Joy Pincus

Sr. Consultant & Director

​​It’s been 18 years since Joy Pincus first started working in business school admissions, and in that time, she’s seen the MBA landscape change drastically. But one thing has remained constant: the amazing caliber of students she gets to work with on a daily basis. Joy is proud to have met so many dedicated, innovative, and goal-oriented people throughout her tenure, and every year, she feels grateful for the chance to share a pivotal moment in her clients’ lives, helping them to take a crucial step towards realizing their dreams.

Learn more about Joy and her approach to MBA application consulting!

Meet Joy

I am fully committed to the MBA—and my coach should be as invested as I am.

With so much riding on business school applications, it’s important to have an experienced and invested consultant by your side. That’s why Joy sees herself as more than just a service provider: she is a true partner in your success. She understands the challenges and pitfalls of MBA admissions, and she works tirelessly to help her clients successfully navigate the process.

I want someone who can help me craft the right message.

Often what determines acceptance or rejection to an MBA program is one’s ability to differentiate oneself, and that’s where Joy’s sense of creativity and flair come into play. Joy works in a holistic manner, leveraging her experience as a professional journalist and award-winning creative writer to identify what is truly important in any story. Joy coaches her clients to express their truth in a way that will captivate the reader. In helping clients to identify, shape, and hone their very best stories, she often reveals a thematic narrative thread that even her clients were not aware ran through their lives.

As a seasoned marketing writer, she has a strong working knowledge of many industries, having helped scores of businesses—from startups to established global corporations—hone and deliver their key messages to a targeted audience.

“There is a strong parallel between a person working on their MBA application and a company creating its profile. Each is looking to engage the reader by sharing their unique story, and to show why they are a perfect fit for the reader’s needs. My job is to help them identify their story and then find their unique way of expressing it.”

Getting the interview is only half the battle—I need someone who can help me cross the finish line.

The most important element of a successful interview is to feel comfortable, confident, and engaged in what you’re saying, and Joy helps her clients to locate themselves within their stories and communicate their message in a simple, direct, and captivating way.

With a BFA in Theater Arts from NYU, Joy has learned the mechanics of narrative delivery and non-verbal communication, and this experience has been a tremendous asset in preparing clients for the crucial interview stage of the MBA application.
Joy’s candidates have gained admission to every top MBA program in the world. Her clients have gone to Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, Chicago Booth, MIT, LBS, INSEAD, NYU, Kellogg, and dozens of other high-rated and highly-admired programs. She has worked with a long list of clients that hail from numerous fields, including tech, bio-tech, engineering, retail, law, psychology, banking, art, the military, and healthcare. Joy also has a great deal of experience working with EMBA clients.

Each year, when application season arrives, Joy is excited to discover what’s in store—new people, new stories, new moments to share, and ultimately, new winning MBA applications to celebrate.

Hear from Joy’s Clients

It was a great pleasure working with Joy as a coach. She helped to bring my application to the next level and was patient and reliable throughout the entire process. Highly recommend working with her!

Lior Parizade
Lior Parizade
GSB Class of 2023

I’m proud to say that with Joy’s help, I was accepted at all 3 schools I applied to, and I couldn’t be more excited to begin my EMBA journey this year at Georgetown! Thank you Joy!

Dylan Stephens
Dylan Stephens
Georgetown McDonough EMBA, Class of 2026

Joy was a huge asset in my application process- she helped me craft my story and present myself in a manner that resonated with the schools I applied to. My acceptances to Stanford, Wharton, MIT and INSEAD would not have been realized without her partnership.

Tamar Schamroth-Liptz
Tamar Schamroth-Liptz, CPA
Stanford MBA, Class of 2022

I gained a lot of value from my sessions with Joy! A coach like Joy adds so much to the process of MBA application writing—much more than what I expected, to be honest. I really enjoyed working with you, Joy!

Annette Lee
Annette Lee
HBS Class of 2025

Working with Joy, was, as her name suggests, a pure Joy. She is a true professional. Devoted, engaged, resourceful and full of empathy with the highest levels of care. She helped me achieve the best possible results.

Michael Brunman Hecht
Michael Brunman Hecht
HBS Class of 2023

TLDR; I thoroughly enjoyed working with Joy over the course of my MBA application journey. I would strongly recommend her to anyone who’s thinking of using Menlo Coaching for their MBA application journey. I will be grateful forever.

Sharath Rangan
Sharath Rangan
Northwestern Kellogg

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