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.
Krista Nannery spent 18 years in the financial services industry at Morningstar, the investment data provider, mostly in Chicago and London, but also in Munich, Stockholm, São Paulo, and the Middle East. In addition to leading the development of Morningstar’s portfolio management and research products for international investors, she also spent time in human resources (HR), redesigning the company’s leadership development program and managing executive succession planning. Her HR experience led her to Accenture, where she helped companies make their HR processes more efficient. At Accenture, she was also responsible for candidate interviews for her practice.
Krista earned her MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, with concentrations in finance and marketing, and she holds a BA in English and German from the University of Notre Dame. At Chicago Booth, she was a member of the admissions committee and read hundreds of applications from prospective candidates. She also served as an admissions interviewer.
A keen writer and editor, Krista has held leadership roles at The Observer and Chicago Business newspapers. She has also had her work published in the New York Times, Saveur magazine, and other media outlets. In her spare time, Krista runs a popular Web site about traveling and dining out.
Received MBA from: University of Chicago Booth School of Business
Undergraduate field of study: English and German
Fields worked in before mbaMission: Financial services, human resources, consulting
Working style: Efficient, creative, fun
Hometown: Long Island, NY/Fort Lauderdale, FL
Five things Krista wants her clients to know about her:
- I read so many applications at Chicago Booth that when I took a few days off to work on a class project, the AdCom office called me, worried that I hadn’t been in in a few days. They had a bit of a backlog without me.
- I’ve reviewed thousands of resumes over the years, and I have interviewed and hired people at all levels all over the world.
- I diagram sentences in my head and love grammar and punctuation. I can seriously recite the prepositions by heart.
- I love getting to know my clients. I am so inspired by their goals and dreams!
- I aim to make the process enjoyable for my clients and reduce stress and anxiety.
What clients are saying about Krista:
“I truly believe that I would not have gotten into my dream school without Krista’s help. I have recommended Krista to countless potential MBA students and will continue to do so far into the future. Simply put, Krista Nannery is the best consultant I have ever had the pleasure working with and I will be eternally grateful for her help and guidance.” —B-School Admit (via GMAT Club)
“What really sets Krista apart is her personality and dedication. She has what I would best characterize as a bedside manner. The process can be stressful, but Krista will always make you feel better and get your head back in the game. For me this happened when we did our first mock interview, which I did extremely poorly. Krista handled it very well, and had some great suggestions for me. She made sure we scheduled another round before my first interview. Her advice made all the difference; I came back a different candidate, one totally prepared for my interview. Because of all this, Krista is not just my consultant, but now my friend; I feel very lucky to have met her. It is because of her that I was accepted to Booth and Wharton. I enthusiastically recommend Krista to future MBA applicants.” —Wharton Admit (via GMAT Club)
“I applied to five top programs, and Krista helped me throughout various stages of the process for each of the five schools on an hourly basis (brainstorming during the essay process, proofreading and providing suggestions for essays, mock interviews), and without Krista, I would not be where I am today—enrolling in Sloan in the fall with a scholarship for my first year!” —MIT Sloan Admit (via GMAT Club)
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