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.
Kate Richardson earned her MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and has a BS in psychology from the University of Illinois. After earning her MBA, Kate worked for several years in management consulting at Axiom Consulting Partners, a boutique strategy execution firm. Kate’s work at Axiom focused on ensuring that clients had the right organization and talent in place to execute their business strategies. As a principal with the firm, she also co-managed its recruiting program, including hiring MBA interns, and mentored entry-level consultants. While at Chicago Booth, Kate was actively involved in the Business Solutions Group and the Dean’s Student Admissions Committee and was also an Admissions Fellow, reading applications and conducting on-campus interviews. Kate has remained involved in the Chicago Booth community since graduating by serving as communications chair for the Booth Alumni Club of DC and as an alumni admissions interviewer. Before attending business school, Kate worked in human resources for Pepco Energy Services and KPMG. Kate brings a passion for identifying and developing future business leaders to her work at mbaMission. Originally from the Chicago area and having spent most of her professional career in Washington, DC, Kate now lives in Columbia, South Carolina.
Received MBA from: University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business
Undergraduate field of study: Psychology
Fields worked in before mbaMission: Management Consulting, MBA Admissions, Recruiting, Human Resources, Professional Services (Big Four)
Working style: Dedicated, direct, efficient, practical, thorough, supportive
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois (now lives in Columbia, South Carolina)
Five things you want your clients to know about you:
1. Successfully switched careers post-MBA to Strategy Consulting
2. Very organized and will push clients to stay on track
3. Loves helping clients become more self-aware about their goals, values, strengths, and weaknesses
4. Experienced recruiter of MBA talent—resume reviewer, interviewer, and career adviser
5. Worked as a paid member of Booth’s admissions team, reviewing applications and interviewing candidates
What Past Clients are Saying
“I really enjoyed talking to Kate. She was extremely candid and gave honest feedback without trying to push for paid services (which most other consultants do – and it is a big dealbreaker.) She went well beyond the stipulated time (i goofed up with the timezone conversions:() MBAMission is doing a great job with its consultants, guides and workshops. In case I chose to hire the services of a consulting firm, MBAMission will be the go to place :) Cheers!” — B-School Applicant
“Kate was FANTASTIC. Honestly, she really put everything into perspective for me. She was both encouraging and realistic.” —B-School Applicant
“I enjoyed my conversation with Kate. I was a bit nervous, but she surpassed my expectations. Kate provided me with meaningful insight and clear information on mbaMission. I’m happy I got to speak with Kate!” —B-School Applicant
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