The MLT MBA Prep Program Experience
Our MBA Prep Fellows will attest that the more you put into the program, the more you will get out of it. You can expect to put in 10-30 hours of work each month, especially from April to June. In addition, Fellows attend three mandatory weekend sessions:
- Kick-Off Seminar – March
- Summer Seminar – June
- Pre-Application Seminar – July/August
Each seminar includes intensive skill-building workshops with insight into the admissions process and in-depth case studies delivered by MLT’s corporate and graduate business school partners, MLT coaches, and subject matter experts. Seminars are hosted on the campuses of MLT’s corporate and business school partners: recent seminars have been hosted at Stanford GSB, Harvard Business School, Duke Fuqua, Target and Vanguard. In addition to the seminars, you will benefit from:
- One-on-one coaching: Your experienced MLT Coach (many of whom are former MBA admissions officers) will guide you throughout the program and will help you develop your own roadmap to exceed “the bar” for admission into top schools. Your coach will also offer application advice and feedback on your resume and admissions essays.
- Personal clarity: You will gain insight into your passions and strengths and how they align with your ultimate career goals. You will be able to tell your story better in admissions interviews.
- GMAT guidance and support: You will work to increase your score by working out a GMAT plan of action with your coach and utilizing the study support from your cohort of MLT MBA Prep peers.
- A high-leverage professional network: Connect with a community of peers with similar goals and 5,000+ MLT Alumni, corporate partners, and other executives throughout the program.
- Access to admissions officers: Hear straight from the decision makers themselves at MLT’s MBA Prep seminars attended by Admissions Officers from MLT’s partner schools.
- A winning application: Learn what it takes to be a competitive and successful MBA applicant. MLT’s MBA Prep demystifies the MBA admissions process and gives you the winning formula.
Meet Your MLT MBA Prep Team
MBA Prep Team
Shartoyea Scott Dixon, Senior Director, MBA Programs and Business School Partnership Lead
Education: B.S., Electrical Engineering, Rutgers University MBA, Cornell University; Roy H. Park Fellow.
Experience: Shartoyea is a seasoned education professional having most recently worked as Campus President for the Beltsville Campus of Kaplan Higher Education Corporation where she helped to grow the student population and improve employee morale. Prior to Kaplan, Shartoyea worked both in K-12 education as the founding Business and Operations Director at Septima Clark Public Charter School as well as engineering sales for Lutron Electronics.
Christina Sanabria, Manager, MBA Programs
Education: B.A., Latin American Studies and Spanish Language, Brown University M.Ed. in Urban Education from the University of Pennsylvania.
Experience: Prior to joining MLT, Christina worked as a Coordinator and Analyst at the Legal Services Corporation, where she coordinated the $300 million General Legal Aid grants program, LSC’s largest. While at LSC, she implemented systems to increase efficiency, including leading the transition to a paperless grant application system, and increased capacity in data reporting, visualization and analysis, including through the use of GIS mapping. Before that, Christina taught fifth and sixth graders in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia through Teach for America.
MBA Prep Coaches
Wendy Weiss, MBA Prep Strategic Initiatives Lead and Senior Coach
Education: B.A., Sociology, Tulane University MBA, Marketing, The George Washington University
Experience: Wendy joined MLT as an MBA Prep Coach in 2008. She discovered her love for higher education when she became an undergraduate admissions officer, and she has worked in the higher education world for over twelve years. Prior to MLT, Wendy was Assistant Director of Admissions for Georgetown’s MBA program. Her travels and experiences as an admissions officer have given her great pleasure, but her passion is to have a real impact on those with whom she works.
Holly Jackson, MBA Prep Senior Coach
Education: B.A., English/Creative Writing, UCLA MBA, Marketing and General Management, Columbia Business School
Experience: In 2014, Holly rejoined MLT as a Senior Coach on the MBA Prep team. She began her career with Amnesty International USA’s development team. With a strong desire to link her professional endeavors to her personal passions, her career-to-date has focused on human rights, corporate diversity, and talent development. After earning her MBA, Holly served as a marketing consultant to Daimler-Chrysler, Godiva, and Timberland. Holly also served as an MLT MBA Prep Coach, an experience that fueled her passion for helping talented diverse candidates achieve their professional goals. Holly then joined The Wharton School as a career advisor to MBA students pursuing real estate, media/entertainment/sports, and hospitality. Most recently, Holly was a diversity recruiter for Goldman Sachs where she managed the firm’s MBA Fellowship, the Spelman Leadership Program, and the firm’s efforts to hire students with disabilities. In addition, Holly led the firm’s campus initiatives around veterans recruitment with the inaugural Veterans Career Event. A New Jersey native, Holly currently lives in Orange, NJ with her dog, Catfish. In her spare time, she likes to cook, refinish furniture and “treasure hunt” at estate sales and flea markets.
Kendra Crook, MBA Prep Senior Coach
Education: B.A., History and Psychology, Columbia College.
Experience: Kendra joined the MBA Prep team in 2007. She started her admissions career with Columbia Business School’s Executive MBA Program as the admissions manager, transitioning to the assistant director of Student Recruitment for Columbia University’s Biosphere 2 Center, an interdisciplinary study abroad program in environmental science.
Krista Giancarlo, MBA Prep Senior
Education: B.S., Hotel Administration, Cornell University. Graduate Certificate Program in Nonprofit Management, Northern Kentucky University.
Experience: Prior to becoming an MLT MBA Prep coach in 2008, Krista worked at the Yale School of Management, first in the Dean’s office and then for several years as an admissions officer. She was involved in recruiting women, non-traditional and early career students. She managed recruiting events for the department and served as the alumni liaison for admissions.
Shannon Demko, MBA Prep Senior Coach and Coaching Team Lead
Education: B.A., English, Georgetown University. M.S., Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania; with studies in Management and Marketing at Wharton.
Experience: Shannon joined MLT in 2013. Previously, she served as Director of Admissions at American University’s Kogod School of Business, and before that, as Associate Director of Admissions for the Goizueta Business School at Emory University. Her professional background also includes work in corporate programs for the American Council on Education and in undergraduate admissions at Georgetown. In addition, she has completed training in nutrition, health, and stress reduction and is a certified mindfulness meditation instructor and founder of MindfulMBA, all of which she uses to bring balance to the MBA application process.
Jon Fuller, MBA Prep Coach
Education: B.A., Biology, with concentration in Neurobiology and Behavior, Cornell University M.S., Instructional Technology, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.
Experience: Jon joined MLT in 2015, bringing more than 10 years experience in higher education. Prior to joining MLT, Jon was a Senior Admissions Consultant at Clear Admit, counseling numerous successful applicants to gain admission to the world’s leading business schools. Jon also served for four years as Senior Associate Director of Admissions at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, where he managed all aspects of recruiting and admissions for Ross’ full-time MBA program and read applications, selected candidates for interviews, validated all admissions decisions, managed the waitlist, and made scholarship award recommendations. Leading the program’s recruiting initiatives for underrepresented minorities, Jon was also the Ross admissions office’s point-of-contact for The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management and MLT candidates. Jon spent the early part of his career in consulting and interactive marketing, working with a mix of federal government and national security clients and for-profit companies. Jon serves as an MBA admissions industry expert in his own forum on Poets & Quants and has presented for Beat The GMAT’s “Write Like an Expert” webinar series. He has been featured in articles on Poets & Quants, Fortune, Crain’s Chicago Business, and BusinessBecause.
Kathy Welborn McLean, Part Time MBA Prep Coach
Education: B.S. Industrial Engineering, North Carolina A&T, Strategy and Entrepreneurship, Wharton
Experience: Kathy joined MLT as an MBA Prep Coach in 2010. Previously, Kathy worked in small business consulting as the Associate Director of the Wharton Small Business Development Center and as a management consultant with the Mitchell Madison Group. She has also held management positions in retail banking with First Union National Bank and M&T Bank. In 2005, Kathy launched Welborn McLean Group and continues to provide executive and personal coaching related services to individuals, organizations and small businesses.