Maren Savage

Expert Coach

Years of admissions experience


Credentials Highlight

Former Admissions Reader for Stanford GSB, UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, and Carnegie Mellon; Stanford GSB Alum

As a former member of the Stanford GSB and UC Berkeley Haas School of Business admissions teams, Maren has evaluated, interviewed, and consulted with thousands of applicants to highly selective programs, identifying the right fit for institutions and applicants alike. Maren draws upon her insight into what makes applicants stand out to help Fortuna clients present their best selves. 

Maren started her career as the owner of a firm providing full suite services to hedge fund managers, and later led a nationwide team overseeing $10bn+ in alternative investments as a Vice President in Risk Management at a large financial services company. With nearly 20 years of broad industry experience, Maren can advise clients of various backgrounds.

Maren earned her MBA from Stanford GSB and her BS in Human Development and Psychology from UC Davis. When she’s not supporting MBA applicants, you can find her engaging as a certified college counselor at a local high school, or out and about with her husband, two daughters, and their Bernedoodle. 

Q & A

Why are you passionate about coaching?

I derive so much joy from supporting others in pursuit of their dreams. As an evaluator of thousands of applications, it’s crushing to know that poor application execution can get in the way. Coaching for me couples my admissions and industry background with my passion for supporting the next generation of leaders.

What’s your top piece of advice for admissions candidates?

It’s imperative that you allow Admissions Committees to get to know the real you. This means illuminating for them not just what you’ve done, but how and why. Highlight for them your character and values- what makes you tick and what compels you in the relentless pursuit of your goals. Digging deep and reflecting on what inside drives your high impact could be your key differentiator.

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Interested in working with Maren?

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