On Tuesday, July 18 at 12 p.m. ET we held a FREE live Q&A session, where applicants had the chance to ask five Accepted MBA admissions consultants—all former admissions committee members—questions about the application process.
Esmeralda Cardenal is the former associate director of admissions at Yale SOM, director of MBA admissions at MSU Broad, and consultant at Cardiff Business School in the United Kingdom. Since 2014, Esme has guided Accepted clients to acceptance in various graduate programs including MBA and master's in finance, business analytics, data science, sustainability, and public policy.
Natalie Grinblatt Epstein is the former admissions dean/director at three top business schools and has guided hundreds of admitted MBA applicants. In the past year alone, she has helped clients gain admission to top programs including Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, MIT, Cornell, Columbia, Berkeley, and NYU. In addition to her work with Accepted, Natalie consults start-ups and not-for-profits on raising capital, marketing, operations, and strategy.
Kelly Wilson is the former executive director of admissions at Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School, and she served as assistant dean of admissions at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business and the University of Pittsburgh’s Katz School of Business. With 23 years of experience overseeing admissions committees, Kelly has reviewed more than 38,000 applications for MBA programs and master’s programs in management of information systems, computational finance, business analytics, and product management.
Dr. Christie St-John spent 25 years in higher ed and admissions, with ten years in admissions at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business. She also served as director of MBA recruiting and admissions, director of international relations, and an adjunct faculty member at Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management.
Michelle Stockman is a former staff member with the Columbia Business School admissions office, with firsthand insight into what makes an application shine and how decisions are made. Michelle has more than 15 years of experience coaching hundreds of MBA, EMBA, and grad school candidates to acceptances at all top U.S. and European programs, including those at Harvard, Stanford, and Wharton, with many receiving merit-based scholarships.