Fortuna Admissions is an elite team of former senior MBA Admissions staff and industry experts offering tailored advice and coaching to business school applicants.
We are dedicated to offering the best possible advice to candidates and to guiding you throughout the process whilst adhering to strict ethical principals.
From our many years of experience of advising business school candidates, we know that the choices facing MBA hopefuls are increasingly complex. Navigating an overwhelming amount of information about business schools is tricky, and finding out exactly what you need to know takes a great deal of time and energy. With our unparalleled collective expertise, we are able to coach you to develop a clear vision of your goals for business school and beyond. We work closely with you throughout the application process and provide expert guidance at every stage to maximize your chances of admission to a top school.
The directors’ circle
Caroline Diarte Edwards - INSEAD former Director of MBA Admissions
Caroline Diarte Edwards was Director of Admissions, Marketing and Financial Aid for the INSEAD MBA program from 2005 until 2012. She holds an MBA from INSEAD (2003), is a graduate of the University of Cambridge, and has previously worked as a management consultant for Andersen (UK, France) and as a Business Development Officer for the International Finance Corporation (Indonesia).
Caroline’s video interview about the MBA admissions process, criteria and guidelines as well things to avoid is among the most viewed videos on the INSEAD YouTube channel, and she has featured in many international media including the FT, Wall Street Journal, Business Week, CNN, Times of London, China Economic Review, Spiegel, and NYTimes for admission advice and insight on business school trends.
Matt Symonds - Author 'The MBA Admissions Edge' sponsored by Goldman Sachs and McKinsey
Matt Symonds is the Chief Editor of MBA50.com, and author of the international bestseller “Getting the MBA Admissions Edge”, sponsored by Goldman Sachs, McKinsey & Co., BCG and Bain & Co.
His MBA admissions workshops have been attended by over 80,000 business school hopefuls, as part of the World MBA Tour that he founded in 1995, and the Kaplan Test Prep franchise that he launched in Europe. He has an extensive business school network, regularly interviewing deans, faculty and admissions directors for the media, and his industry knowledge makes him a regular guest expert on TV, Radio, in the press, and at conferences.
He covers business education for BusinessWeek, The Economist, Forbes, CNBC, America Economia, Le Figaro, Handelsblatt, Times of India, 21CBH and many other global publications.
Judith Silverman Hodara - Wharton former acting Director of MBA Admissions
Judith served as a core member of admissions committees at the University of Pennsylvania for almost two decades, most recently as Acting Director at the Wharton School’s MBA Program. She was also an Associate Director in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
While at the Wharton School, Judith’s multi-region expertise in Asia, Europe and the Middle East helped her to shape the incoming Wharton classes from a competitive applicant pool of the world’s best and brightest.
Judith has also served as Director of Admission at the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania, and as the Director of Academic Affairs for the Rothberg School at Hebrew University. She holds an EdD from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education.
Emma Bond - London Business School former Senior Manager, MBA Admissions
Emma has a unique breadth of knowledge and insight into London Business School’s programs, recruiters and selection processes. She joined the London Business School MBA Marketing and Admissions team in 2001 with initial responsibility for recruiting from Africa, Asia and the Middle East; quickly promoted to management level, she became one of the core senior members of the London Business School Admissions Committee, responsible for full-time MBA selection.
Emma left London Business School in 2008 to become European Recruiting Manager for the Boston Consulting Group. Whilst there, she led recruitment of London Business School MBA students into BCG’s global offices, as well as recruiting the company’s associate level consultant intake from Oxford and Cambridge universities. She was also responsible for advising BCG associates applying to the London Business School MBA.
Lisa Bevill - IE Business School former Director of MBA Admissions
Lisa led the admissions team of the International MBA program at IE Business School, and later became Admissions Director of the entire full-time program portfolio of the business school. She played a dynamic role in recruiting a quality, diversified student population for the MBA and Masters programs, traveling extensively to recruit candidates across the globe.
Lisa has served on several international and management education committees. She left IE in early 2012 to lead the International Business Development Team at Psicosoft International, a boutique consulting firm specializing in training.
Lisa is a native of California, however has spent the last 10 years in Europe, working in both Germany and Spain. She is a fluent Spanish speaker.
She has her MBA from IE Business School and has a diploma in Leadership and Communication from Tuck School of Business.
Pete Johnson - UC Berkeley Haas former Executive Director of MBA Admissions
Pete was Executive Director of Admissions for the full-time MBA program at UC Berkeley Haas for over 10 years. He played a key role in the significant increase in application volume from both US and international candidates, and also championed the importance of diversity in the school’s intake. Widely respected by his peers, he brought a level of thoughtfulness and clarity to the business school application process, and was regularly interviewed in the media and by MBA websites to provide advice and interpret market trends.
Pete left UC Berkeley Haas in 2010 to become Vice President of Student Services at the Central European University in Budapest. He has an MA in International Relations.
The expert coaches
Michel Belden - Wharton former Associate Director of MBA Admissions
Michel has worked in MBA admissions since 2004. She spent two years as an Associate Director of admissions for Wharton’s full time MBA program, and has continued to contribute to the program since 2006, acting as an auxiliary reader helping to select multiple classes. Prior to Wharton, Michel spent six years running recruiting and professional development for Bain and Company’s Los Angeles office. She also managed VIP relations for the Seattle SuperSonics basketball franchise during their last two seasons in the Pacific Northwest. Michel has an undergraduate degree from Wharton in Marketing.
Malvina Miller Complainville - Harvard Business School former Assistant Director Careers Services
Malvina has an extensive background in recruitment and career development having worked in higher education as the Assistant Director Careers Services at Harvard Business School, and the corporate world with LVMH, L’Oreal USA.
At HBS Malvina worked in Career Services and led the Programs and Communication team, developing career development programs for HBS students. In this capacity Malvina also provided hundreds of hours of one-on-one career coaching to HBS students.
At L’Oreal USA, Malvina was head of Talent for the Luxury Products Division and in this role her responsibilities included full-time and intern MBA selection as well as designing and heading the Marketing Management Development Program for Luxury. Malvina’s role then expanded to lead the marketing campus recruitment initiative for L’Oreal USA.
Malvina graduated from Vassar College in psychology (1995), and holds a Master of Human Resources from Universite Paris V (1999).
Dina Glasofer - NYU Stern former Senior Associate Director of Admissions
Dina has experience in MBA admissions at NYU Stern in both the full time and executive MBA programs. In her most recent role at Stern, she was the Senior Associate Director of Admissions for the Executive MBA Program, responsible for interviewing and evaluating MBA candidates.
Dina also has an MBA from NYU Stern and she received her undergraduate degree from Duke University. Before working at Stern, Dina held brand management marketing roles at global consumer package goods companies such as the Gillette Company (now Procter and Gamble) and the Dannon Company.
Gopika Spaenle - INSEAD former Associate Director of Admissions
Gopika most recently served as Associate Director of Admissions and Marketing for the Degree Programs at INSEAD. Based in Singapore, she led recruiting and admissions activities for INSEAD for eight years in Asia Pacific and travelled extensively to meet with candidates in the region. She also oversaw all marketing communications efforts for the INSEAD MBA, EMBA, and Master of Finance program.
Prior to INSEAD, Gopika worked in global marketing and sales for Novartis in Switzerland and Australia, and for the Advisory Board Company in Washington, DC. She earned her MBA from IMD, master’s degree from Oxford University and BA from Amherst College. Originally from the US, Gopika has lived in seven countries and has a rich international experience.
Brittany Maschal - Wharton former Officer of MBA Admissions
Brittany was until recently an MBA Admissions Officer at The Wharton School. She has also held positions in admissions and student services at a number of other institutions of higher education, including the University of Pennsylvania at Penn Law, Princeton University (undergraduate), the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and the Johns Hopkins University – Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Additionally, she has been invited to serve on admissions committees with American Councils for International Education and serves as an alumni interviewer and admissions representative for the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania.
Brittany holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Vermont and University of Pennsylvania respectively, and completed her doctorate in higher education from the George Washington University in 2012.
Julie Ferguson - Chicago Booth former Senior Associate Director of Admissions
Julie spent five years at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business as the Senior Associate Director of Admissions. In this role she coordinated admissions and recruiting events across the country, interviewed applicants, advised the admissions committee, connected prospective students with current students and alumni, and managed the marketing communications for the program;. After moving to San Diego, she worked remotely for Chicago Booth as a Marketing Manager, coordinating projects for the EMBA program, as well as managing web analytics for the school.
Julie began her career in higher education with the Lauder Institute at The Wharton School. Born and raised in Brazil, to Scottish parents, Julie has travelled extensively across the world and is also a yoga teacher.
Melissa Jones - INSEAD former Assistant Director, MBA Program
Melissa spent three years at INSEAD as an Assistant Director for the MBA program. She met with thousands of potential applicants from around the world, and delivered over 100 live and virtual presentations advising candidates of the admissions process, including what makes a successful INSEAD candidate. In addition, she was on the scholarship committee reviewing candidate applications and selecting recipients.
Melissa previously worked on behalf of global brands such as Sony, InBev and Xerox, and for a prominent Canadian women’s organization, the Women’s Executive Network, where she was part of the selection committee for the ‘Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards’.
Kristi Ringen - Wharton former Director of Student Life for the MBA Program
Since 2008 Kristi has written, edited, reviewed and critiqued over 1,000 resumes and provided career consulting services for both individual clients and MBA students at top programs including the Wharton School and Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business.
Kristi served as the Director of Student Life for the MBA Program at Wharton. In this role, Kristi worked closely with the Career Management Team and on-campus recruiters to help students develop the skills needed to secure positions at top firms. She also reviewed hundreds of MBA Applications per year and travelled throughout the US and Europe as an admissions ambassador.
Before entering higher education administration, Kristi worked for Prudential Financial, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of NJ and Lehman Brothers, with a focus on executive development: recruiting top talent, providing leadership training and advising high potential employees applying for MBA Sponsorship.
Kristi holds an MBA in Strategic Management from Wharton and a BA in Economics and English from Duke University.
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Still can’t believe it, I got in at INSEAD! Fortuna’s advice was invaluable in helping me craft my application. With timely and thorough feedback, I was able to draw upon the right experiences that allowed me to put my best foot forward. I would highly recommend this experience to any prospective applicants.
S.V., Ottawa – Admitted to INSEAD
You have first-hand knowledge of the admissions process (and not in a secondary role as many others) and can leverage that experience.
You are also a fun team to work with. Working for months on your applications can be stressful so this makes a difference.
J.F., Philadelphia – Admitted to Stanford GSB
Working with Fortuna is like having Warren Buffett as your personal financial advisor.
D.B., London – Admitted to HBS
I have been admitted to Stanford! This would never have been possible without your help. Beyond helping me correct the structure of the essays you helped me push my thinking especially on the ‘what matters most to me’ question.
A.B., Paris - Admitted to Stanford GSB