Woman Goes From Biotech to Business, Winning Admission to HBS

After completing her postdoctoral training, Susie worked for a start-up in biotech. Interested in the business side of the industry, she decided to apply to an MBA. When she received five offers out of the six schools she applied to, she ultimately accepted an offer from HBS.

Applicant Stats


  • Undergraduate Institution
    Rutgers University
  • Pre-MBA Industry: 
  • Career Goals: 
    Move on to the Business Side of BioTech
  • Admitted At:
    HBS, Wharton, Kellogg, Fuqua, Darden
  • Coach:

Highlights From Susie’s Story 

#1 Presenting Herself in MBA Applications

During the pandemic, Susie had a realization that she wanted to make a change and apply for an MBA. Since she did not have a traditional business background, she searched for someone who was experienced and creative to help her present herself in her applications, which is how she came to work with Menlo Coaching. 

#2 Connecting With Her Coach

Susie instantly clicked with her coach, Rebecca, and appreciated her compassionate approach. For Susie, the most important indication to work with a coach was making a connection with them. This way, she was able to fully trust her coach throughout the process. 

#3 Writing the Essay 

The hardest part for Susie was writing the essay. Her advice for other applicants is to focus on building a compelling argument and to use critical reasoning to convince the admissions committee that you will accomplish the promises you make in your essay. 

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