At mbaMission, our consultants are more than just graduates of the world’s top MBA programs—we are also expert communicators who possess an unparalleled knowledge of the admissions process. Each week, we highlight one member of our team who has committed his/her professional life to helping you get into business school.
Spending two years reading and evaluating MBA applications for the Stanford GSB inspired Katharine Lewis to coach business school applicants on her own for a time before joining mbaMission as a Senior Consultant. With 12 MBAs from six schools in her family, she passionately believes that business school provides essential leadership training for any career. After graduating summa cum laude from Yale, Katharine earned her JD and MBA (with distinction) from Harvard. She then joined McKinsey & Company, where she completed consulting projects for finance, forest products, retail and nonprofit clients, and designed and established two business-government advocacy groups: a roundtable partnership under David Rockefeller comprising the top New York–based CEOs, and a Washington, DC, coalition of AMEX-listed, midsize companies committed to pro-growth tax and regulatory policies. After reluctantly declining a teaching offer from HBS, Katharine practiced law with Morrison & Foerster before switching her focus to education and nonprofit consulting. She chaired finance at a highly successful start-up school, served on four school boards and completed projects for the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation and the San Francisco Foundation. Katharine also assisted Professor Kathleen M. Connell (the former California State Controller) in her finance class at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and contributed to Connell’s book Moving Up to Millions: The Life Calculator Guide to Wealth (Wiley, 2007).
Received MBA from: Harvard Business School
Undergraduate field of study: Medieval history, concentration in anti-Semitism.
Fields worked in before mbaMission: Consulted with McKinsey in San Francisco, New York and DC; practiced corporate law; helped start a successful K-8 school in San Francisco; worked as an independent consultant to numerous foundations.
Working style: Collegial
What Past Clients are Saying:
“I never would have been accepted to business school without mbaMission consultant Katharine’s support! I only applied to two schools (HBS and Stanford) in the third admissions round, and I was accepted by both!”
“I strongly recommend Katy Lewis at mbaMission. From big-picture brainstorming down to nitty gritty essay edits, Katy was always prompt and helpful in our interactions.”
“I worked with Katharine Lewis from mbaMission. She was absolutely FANTASTIC—she always made me feel like I’m her only client and had her undivided attention. She really took the time to understand my story and gave me very tailored feedback on how to improve my profile as an applicant.”