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mbaMission Consultant Spotlight: Kate Richardson

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.

mbaMission Consultant Spotlight: Kate Richardson - mbaMissionKate Richardson earned her MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and her BS in psychology from the University of Illinois. After completing her MBA, Kate worked for several years in management consulting at Axiom Consulting Partners, a boutique strategy execution firm. Her 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. She 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, she worked in human resources for Pepco Energy Services and KPMG. Kate’s passion for identifying and developing future business leaders is central 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.

Quick Facts:

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

Five things Kate wants her clients to know about her:

  1. I successfully switched careers post-MBA to strategy consulting.
  2. I am very organized and will push clients to stay on track.
  3. I love helping clients become more self-aware about their goals, values, strengths, and weaknesses.
  4. I am an experienced recruiter of MBA talent—resume reviewer, interviewer, and career adviser.
  5. I worked as a paid member of Chicago Booth’s admissions team, reviewing applications and interviewing candidates.

What clients are saying about Kate:

“I am 100% convinced that I would not have had the same successes in being admitted to top business schools if I hadn’t worked with Kate on every application. I’ve already recommended Kate to friends of mine going through the business school application process right now. Kate is such a gem for anyone applying to business school, and it was truly a pleasure to work with her.” —Yale SOM Admit (via GMAT Club)

“I’m extremely pleased with how the entire MBA application process went and how Kate helped me every step of the way, and I’m happy to recommend her MBA consultancy services to anyone who might be thinking of applying in the near future.” —UCLA Anderson Admit (via GMAT Club)

“I worked with Kate Richardson on an hourly consulting basis for my business school applications. I was initially apprehensive about utilizing an admissions consultant because I thought I knew the story I wanted to tell and had many friends who recently applied to top schools. That said, I am extremely glad that I decided to work with Kate and am sure that my application process was smoother and more successful with her help. The expertise, guidance and support she provided were invaluable throughout my application process; I now have Kate to thank for being accepted at Wharton and HBS!” —Harvard Business School, Wharton Admit (via GMAT Club)

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