Karen Hamou

Years of admissions experience


Credentials Highlight

Columbia MBA alum, former Deloitte Consulting recruiting lead

Karen, a Columbia Business School grad, brings deep consulting and retail industry knowledge and extensive international business experience to the Fortuna team.

After graduating from Columbia, Karen joined Deloitte Consulting’s Strategy and Operations practice where she worked on a range of retail projects. While at the firm, she served as Deloitte’s on-campus recruiting representative at CBS, guiding over 130 CBS students through their consulting recruiting process. She also participated in a firm initiative advising junior consultants as they applied to MBA programs.

Most recently, Karen became a retail entrepreneur, founding the ecommerce brand Matron Saint. Karen holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Columbia University, where she also minored in Economics and Spanish. Prior to business school she was a Retail Buyer at Abercrombie & Fitch and Casual Male Retail Group. Karen’s international business experience spans the US, Israel, India, Argentina, China and more. She speaks English, Spanish and Hebrew.

Q & A

Why are you passionate about coaching?

I love getting to know top talent on a deeper level, understanding who they are and helping them craft a clear, compelling, and impassioned story about their background and future goals. It’s not only challenging, but extremely rewarding, to build a unique, creative approach that will enable the client to stand out from the crowd of applicants.

What’s your favorite client success story?

I worked with a reapplicant with relatively low stats and on the older side of the age range. He truly dedicated himself to the admissions process, not only raising his GMAT and attaining a more senior position at work, but, perhaps most importantly, showing the admissions committee exactly who he is and why he is a fit for their program. He wrote detailed essays that dove deep into his personality traits and what drives him, and built strong relationships with school representatives and alumni. He was ultimately admitted to his dream school.

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