Melanie E.

Melanie E.


80+ Admits | Forbes Featured | Pro Coach | CBS Grad | Ex-McKinsey

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Studied at Columbia Business School

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Works at Espeland Enterprises

Available Monday at 5:00 PM UTC

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Melanie’s MBA Qualifications

Coaches professionally

90+ people coached for MBA

Open to working with clients outside the U.S.

Melanie has helped clients get into these schools:

80+ ADMITS | FORBES FEATURED | PRO COACH | CBS GRAD | EX-MCKINSEY Melanie has 9 YEARS of experience in MBA admissions consulting with PROVEN RESULTS in M7 programs, Top 20 Programs, and Executive MBAs. She pairs her ex-McKinsey consulting toolkit with her sharp communication skills and EQ as a professional ICF CERTIFIED EXECUTIVE COACH. This rich blend of skills allow Melanie to be an excellent admissions consultant with an eye for detail and heart for crafting her clients’ unique stories. Why Choose Melanie? • Coaching and Mentoring: With 9 years of experience in coaching and mentoring sophisticated individuals, Melanie has guided clients to success in top American and European MBA programs. Her track record with M7 schools, including HBS and GSB, speaks volumes about her expertise and dedication. • Executive Coaching Excellence: Through her business, Espeland Enterprises, Melanie has coached senior professionals from leading firms like Google, Morgan Stanley, and KKR. Her clients benefit from tailored strategies that enhance their leadership skills and executive presence. • Masterful Writing and Editing: Melanie’s extensive experience in ideating, writing, and editing professional documents ensures your essays, resumes, and LinkedIn profiles are polished and impactful. Her expertise covers tone, grammar, syntax, style, and responsiveness to essay questions, making your application shine. • Outstanding Communication: Known for her ability to connect with individuals from diverse backgrounds, Melanie quickly builds rapport and creates a comfortable environment for her clients. Whether your career path is traditional or non-traditional, she understands your unique journey and helps you present it compellingly. Who Does Melanie Work With? • Traditional and Non-Traditional Candidates • Diverse Applicants including POC, Veterans, and LGBTQIA+ • Candidates with High and Low Test Scores • Full-Time, Part-Time, Deferred, Columbia's J-Term, and EMBA (Executive MBA) Candidates Ready to transform your MBA aspirations into reality? Contact Melanie Espeland today and start crafting your success story. With her expert guidance, you’ll navigate the admissions process with confidence and achieve your MBA goals.

Melanie can help with:

Financial Aid & Scholarships


Secondary Review


Ding Analysis

School Selection

Application Strategy




Waitlist Strategy

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About Melanie

Melanie is an Executive Coach & Admissions Coach with 17 years of experience across strategy, operations, and coaching. A former McKinsey consultant, she is a member of the Forbes Council and has been featured on NBC, ABC, CBS, Business Insider, TEDx, and more. Melanie has worked with prominent corporate clients including Google, KKR, IBM, and Morgan Stanley; as well as individuals such as business leaders, influencers, and Olympic athletes. Today, Melanie manages Espeland Enterprises, her coaching firm. She offers expertise in MBA Admissions and Executive Coaching. Melanie holds an MBA from Columbia University and a BS from Cornell University. She currently lives in Los Angeles (while remaining a New Yorker at heart), and enjoys creative pursuits in her free time. You're welcome to learn more about Melanie by watching her videos: --Melanie's TV appearances: --Melanie's TED Talk:

Why do I coach?

Coaching and mentoring is my calling! I have been a natural mentor since childhood and am grateful to be a Coach as my career.

Work Experience

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Executive Coach

Espeland Enterprises

2015 - Present

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MBA Admissions Coach

Espeland Enterprises

2015 - Present

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McKinsey & Company

2016 - 2018


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Columbia Business School


2015 - 2017

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London Business School

MBA, Study Abroad

2016 - 2016

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Cornell University


2004 - 2007

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