MBA Admission Consultants

Our MBA admission consultants have admissions committee experience at the top MBA programs in the country, and have read countless applications.


They advise applicants on interviews, resumes, helpful extracurricular activities and overall admissions applications. 

Joanna Zisis

Former Admissions Director

   University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Former Manager of Campus Admissions

   Lake Forest Graduate School Of Business


11 years in University of Chicago Booth School of Business Admissions

5 years in Lake Forest Graduate School of Management Admissions

20,000+ Applications Read and Evaluated


Joanna Zisis brings over 15 years of experience evaluating MBA candidates. She spent 11 years at The University Of Chicago Both School of Business as a key member of the admissions committee evaluating and interviewing MBA candidates, as well as holding several roles in enrollment management, alumni engagement, global outreach, communications and marketing. She has travelled the globe representing the MBA program, meeting with prospective students, and leading the marketing team within admissions. Joanna managed admissions at the Chicago campus of Lake Forest Graduate School of Management for five years recruiting, interviewing and evaluating candidates.


Joanna's experience in higher education also includes her positions as student advisor, program coordinator, and ESL instructor at Scuola Lorenzo DeMedici, an international university in Florence, Italy. She has also served as an account executive for marketing agencies in New York and Chicago. Currently, she is the Director of Marketing & Communications for an independent school. Originally from Ohio, Joanna received her bachelor's degree in journalism from Ohio University and her MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management.



Sarah J. Goebel (Sally)

Former Senior Associate Director of Admissions

   Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania

Former Director of On-Campus Recruitment Programs

   University of Pennsylvania

5 Years in Wharton MBA Admissions
3 Years in Penn Undergraduate Admissions
10,000+ Applications Read and Evaluated

Sally’s professional experience combines nearly a decade of Ivy League admissions work with more than 20 years advising students and parents in prestigious college preparatory schools regarding admissions and financial aid. Sally’s Ivy League experience spans Penn undergraduate and Wharton MBA admissions, and includes reading and evaluating many thousands of applications, executing final decision authority, training teams of auxiliary application readers, and conducting sessions to advise applicants.

Sally’s expertise regarding strategic positioning and compelling personal messaging helps applicants convey their achievements, talents and aspirations to yield optimal presentation and delivery. Sally holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. Sally has had a 30 year career in admissions, including more than 20 years as admissions director,

Carol Jillson

Former Assistant Director of Admissions

   Stanford University

Former Acting Executive Director

   UC Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA Program

5,000+ Applications Read and Evaluated

Carol Jillson has over 12 years of higher education experience in admissions, recruitment and program management. She is a former Assistant Director of Admission at Stanford University, where she evaluated thousands of applications, conducted admissions presentations to prospective applicants and attended admissions committee review. Carol also ran the UC Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA program, which also included evaluating applications and interviewing applicants. She is also an alumni interviewer for London Business School.


Carol has a comprehensive understanding of highly selective college admissions. She specializes in helping students differentiate themselves and create a compelling application. Carol provides expert guidance and structure throughout the process, and helps students find the best fit schools for their longer term goals. 


Carol received a BS in Business Administration from UC Berkeley and an MBA from London Business School. She has worked in Consulting, Finance, and Education.


Sylvia Leong

Former Director of Admissions

   Carnegie Mellon University

Former Sr. Associate Director

   University of Southern California


4 Years in CMU Silicon Valley Admissions

5 Years in USC Marshall School of Business Admissions

Sylvia graduated from University of California, Berkeley with a degree in Mass Communications.  She began her career in corporate recruitment, interviewing and hiring college grads for a financial services company in San Francisco.  After discovering how much she enjoyed working with university career centers, she transitioned to higher education, recruiting and assessing students for graduate school.  As former Senior Associate Director for University of Southern California’s MBA program, she reviewed thousands of applications and conducted hundreds of interviews for admission.  She then moved onto Carnegie Mellon University’s Silicon Valley campus, focusing on graduate engineering programs.  As the Director of Admissions, she designed and implemented an admissions process for the campus and worked with faculty to admit a diverse class each year.


Sylvia has traveled extensively, recruiting and interviewing students from China, India, South America and other countries.  Her background of 15+ years in corporate recruitment and higher education have given her keen insight into what makes an applicant stand out.  She believes everyone has a unique story to tell, and her passion is in helping students find their voice and share their story.


John W. Enyart

Former Director of MBA and Graduate Admissions

   Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Former Director of Admissions and Financial Aid

   Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh

11 years of undergraduate admissions directorships for engineering, sciences and liberal arts

9 years of graduate admissions directorships for business and natural sciences

26,000+ Admissions Decisions (final authority)

Mr. Enyart draws on his experience with a wide spectrum of select academic programs and admissions processes as a teacher and director of admissions. Prior to launching his own technology companies, he spent over 20 years leading both graduate and undergraduate admissions programs. Mr. Enyart retired from academia as Director of MBA and Graduate Admissions and faculty member at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to his tenure at Penn, Mr. Enyart was a Professor and Director of Admissions and Financial Aid at the Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh.

John brings both a deep perspective on compelling admissions packages, as well as an acute awareness of current and unfolding STEM and business school communities, with a focus on integrating academic and professional opportunities. Throughout his career, John has been a dedicated mentor to hundreds of students and professionals and is distinguished by the extensive advising experience he brings to his consulting clients.  Mr. Enyart holds undergraduate degrees in Engineering and Physics from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.

Natalie Lahiff

Former MBA Admissions Advisor

  The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

3,000+ Applications Read and Evaluated

Natalie Lahiff was an integral part of the MBA Admissions Committee for the Wharton School

of the University of Pennsylvania, interviewing and advising potential applicants, reading and

evaluating applications, and recruiting candidates through various admissions events.

Natalie understands the importance of a solid, compelling application when applying to top-tier

business schools. She focuses on her clients’ unique stories and assists them in delivering a

clear personal narrative that will set them apart from other applicants.

Natalie’s career spans several other industries including editing, education, finance, and real

estate. She also has a vast amount of experience working with current and former military

members, helping them translate those skills into the business world.

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