Private Equity VP Passionate About Mentorship
Studied at Harvard Business School
Worked at Interlock Equity
Not currently taking new clients
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Sandra's Private Equity Qualifications
Experience level: Vice President
10+ people coached for Private Equity
Compared to banking, private equity recruiting requires a bit more foreplaning and networking. The universe is broad and each private equity firm has a unique culture and investment thesis which will affect your day-to-day and the core of your role as an associate. Many questions are at hand... How should you think about recruiters and when? What should you be looking for in a fund? How will you differentiate? What is the model test? I'm here to help you answer all of these questions because I have been in your shoes! I have worked at both ends of the private equity spectrum - from a first time, lower middle market fund in LA to an established, upper middle market fund in Chicago. I will pull on both of these experiences to provide valuable insights to you. I am eager to work with candidates just beginning to evaluate the investment landscape all the way to those in interview prep. Let's get to work!
Sandra can help with:
Technical Interview Prep
Behavioral Interview Prep
Hi! I'm Sandra. I'm a Midwest native from St. Louis, MO currently living in Boston, MA while I pursue my MBA at Harvard Business School. Prior to school, I worked in private equity, venture capital and investment banking. I would not be where I am without the mentors in my life and I hope to be the same resource for you! Whether you are an undergraduate trying to break into investment banking or a pre-MBA associate applying to business school, I am here to help. On the former, I have interviewed countless banking and private equity candidates so can share all the tips from landing the interview (resume, cover letter, networking) to crushing a super day. I also recently went through the MBA application process and would love to help you bring your story to life for admissions committees. Quick tip: they want to see the human in you (your accomplishments speak for themselves)! Outside of work, school and mentorship, you can find me on a mountain (skiing, hiking or riding) or brainstorming countless, bad startup ideas based on the pain points in my life (why isn't there a laundry machine that can fold my clothes?!) I love a good documentary and just bought new golf clubs so will look to you for any recommendations in those areas :) Looking forward to working together!
Why do I coach?
My passion for coaching comes from a natural desire to help others, but also a deep understanding of its power to transform someone’s path. Pursuing a career in finance was entirely fortuitous. It was winter break of my junior year of college and my older brother, Steven, was back in town for the holidays. He met up with some friends, one of whom was working in investment banking in New York, and must have mentioned how lost I was - a Biology major with no desire to go into medicine - because his friend sent me a note the next day. “Shoot me your resume, we should talk.” I wasn’t a business school major, I didn’t have a resume, and even if I did, I had no clue what investment banking was. Scott was my first career mentor. He helped me craft my story (and resume), coached me on technicals, and explained the financial / M&A landscape over countless discussions. I landed the offer letter on the spot during my last Super Day interview. Fast-forward to today. I write this from my apartment in Cambridge as I wrap up my first year at Harvard Business School. I have worked in investment banking, private equity, and venture capital and I can confidently say I owe all of my career moves to the help and advice of many mentors I met along the way: Alysia, who suggested I take the GMAT my senior year for optionality; Colin who sent me models to practice before private equity recruiting; Rob, who challenged me to run meetings typically led by those above my tenure. The list goes on. Leland has given me the opportunity to share what I’ve learned with all of you and hopefully end up on your list! Whether or not you are a nontraditional candidate (like I was) or a keyed in business major set on investment banking, the stressors and doubts that plague a recruiting or admissions process impact you just the same. I will work with you to dispel these feelings via targeted preparation and tactical advice. Seeing you not only achieve but surpass your goals gives me so much joy and I can’t wait to work together!
Private Equity Vice President
2021 - 2022
Venture Capital Associate
2020 - 2021
Private Equity Associate
Pritzker Private Capital
2018 - 2020
Investment Banking Analyst
2016 - 2018
Harvard Business School
2022 - 2024
Washington University in St. Louis
2012 - 2016
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