Years of admissions experience
Former member of admissions teams at London Business School and INSEAD; Columbia MBA alum
"Most admission consultants considered me an “unfavorable” MBA candidate. But Cassandra helped me capitalize on the unique aspects of my story. Her feedback was exceptionally useful and practical. And she made my dream come true! "
Cassandra brings to the Fortuna team a unique breadth of knowledge and insight into the admissions processes at three top business schools: Columbia, INSEAD and London Business school. Cassandra is a former Assistant Director of MBA Programs at INSEAD and a former Admissions Officer at London Business School. She holds an MBA from Columbia Business School. Combining a career in admissions, coaching and business, Cassandra has extensive experience advising and selecting candidates.
After gaining her MBA from Columbia Business School Cassandra worked as a Senior Consultant with Capgemini Consulting (New York). In 2014, she co-founded C & C Creative (New York), a fashion and creative business consultancy. She is a Visiting Executive at London Business School, providing Career, Executive and Leadership Coaching to Executive MBA participants and alumni.
Q & A
What’s your top piece of advice for admissions candidates?
It’s not enough to be great. You have to be both great and different. That’s why storytelling is so important – illuminating the pieces of your biography that will help schools to understand what makes you unique. Approach the process as an opportunity to really think about what influences have shaped you, to articulate your goals and values, and to allow your self -reflection to come through in the application. The best narratives exhibit both self-awareness and authenticity – there’s no magic formula or “right” answer. Not only will your application be stronger for it, but you will most likely find that you will get more out of the MBA experience itself because of it.
What’s your coaching superpower?
Building your narrative. I delight in helping clients to discover, then articulate, the pieces of their identity and experience they might otherwise have overlooked. Each client is different, and each is extraordinary in his or her own way – even when they can’t see it themselves. My gift is to find the threads that make up their own unique story the voice that helps them tell it to the world.
Interested in working with Cassandra?
Although we cannot guarantee your preferred coach selection because of workload capacity, we will always do our best to match you up with the coach of your choice if you have a specific request. You may indicate your preference when you sign up for a free consultation.