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 business school 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.
After leaving a career in financial services, Heidi Granner headed to the University of Chicago Booth School of Business to earn her MBA. Among her other activities while studying at Chicago Booth, she worked as a member of the admissions team evaluating applications and interviewing candidates. After graduating, Heidi began a new career in management consulting with The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), where she worked with clients in consumer goods, financial services, and industrial goods while guiding BCG associates through the MBA admissions process in her free time. She was also heavily involved in recruiting, including interviewing more than 100 MBA students and leading a project to define BCG’s global recruiting strategy. She later joined The Wonderful Company as director of strategy, where she worked primarily on the Cuties California Clementines business, all the while redesigning and leading recruiting efforts for the BCG Consulting Group. Heidi found her passion in one-on-one coaching and has worked as a full-time MBA admissions coach for four years. In her free time, she volunteers weekly as a resume coach at Chrysalis, a nonprofit supporting low-income individuals in their job searches.
Received MBA from: University of Chicago Booth School of Business
Undergraduate field of study: Math and Theology
Fields worked in before mbaMission: Management Consulting, Financial Services and Consumer Goods
Working style: Personally invested in client’s success, organized, straight-shooting
Hometown: Kenai, Alaska
Five things you want your clients to know about you:
1. Four years experience working in MBA admissions consulting on a full-time basis
2. Worked as a paid member of Booth’s admissions team, reviewing applications and interviews candidates
3. Enjoys working with applicants to uncover their strengths and passions
4. Views part of her role as being both a coach and a cheerleader; for applicants, the process is stressful and it can be helpful to have someone on your team
5. Very organized and will help you prioritize and plan your MBA applications
What Past Clients are Saying:
“Heidi was incredibly valuable in my application process. While I was initially overwhelmed by the process, Heidi helped me craft my overall story, develop essay topics, and provide suggestions on how to improve my essays. This support was extremely helpful, as I ended up with the good fortune of being accepted to both HBS and Stanford.” — Stanford GSB Admit
“Thanks to Heidi, I not only was able to get into a top business school, but I also was able to get one of the most sought after internships (Goldman Sachs investment banking). I am proud to be able to say that I am now a fellow alum and look forward to having Heidi help more great candidates demonstrate their true potential in their applications.” — Chicago Booth Admit
“I wanted to take a moment to thank you for advising me during the application process for Chicago Booth. I structured my essays and refined my resume according to your recommendations … A few days ago I received a call from the director of admissions at Booth to let me know that my application did stand out and I was told that they had fun and enjoyed reading it. Finally, this week I have been offered a place in the University of Chicago Booth School of Business Executive MBA. … Also, thank you for being so candid and professional during this process. You did an incredible job and represented the school very well.” — Chicago Booth EMBA Admit
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