Meet the team

Alice van Harten

Alice van Harten

Founding Partner

Alice has coached MBA applicants since 2007 and is proud of her clients’ successes. Her background as a former Bain Consultant and Stanford lecturer puts her in a unique position to understand her clients’ career paths and coach them through their applications. Her own career also shows her talent for tackling tough applications: she was admitted to the Ph.D. program at Cambridge and secured 100% funding for her studies, and when leaving academia received offers from Bain, BCG, and McKinsey.
David White

David White

Founding Partner

David’s 15-year tech career included executive roles at startups (Efficient Frontier, acquired by Adobe) and publicly traded companies (Yahoo, Travelzoo) across the SF Bay Area and Europe, during which time he hired, trained and developed dozens of young professionals. He has been coaching MBA applicants since 2012 with a special focus on developing the right career goals.
Lauren Patterson

Lauren Patterson

Operations Manager

Lauren received her B.A. cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania. After earning her J.D. from the University of Miami, she was a commercial litigator with a specialty in drafting briefs and appellate arguments. She also founded an event management startup based in New York with a mission to help parents reduce, reuse and recycle.
Crystal Cornwall

Crystal Cornwall

Senior Consultant

Crystal received her MBA from Tuck in 2013, where she was a Forté Fellow and conducted 75 admissions interviews as an Admissions Associate. Crystal’s career included traditional investment banking (J.P. Morgan), middle-market private equity (FLAG Capital Management), serving as Associate Director of Development for educational charity Uncommon Schools, and returning to J.P. Morgan to manage the Global Wealth Management Associate Training Program, where she hired and trained many MBA graduates. She is passionate about coaching MBA candidates to find the right business school to succeed in their professional and personal goals.
Eduardo Placer

Eduardo Placer

Interview / Video Coach

Eduardo Placer is the CEO and Founder of Fearless Communicators, a dynamic speaking and communications coaching business. Before that, he was a professional actor for 15 years. He believes that everyone has something to say and is committed to unlocking their voice and unleashing their story for admissions interviews and videos. His clients include the University of Pennsylvania, the Wharton School of Business, Yale University, The Juilliard School, Google, Bank of America, and HBO. Other collaborations include The Somewhere Project with Carnegie Hall, the Muslim Jewish Conference, and the UHAI- East African Sexual Health Initiative.
Leslie Monstavicius

Leslie Monstavicius

Editor

Leslie has studied at Stanford and the University of Oxford, and earned her Ph.D. in English at U.C. Berkeley. She taught writing at U.C. Berkeley and Stanford and has considerable experience helping students craft persuasive essays. In her role as Academic Director at Stanford, she counseled students who were planning their academic careers and putting together applications to graduate and professional schools. She also served on grant and fellowship committees and helped students draft successful research grant proposals and scholarship essays.
Olga Iakovleva

Olga Iakovleva

Executive Assistant

Olga is well versed in life at Stanford and the surrounding Silicon Valley communities. In a previous role at the Stanford Linear Accelerator, she ran the User's Organization Office, which supported 1,500 clients from over 30 countries.

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