuck, Fuqua, Stern, Darden, Johnson, Anderson, McCombs, Kenan-Flagler, Oxford, LBS, and more, all while making the daunting process fun and enjoyable (their words, not mine!) I also have specialized expertise in the part-time programs and have coached many applicants into the top 5, especially Haas EWMBA. I have had a great deal of success working with applicants who may have a hurdle to overcome in the application process, have had many different professional experiences that need to be stitched together in a cohesive narrative, and/or just don't know what makes them special compared to thousands of other well-qualified candidates -- much in line with my own experience going into the MBA admissions process. I am an extreme realist and aim to manage expectations for admission rather than saying "of course I can get you into XYZ school." My many years of experience and robust network within the MBA admissions coaching field give me a wealth of knowledge and resources to draw on in order to achieve the best results!

Emily can help with:


School Selection

Application Strategy





Waitlist Strategy

Secondary Review

Ding Analysis

About Emily

I'm a Princeton undergrad and Berkeley Haas MBA who is passionate about marketing, writing, and mentoring. I have long been involved with admissions, having served as a co-VP of admissions and new student orientation at Haas, a college admissions mentor for financially disadvantaged youth in San Francisco, and a long-time Princeton alumni interviewer. I discovered a talent and love for admissions consulting after graduating from Haas in 2015. My professional experience spans multiple industries and functions, which gives me a breadth of knowledge to draw on. I've spent the majority of my career in product marketing and product management roles at investment firms (BlackRock & Franklin Templeton), however I have also worked on a major political campaign, consulted to Silicon Valley tech startups, and worked in investor relations at a small-cap biotech company. As a pet project, I published an Amazon bestselling book in 2020. Unsurprisingly, I thrive on variety and enjoy working with applicants from numerous different backgrounds. I also happen to think that non-linear career paths are some of the most interesting, and I excel at helping non-traditional candidates connect the dots in their personal narratives. Above all, I absolutely love engaging with talented individuals and showing them how to present the best version of themselves to admissions committees through authentic and engaging storytelling. In my free time I enjoy hanging out with my husband (Columbia MBA) and two young kids and doing anything and everything outdoors, especially SKIING, cycling, hiking, and running. I currently live in Salt Lake City, though my heart will always be in Bozeman, MT where I grew up.

Why do I coach?

My grandfather was a German immigrant who only made it through the 6th grade before he had to drop out to help with the family farm. A mere two generations later, I have earned degrees from two of the top universities in the world and have a dynamic career, knowledge base, and personal network that would’ve been unfathomable to him. I believe that education continues to be the key to opportunity in our society, and the importance of gaining access to an environment where you can grow and thrive cannot be overstated. While I’d like to say I gained my extremely valuable acceptances all on my own, the truth is that a lot of the credit goes to my mother who immersed herself in the undergraduate admissions process (and MBA to a lesser extent) and coached me every along the way. I am forever grateful for her guidance, but realize that few applicants have this resource and/or want to collaborate so closely with a parent during the often stressful and emotional admissions process. I coach because I thrive on filling this crucial role in today’s increasingly competitive landscape. Marketing is my passion and I genuinely enjoy the challenge of working with clients to develop holistic and unique application strategies. I also geek out way too hard in helping to craft engaging and compelling essays (all with perfect grammar, naturally). And more than anything, I relish the experience of being a personal mentor, confidant, and cheerleader to some of the most interesting, inspiring, and passionate people out there. At the end of a client engagement I often feel like I gained just as much as the candidate, even though I am not the one soon to embark on the incredibly awesome experience that is business school. The relationships that I’ve built and the satisfaction of knowing that I played a small part in the success of many outstanding individuals make coaching one of the best jobs I have ever had.

Work Experience

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Vice President of Marketing

Franklin Templeton

August 2022 - Present

Global Program Manager for Disruptive Technology (digital assets, fintech, digital wealth)

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Stacy Blackman Consulting

June 2016 - Present

MBA admissions coaching

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Product Manager

Franklin Templeton

June 2016 - August 2022

Subject matter expert for the Templeton Global Macro investment team

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Product Marketing Manager Lead


August 2012 - June 2016

Product marketing and brand/advertising roles supporting iShares ETFs

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Marketing Manager


June 2011 - May 2012

Global marketing, communications, and investor relations at a small-cap biomedical company


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Haas School of Business (Berkeley)


2013 - 2015

Student Government: Co-VP of Admissions Committee (2014-2015), Co-VP of New Student Orientation (2013)

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Princeton University

AB, Ecology & Evolutionary BIology

2002 - 2006

Alumni Interviewer: 2007 - Present Undergraduate Activities: Varsity Swim Team, Outdoor Action (Freshmen Trip Leader), The Daily Princetonian (Staff Writer - Sports), Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Undergraduate Committee (Co-Chair), Cap & Gown Club Study Abroad: Goethe Institute (Munich, Germany) and Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (Panama)

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