Stanford Graduate School of Business

Kate made it to Stanford GSB from a non-consulting/finance background

Stanford Graduate School of Business
Kate was part of a global malaria nonprofit. She wanted to go to a top business school, focusing on social entrepreneurship so she can build her own team.
She started working with 6 months before the Round 2 application deadline through our all-inclusive application support service.
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Applicant Persona

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Economics degree from a mid-tier university
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Manager on the Malaria Eradication Team


Kate had ruled out applying to Stanford GSB because of her non-finance and non-consulting based work experience. We worked with Kate to show her how to use her leadership experience running global operations and managing a team in the social sector in order to build a competitive application that would use her unique path to her advantage.

How Did Inspira Futures Help?

Clearly articulating Why MBA

Many of the applicants coming from nonfinance backgrounds often skip on emphasizing how MBA fits in their grand scheme of life. As we worked with Kate, we laid out all her work and personal experiences. We also sketched out her short term and long term career aspirations. We then crafted a story that would use the tools, network, learnings, and MBA experience to map her past experiences to future goals. The idea was to show clearly how an MBA fits rather than having it as one more item on Kate’s resume.

Making Stanford GSB as a center point of her long term plan

Even if you answer Why MBA question, the next big thing on AdCom’s mind is Why Us? Though an MBA is a degree offered by all business schools, each school prides itself with a unique angle to learnings. Not being able to convey the specifics for the school is a rookie mistake. In Kate’s case, she was working with someone on our team who was a former AdCom member for Stanford GSB. They helped her lay out how she plans to use various resources and connections at Stanford GSB in starting her future not-for-profit venture. May it be Stanford’s Project Redwood or the pro bono Alumni Consulting Team, we helped Kate identify exact opportunities and weave it seamlessly into her story.


Kate had applied to Stanford GSB, Harvard Business School, Wharton School, and MIT Sloan. She got admits from all. With GSB’s focus on entrepreneurship, she chose Stanford GSB.

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“I started my MBA applications with hardly any hope that I will get admits to top business schools. Voila! I got admits into all my picks. I have to thank you and the rest of Inspira Futures team. You not only took the time to learn about my personality and helped me to pick “perfect fit” schools for me but also talked me out of applying to schools that are not a good fit. I remember all those sessions where you heard my story patiently smartly crafted the plan for each school. Reflecting back last 5 months have been some of the best learning experience for me in terms of how to build a personal brand and craft compelling story with authenticity.”

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