Early Career
MBA Prep Program
of MBA Prep Fellows have been accepted by a Top 10 Business School.

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Thinking about an MBA? Think MLT.

For many, an MBA is a critical step on the path to senior leadership. MLT’s MBA Prep programs provide African American, Latinx, and Native American professionals with personalized guidance and effective tools to successfully navigate the business school application process, and optimize their MBA experience. MBA Prep includes:

  • Personalized coaching to develop a winning game plan for admission
  • Access to top MBA program admissions officers at three seminars that are hosted by our business school  and corporate partners
  • Deep experience and knowledge to cultivate personal clarity and help fellows identify which schools are the best fit
  • A network of high-performing peers in the MLT community

MLT also offers:

  • MBA Prep Accelerated,  a six-month, boutique admissions program featuring enhanced consulting options for applicants with a GMAT score of 680+
  • GMAT Coaching, for applicants who wish to strengthen their test score prior to MBA Prep

Early Career
Meet Some of our MBA Prep Fellows
Kyle Smith MBA Prep 16
Transitioning out of the military, establishing a strong professional network was very important to me. I found that in MBA Prep and I actually consider Fellows...
MBA Prep 2016
Howard University (c/o 2010)
University of Chicago, Booth School of Business (c/o 2018)
Career Prep 2011; MBA Prep 2016
University Of Pennsylvania (c/o 2012)
New York University - Stern School of Business (c/o 2018)
MBA Prep 2016
Howard University (c/o 2011)
University of Michigan Ann Arbor - Ross School of Business (c/o 2018)
Paola Garcia
MBA Prep 2016
University Of California-Berkeley (c/o 2012)
Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (c/o 2018)
Fatima Dicko
MBA Prep 2016
Columbia University (c/o 2012)
Stanford University - Graduate School of Business (c/o 2018)
MBA Prep 2016
The University of Texas at Austin (c/o 2010)
Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management (c/o 2018)
MBA Prep 2010
University of Houston (c/o 2005)
Cornell University - S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management (c/o 2012)
Investment Manager at Covariance Capital Management

of MLT MBA Prep Fellows obtained jobs upon graduation.



of MLT’s MBA Prep Fellows are accepted by a Top 10 Business School.



of Black, Latinx, and Native American students at Harvard Business School, Wharton, Kellogg and Columbia are MLTers.

Program Details

The estimated time commitment for MBA Prep is 10 to 30 hours per month. MBA Prep Alumni will attest that the more you put into the program, the more you will get out of it. Here’s how MLT will help you achieve your goals:

One-on-one coaching: Your MLT Coach (many of whom are former MBA admissions officers) will guide you throughout the program and will help you develop your own roadmap to exceed “the bar” for admission at top schools. Your coach will also offer application advice, and feedback on your resume and admissions essays.

Personal clarity: You will gain insight into your passions and strengths and how they align with your ultimate career goals. During interviews, you will be able to better articulate your story and how you can add value to your target MBA programs.

Supplemental GMAT guidance: You will work to increase your score by creating a personalized action plan with your coach and utilizing the study support from your cohort. MLT also provides a separate GMAT coaching option that focuses on strengthening GMAT scores.

Access to admissions officers: Fellows hear insights directly from the decision makers during at MLT’s MBA Prep seminars, which are attended by admissions officers from top MBA programs.

A winning application: you will learn what it takes to be a competitive and successful MBA applicant. MLT demystifies the MBA admissions process and gives you the winning formula.

An accelerating professional network: Fellows go through the program with a cohort of peers who share similar interests and career goals.  They also have the opportunity to form lasting relationships with corporate partners and other executives. Upon completion, fellows join a lifelong network of more than 7,000 alumni who are committed to helping each other advance toward senior leadership.

In-person seminars: Fellows attend three mandatory weekend-seminars. Each event includes intensive skill-building workshops with insight into the admissions process and in-depth case studies. Content is delivered by our corporate and business school partners, MLT coaches, and additional subject matter experts. Seminars are hosted on the campuses of MLT’s business school and corporate partners. The typical time frames for these seminars are:


  • Kick-Off Seminar – March
  • Summer Seminar – June
  • Pre-Application Seminar – July/August
Meet Your MLT MBA Prep Team

Shannon Reinard Demko, MBA Prep Director and Senior Coach

Education: Shannon holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Georgetown University and a masters degree from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, where she also studied Management and Marketing at Wharton.

Experience: Shannon joined MLT as an MBA Prep Coach in 2013. Previously, she served as Director of Admissions at American University’s Kogod School of Business, and prior to that role, as Associate Director of Admissions for the Goizueta Business School at Emory University. Her professional background also includes work in corporate programs for the American Council on Education and in undergraduate admissions at Georgetown. In addition, she has completed training in nutrition, health, and stress reduction and is a certified mindfulness meditation and yoga instructor and founder of MindfulMBA, all of which she uses to bring balance to the MBA application process.


Photo of Victoria GainesVictoria Gaines, Manager, MBA Prep & Business School Partnerships

Education: Victoria completed her Bachelor’s in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing at James Madison University and completed her MBA at University of Maryland Global Campus.

Experience: Victoria, a native Virginian, joined MLT in 2016 as office manager, where she provided executive support to the MLT Senior Management team and handled day-to-day operations of the MLT Headquarters. She transitioned to the MBA Prep team in 2017, and now serves as the program manager of the MBA Prep Program. Prior to MLT, Victoria worked as a Business Coordinator at Perficient – a digital transformation consulting firm.

Victoria enjoys working with Fellows and has a passion for helping others reach their full potential. Victoria is a huge foodie that spends her downtime traveling, reading fiction, and volunteering with the National Museum of African American History & Culture.



Kendra Crook, MBA Prep Senior Coach

Education: Kendra earned her bachelor’s degree in history and psychology from Columbia College.

Experience: Kendra joined the MBA Prep team in 2007. She started her admissions career with Columbia Business School’s Executive MBA Program as the admissions manager, transitioning to the assistant director of Student Recruitment for Columbia University’s Biosphere 2 Center, an interdisciplinary study abroad program in environmental science. 


James Frick, MBA Prep Coach

Education: A lifelong learner, James is currently completing a Professional Coach Certificate program at Duquesne University. Upon completion, he will pursue the International Coach Federation certification. James received a BA in Communications and English from the University of Pittsburgh, and an MA in English from Radford University. He is also a graduate of the Carnegie Mellon University Leadership Academy in 2013.

Experience: James spent nearly 18 years at the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University, where he first served in Academic and Student Affairs as Associate Director of MBA Programs. In 2003, he was appointed Senior Associate Director of Admissions and, in 2006, the Director of MBA Admissions. In this capacity, James worked closely with nearly 1,600 applicants each year, to enroll students in the full-time, part-time and distance learning MBA programs. He has held lead roles in recruiting, diversity initiatives, operations, and information systems. From 2015 until joining MLT full-time in 2018, James was a member of the leadership team in the newly-formed Office of Graduate Admissions at Duquesne University. During this time, he also served as a consultant for Forté MBA Launch program participants and as a member of the MLT MBA Prep essay review team. He is a diehard fan of all Pittsburgh sports.


jon_fuller_headshot_circleJon Fuller, MBA Prep Coach

Education: Jon has a BA in Biology with a concentration in Neurobiology and Behavior from Cornell University and a MS in Instructional Technology from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.

Experience: Jon joined MLT as an MBA Prep Coach in 2015 and has worked in higher education for over a decade. Prior to his role at MLT, Jon spent two years as a Senior Admissions Consultant at Clear Admit, counseling numerous successful applicants to gain admission to the world’s leading business schools. Jon also served for four years as Senior Associate Director of Admissions at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. During his time at Ross, he managed all aspects of recruiting and admissions for Ross’ full-time MBA program and read applications, selected candidates for interviews, validated all admissions decisions, managed the waitlist, and made scholarship award recommendations. Leading the program’s recruiting initiatives for underrepresented minorities, Jon was also the Ross admissions office’s point-of-contact for The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management and MLT candidates. Jon spent the early part of his career in consulting and interactive marketing, working with a mix of federal government and national security clients and for-profit companies. Jon served as an MBA admissions industry expert in his own forum on Poets & Quants and has presented for Beat The GMAT’s “Write Like an Expert” webinar series.



Krista Giancarlo, MBA Prep Senior Coach and Curriculum Lead

Education: Krista earned her BS in Hotel Administration from Cornell University. She has also completed a Graduate Certificate Program in Non-Profit Management at Northern Kentucky University.

Experience: Krista has been with MLT as an MBA Prep coach since 2008. Prior to MLT she worked at the Yale School of Management, first in the Dean’s office and then for several years as an admissions officer. She was especially involved in recruiting women, non-traditional and early career students. She managed recruiting events for the department and served as the alumni liaison for admissions.


MLT MBA Prep Accelerated Coach Candace Tumey HeadshotCandace Gonzales Tumey, MBA Prep Accelerated Coach

Education: Candace earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles, and her Ph.D in Social Psychology with a focus on intergroup/interracial relations at the University of Southern California.

Experience: Candace has over 14 years of experience in undergraduate and graduate admissions. Most recently, as an Associate Director of Admissions at the Haas School of Business, Candace served for six years in roles that encompassed recruiting domestic and international candidates, leading diversity and inclusion efforts, and evaluating hundreds, if not thousands, of applications. Early in her career, she read for UC Berkeley Undergraduate Admissions and received a certificate in College Admissions Counseling and Career Planning. Her passion for education led her to admissions. Her passion for education equity brought her to MLT in 2019. Candace enjoys international travel and must visit the local museum wherever she lands. 


Natasha Gore MLT headshotNatasha Gore, MBA Prep Coach

Education: Natasha has undergraduate degrees in public relations and print journalism from NC A&T State University, and a master’s degree in public administration and nonprofit management from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She also has a certificate in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University.

Experience: Natasha spent the past seven years working in MBA admissions, capping off 10 total years of higher education experience. Prior to joining MLT, Natasha led diversity admissions at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, managed diversity admissions at Wake Forest University School of Business, and served for five years as Adjunct Faculty at Salem College. Natasha’s higher education experience overlaps a bit with her eleven years of nonprofit management experience. During that time, she served as executive director of a small social capital organization in Winston Salem, held roles in marketing/outreach within early childhood education, and executed grantmaking at a community foundation. Natasha is a supporter of all things artistic, but has a special place in her heart for dance and musical theatre as a local performer. Natasha joined the MBA Prep Coach team in 2020.


Liz Riley,  MBA Prep Accelerated Coach

Education: A graduate of North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC, Liz earned her undergraduate degree in Speech Communication and a Master of Education in Counseling.

Experience: Liz, joined the MBA Prep Team in 2020 and has spent her career in higher education in both undergraduate and graduate admissions. After completing her undergraduate degree, Liz was Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions for her alma mater and was responsible for diversity recruitment initiatives. From there she joined Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and spent 25 years leading the success and innovation of the MBA admissions team. Her responsibilities encompassed strategic planning, recruitment, evaluation and selection for all programs.

Throughout her personal and professional life, Liz has demonstrated passion and commitment in helping others take advantage of opportunities to improve their skills, take on new challenges and make a difference. Liz resides in Raleigh, NC with her daughter Faith, nephew Cameron and her dog Simon. She is active volunteer in her community, a seasoned traveler and has been known to be a…. Crazie, enthusiastic college basketball fan.


wendy_weiss_headshot_circleWendy Weiss Eder, MBA Prep Strategic Initiatives Lead and Senior Coach

Education:  Wendy has a BA in Sociology from Tulane University and an MBA in Marketing from The George Washington University.

Experience: Wendy joined MLT as an MBA Prep Coach in 2008. She discovered her love for higher education when she accepted a role as an undergraduate admissions officer. Since then, she has worked in the higher education world for almost 15 years. Prior to MLT, Wendy was Assistant Director of Admissions for Georgetown’s MBA program for four years. Her travels and experiences as an admissions officer have given her great pleasure, but her passion is to have a real impact on those with whom she works.

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