Silpa Sarma

Senior Expert Coach

Years of admissions experience


Credentials Highlight

Former Stanford GSB Admissions Reader & Cornell Johnson MBA Alum

"Silpa was an amazing consultant for me. She helped me get into some top programs and was willing to go above and beyond in helping me. I really appreciated all her help and would definitely recommend her to others! "

As a former member of Stanford GSB’s admissions team, Silpa was responsible for evaluating and selecting a dynamic and diverse class of MBA students from thousands of applicants each year. Having assessed candidates across a multitude of industries, geographies, and career stages, she takes great satisfaction in leveraging her expertise to help applicants strengthen their candidacy and achieve their professional goals.

Silpa began her career in financial services at the Vanguard Group and subsequently worked in quantitative equity research at City National Rochdale. Upon completing her MBA, she served in various corporate finance roles within the technology industry, including treasury operations, internal audit, financial analysis, and strategic planning at firms such as Lam Research and Palo Alto Networks.

Silpa holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Cornell’s Johnson Graduate School of Management.

Silpa has coached applicants admitted to the MBA programs at GSB, HBS, Wharton, Sloan, Columbia, Kellogg, and Booth.

Q & A

Why are you passionate about coaching?

Few things are more rewarding than guiding people throughout one of the most significant, and potentially stressful, processes of their lives. I love helping applicants craft genuine and compelling narratives that highlight their unique journeys, impacts, and strengths.

What is your top piece of advice for admissions candidates?

Demonstrate authenticity! Highlight your unique background and experiences, and don’t be afraid to discuss setbacks you may have encountered and how they helped you learn and grow. You don’t need to fit a certain profile to be a compelling and desirable applicant.

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