Former Harvard / UChicago School Captain @ JPM + Seasoned Tech Banker!
Studied at Harvard University
Works at JPMorgan
Available Tuesday at 10:30 PM UTC
Usually responds within 23 hours
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Karla's Coaching Offerings
Comprehensive Investment Banking Coaching Package
$1,9009h–12h of coaching
Nail Your Investment Banking Interviews: 5 Simulated Sessions with Feedback
$6003h–4h of coaching
Ace the Interview: IB Behavioral Prep
$3251h–2h of coaching
Custom hourly coaching · $249/hour
Get help with Technical Interview Prep, Networking Strategy, and .
Karla's Investment Banking Qualifications
Experience level: Associate
20+ people coached for Investment Banking
Open to working with clients outside the U.S.
Karla has helped clients get into these companies:
My involvement with the investment banking industry began in 2018 when I secured three coveted early investment banking offers from top investment banks (e.g., J.P. Morgan, Barclays) before even stepping foot on campus for my MBA. I also landed multiple fellowships, such as the J.P. Morgan Early Advantage Fellowship, that translate into six-figure bonuses in addition to standard signing bonuses. For the last 3 recruiting cycles, I've leveraged my know-how to help a variety of applicants land investment banking and fellowships offers. At J.P. Morgan, I cover the technology sector in the investment bank and have served as a Harvard and UChicago School Captain for campus recruiting. In the Captain role, I have been heavily involved with interviewing at the firm and have a strong understanding of what it takes to build a compelling profile to land a top investment banking offer. My experience as a coach at the boutique MBA consulting firm Ivy Advisors and SEO Career has further honed my skills in mentorship and coaching. I have helped hundreds of clients achieve their educational and professional goals. I am especially helpful to investment banking applicants who are looking to: ◉ perfect their "why investment banking" story ◉ refine their technical interview skills ◉ land a spot on a coveted technology coverage group ◉ recruit for West Coast opportunities ◉ transition from a different industry ◉ develop a pitch for why they find a company or deal interesting and what the value proposition is there ◉ leverage their unique BIPOC and/or international lived experience ◉ compete for fellowships that provide significant payouts for summer and full-time joiners - especially for women, BIPOC, veterans, and LGBTQIA+ candidates
Karla can help with:
Technical Interview Prep
Behavioral Interview Prep
Karla (she/ella) has 10 years of formal admissions and career coaching experience through top-rated admissions firm Ivy Advisors, the Harvard Kennedy School Admissions Office, and Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) Career program. Karla is a good fit for deferred, dual / concurrent degree, underrepresented / BIPOC, investment banking-focused, and traditional profile candidates (e.g., consulting, banking) looking to differentiate themselves in a crowded field. Karla has assisted all kinds of applicants in landing their desired programs or career professions at places such as Stanford GSB and Morgan Stanley. In her ten years of coaching, some big wins include helping an individual with a 3.2 GPA and 145 (Quant GRE) / 158 (Verbal GRE) secure admission to a top 5 MBA with 60% tuition scholarship and negotiating another candidate's M7 waitlist offer to admission with 100% tuition funding. Karla's successes are fueled by her formal admissions training at the Kennedy School and proofreading expertise. Outside of coaching, Karla is a finance professional focused on covering the technology sector. After completing a concurrent MBA/MPP at UChicago and Harvard, respectively, Karla joined J.P. Morgan’s Technology coverage group in the Investment Banking division in San Francisco, CA. Karla was personally accepted to 5 M7 MBA programs with over $1 million in scholarship offers and secured her investment banking offer before even starting graduate school through the J.P. Morgan Early Advantage Program ($90,000 scholarship). Karla is also an alumna of the following programs and fellowships: Forte Foundation MBA Fellowship, MLT MBA Prep, Toigo MBA Fellowship, LunaCap MBA Scholarship, SEO Career, AmeriCorps, Hispanic Scholarship Fund, and Upward Bound. For her contributions to underrepresented communities and promising career trajectory, Karla has been identified as a Rising Star through the Most Powerful Latinas Summit hosted by the Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA).
Why do I coach?
As an admissions and career coach, I am driven by a steadfast belief that individuals have the potential to achieve their goals with the right skills and guidance. My own background as an immigrant from a resource-constrained but determined family has given me perspective on the barriers that many people face in achieving their goals. Despite my humble beginnings, I was able to earn admission to five top MBA programs and the Harvard Kennedy School, receiving over $1 million in scholarship offers along the way. I am passionate about helping others overcome obstacles and achieve success without having to rely on luck to lead meaningful lives of consequence. My belief in the potential of every person has shaped my coaching journey in a number of ways. I have worked with clients like Sarah, an Australian with all the "right" credentials who was finding it difficult to make herself stand out in a crowded field. Leveraging her distinct training as a scientist, I was able to help Sarah craft a compelling narrative that set her apart from the scores of other business consultants applying to graduate school. Or Rozalyn, a first-generation student who worried that her rural Oregon farm background and lack of an Ivy League pedigree would hold her back. Working together, I was able to help her turn her unique background into an opportunity for differentiation. Through my personalized approach, I help clients capture the essence of what makes them unique, understanding that test scores and GPA alone are not enough to get into top programs. Just like metrics alone aren’t enough to gain admission, I understand that this also applies to the management consulting and banking recruiting processes. I have worked with clients like James, who had an impressive investor relations background but was told time and time again that he wasn’t the “right” fit for investment banking. James and I were able to reshape his resume and narrative to make a compelling argument for why he would make a great addition to a technology coverage investment banking group. This helped James break into a field that had previously seemed out of reach. In addition to my coaching experience, I have also worked closely with the HKS admissions committee to expand opportunities for prospective applicants to interact with the school. This included developing new programs and initiatives to help students from diverse backgrounds learn about the school and its programs and better position themselves for success. My belief in the potential of every person has allowed me to guide my clients toward success. By helping them to see the value in their experiences and backgrounds, I have been able to help them differentiate themselves and achieve their goals. This belief has been a driving force in my coaching journey and continues to inspire me to help others reach their full potential.
Investment Banking Associate
June 2021 - Present
• Former UChicago and Harvard school Captain for on-campus investment banking recruiting • Participate in interviewing and onboarding new Analyst and Associate classes
MBA Admissions Coach
June 2019 - Present
• Top-rated coach specializing in deferred, dual degree, underrepresented, and traditional profile (e.g., consulting) candidates • 7 admissions rounds helping candidates with end-to-end application strategy
Career & Leadership Coach
Sponsors for Educational Opportunity
August 2013 - Present
• Coach hundreds of BIPOC applicants through consulting, investment banking, and MBA admissions processes
Racial Equity Analysis Research Assistant
Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative
November 2020 - June 2021
• Conducted racial equity audit to provide 30+ recommendations to foster equity and inclusion
May 2020 - May 2021
• Harvard master's thesis for LinkedIn client, *High Pass*: “Closing the Network Gap for Black Women and Latinas”
May 2015 - August 2018
Karla was also given offers to work at
Master in Public Policy, Government
2019 - 2021
Admissions Committee Experience
• Collaborated extensively with the head of the Admissions Office on revamping the AdCom process • Hosted a 3-part admissions series attended by over 500 applicants: 1) The Classroom Experience in a Tri-Sector (private, public, and nonprofit) Environment 2) Navigating HKS as an Underrepresented Minority 3) Latinxs and Public Policy • Founded the Essay Buddy Review Program, pairing 100 current students with prospective applicants and *doubling* the number of Black and Latinx admits after 10 yrs. of stagnation
2018 - 2021
• Concentrations in Finance and Accounting • Selected Honors: J.P. Morgan Early Advantage Fellow ($90,000 scholarship), Forte Foundation MBA Fellowship, MLT MBA Prep, Toigo MBA Fellowship, LunaCap MBA Scholarship • Selected Involvement: Graduate Business Council Representative, Hispanic American Business Students Association (HABSA) Co-Chair and Admissions Liaison, Investment Banking Group Member
Karla was also personally admitted to
Tuck School of Business
Darden School of Business (UVA)
Yale School of Management
Duke's Fuqua School of Business
Karla has helped 17 clients get into these schools:
Karla has helped clients get into these companies: