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INSEAD former Assistant Director, MBA Program
Melissa has been a coach with Fortuna Admissions since its inception. Previously, she worked at INSEAD in France as 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 on the MBA 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 in marketing and communications on behalf of global brands such as Sony, InBev, and Xerox. She also worked 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”. Melissa has an undergraduate business degree from Dalhousie University in Canada and she completed the Management Accelerated Program (MAP) at INSEAD.
Outside of work, Melissa loves performing in musical theatre productions (over 20 to-date), and dancing (she was a dance major in a performing arts high school). She is an avid runner and has been on an ultimate Frisbee team for several years. She regularly invests in personal development and participates in many workshops and seminars related to self-awareness, mindfulness, and meditation. She loves exploring new countries and cultures: she has traveled to 45 countries and conducted business in 34. She currently lives with her husband and two boys in her hometown, Toronto, Canada.
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I truly felt that Fortuna went above and beyond what was promised; they were generous with their time, their network, their advice, and their experience. I would consider them more than coaches, but friends, and recommend the Fortuna team 100%, wholeheartedly!
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
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