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Yale SOM former Deputy Director of Admissions
Kristen is a mission-driven leader passionate about enabling others to succeed. Her unique expertise is informed by a decade of sourcing, evaluating, admitting, coaching, placing and hiring MBA talent.
Kristen brings over 15 years of talent acquisition, talent management and talent development experience across numerous industries, including 7 years in leadership roles at the Yale School of Management. As SOM’s Deputy Director of Admissions, Kristen spearheaded the recruiting strategy and interview process and ran the school’s visitor center. Serving on the admissions committee, she reviewed thousands of applicants and admitted multiple classes into Yale’s full-time MBA program. Additionally, Kristen spent time as a Senior Associate Director of Career Development, preparing students for internship and full time careers while building relationships with employers. Kristen brings a wealth of human capital expertise and passion for aligning early career talent with impactful opportunities.
Kristen serves as a Director of Talent Management with The Hartford Financial Services Group, responsible for running the performance management, succession planning and career development processes for the enterprise. Prior to her time with The Hartford and Yale, Kristen was an MBA recruiter with Cambridge Associates.
Kristen graduated magna cum laude from Providence College with a B.A. in Psychology, and holds a M.Ed. in Human Resource Education from Boston University. Personally, Kristen enjoys adventures with her husband, two young children and puppy, and likes travel, reading, wine and being near the water.
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Admitted to Stanford GSB with full scholarship, MIT Sloan with $110,000 scholarship, and Wharton with $60,000 scholarship
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
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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