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Inside an MBA Strategy Session


  By: Judith Silverman Hodara, Director, Fortuna Admissions Let’s talk strategy: Top MBA programs have just announced deadlines and essay requirements for the 2017/18 cycle. Poets & Quants’ John A. Byrne recently hosted three coaches from Fortuna’s team of former MBA admissions directors and insiders in a live strategy session, which focused on how to […]

VLOG: International MBA vs. US? One year vs. two? How to choose what’s right for you.


When it comes to applying for your MBA, there’s a lot more to consider than school reputation. What about international versus US schools? And how does a one-year program compare to two years? In this 8-minute vlog, Fortuna’s Judith Silverman Hodara speaks with expert coachCassandra Pittman, a Columbia MBA alumnus, former LBS admission officer and […]

MBA Fair Dos And Don’ts: Stories & Strategy from Former MBA Insiders


By Matt Symonds I was escorted out of my first-ever MBA fair for unruly behavior. It was at a GMAC event in Paris nearly 25 years ago, where organizers didn’t approve of us talking with on-site business schools about the fledgling franchise that we had started – Kaplan Test Prep. Regrouping on the sidewalk on […]

7-min. Spotlight: Early MBA Planning 2-3 Years Out & What to Do Now


If you are a few years out from applying for your MBA (or even just one), there’s a lot you can be doing right now to increase your chances of acceptance and build a profile that admissions officers can’t overlook. Fortuna Expert Coach Cassandra Pittman, Columbia Business School alumna, former INSEAD assistant director and LBS […]

How to Turn Your Typical MBA Profile into a Stand-out Application


Remarkable Consultant? Financial Wiz? Cutting edge techie? If you’re seeking an MBA, you’re not alone. BY: MATT SYMONDS You distinguished yourself as a professional wunderkind, rising to the senior ranks at your company in your early 20s. Clocked long hours at work to keep the boss happy and meet client deadlines. Pulled all-nighters in college amid competing […]

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