Who We Are: The Full-Time mbaMission Team
Jessica Shklar (She/Her/Hers)
MBA Admissions Managing Director
HBS MBA and a Poets&Quants’ and GMATClub top consultant, with over a decade of experience in the industry and hundreds of five-star reviews, who believes everyone is interesting, everyone has a story, and it’s my job to help you find and tell it with confidence
How I Can Help You
My clients have told me that I get to know them better even than they know themselves because I dig deep, listen carefully, and try to make connections they might not have ever recognized themselves. I also leverage my Harvard College anthropology major in this role. I truly believe that every individual is fascinating and that everyone has a story to tell—it is my job to help them uncover it! I love working with clients who start out not believing in themselves and helping them view their story from a different perspective, so that they discover their strengths and confidence.
Why Choose Me
I am known in the industry (GMAT Club, Poets&Quants) as one of the highest-ranked MBA admissions consultants in the business, and my testimonials back that up. I have always loved the storytelling, self-reflective nature of applications, and personally, I was accepted to every school I ever applied to—namely, Harvard College and five business schools: Stanford Graduate School of Business, Northwestern Kellogg, UCLA Anderson, Yale School of Management, and Harvard Business School (HBS), from which I graduated with distinction (top 10%).
Before attending HBS, I worked in nonprofit education, first doing curriculum development for an adult education center and then in the admissions office of a small university in Los Angeles, where I advised applicants to both the undergraduate college and several graduate programs, including business school. While there, I developed and delivered workshops around the country on “Selecting the Right College” and “How to Write an Effective Application Essay.” After HBS, I volunteered in the New York City public school system, helping high school seniors with their college applications. I have also held positions at several Fortune 100 companies, including American Express and JPMorgan Chase, where I was the quality leader and a senior vice president for Chase Home Finance. In addition, I am a Six Sigma Master Black Belt, with specific expertise in Six Sigma deployment and initialization.