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 Black, 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
“MBAP taught me so much about the MBA process and even more about myself—my work ethic, my goals, my limits. I stretched myself, formed new friendships and learned to market myself in...
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Georgia Institute of Technology
Harvard Business School
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University of Kentucky
University of California Berkeley - Walter A. Haas School of Business
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Georgetown University
University of California Los Angeles - The Anderson School of Management
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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Harvard Business School
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University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
The University of Texas at Austin - McCombs School of Business
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Towson Univeristy
Duke University - Fuqua School of Business
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Temple University
University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School

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 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

MBA Prep Team

Shannon Reinard Demko, Director & Senior Coach

Education: B.A., English, Georgetown University. M.S., Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania; with studies in Management and Marketing at Wharton.

Experience: Shannon joined MLT in 2013.  Previously, she served as Director of Admissions at American University’s Kogod School of Business, and before that, 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 instructor and founder of MindfulMBA, all of which she uses to bring balance to the MBA application process.


Photo of Victoria GainesVictoria Baylor, Senior 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 the 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.

MBA Prep Coaches

kendra_crook_headshot_circleKendra Crook, MBA Prep Senior Coach

Education: B.A., History and Psychology, 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, Senior Coach

Education: James received a BA in Communications and English from the University of Pittsburgh, as well as a Master’s degree in English from Radford University. In 2018, he will complete the Professional Coach Certificate Program at Duquesne University and then pursue the International Coach Federation certification.

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 1600 applicants each year, to enroll students in the full-time, part-time, and distance learning MBA programs. From 2015 until joining MLT, James was a member of the leadership team in the newly-formed Office of Graduate Admissions at Duquesne University, during which time he also served as a consultant for the Forté MBA Launch program participants and as a member of the MLT MBA Prep essay review team. He is a diehard fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

jon_fuller_headshot_circleJon Fuller, Senior Coach

Education: B.A., Biology, with a concentration in Neurobiology and Behavior, Cornell University M.S., Instructional Technology, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.

Experience: Jon joined MLT in 2015, bringing more than 10 years of experience in higher education. Prior to joining MLT, Jon was 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, where 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 serves 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.  He has been featured in articles on Poets & Quants, Fortune, Crain’s Chicago Business, and BusinessBecause.



Krista Giancarlo, MBA Prep Senior Coach and Curriculum Lead

Education: B.S., Hotel Administration, Cornell University. Graduate Certificate Program in Nonprofit Management, Northern Kentucky University.

Experience: Prior to becoming an MLT MBA Prep coach in 2008, Krista worked at the Yale School of Management, first in the Dean’s office and then for several years as an admissions officer. She was 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.


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Candace Gonzales Tumey, Accelerated MBA Prep Coach

Education: Candace earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology at UCLA and her Ph.D. in Social Psychology at USC.

Experience: Candace has over 14 years of experience in undergraduate and graduate admissions. 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. Candace earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology at UCLA and her Ph.D. in Social Psychology at USC. Her passion for education led her to admissions. Her passion for education equity brought her to MLT. Candace enjoys international travel, the temples at Angkor Wat are her favorite destination thus far, and must visit the local museum wherever she lands. She is located on the West Coast.

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Natasha 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 has spent the past seven years working in MBA admissions, capping off 10 total years of higher education experience, including her most recent role at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business leading diversity admissions, managing diversity admissions at Wake Forest University School of Business, and serving for five years as Adjunct Faculty at Salem College. Natasha’s higher education experience overlaps a bit with eleven years of nonprofit management experience, having served as executive director of a small social-capital organization in Winston Salem, as well as roles held in marketing/outreach within early childhood education and 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, Accelerated MBA Prep 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 an active volunteer in her community, a seasoned traveler and has been known to be a…. Crazy,  enthusiastic college basketball fan.


wendy_weiss_headshot_circleWendy Weiss Eder, MBA Prep Strategic Initiatives Lead and Senior Coach Education:  B.A., Sociology, Tulane University MBA, Marketing, The George Washington University

Experience: Wendy joined MLT as an MBA Prep Coach in 2008. She discovered her love for higher education when she became an undergraduate admissions officer, and she has worked in the higher education world for over twelve years. Prior to MLT, Wendy was Assistant Director of Admissions for Georgetown’s MBA program. 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.


Lance Bennett, MBA Prep Coach

Experience: Lance comes from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, where he has served as Director of Diversity Admissions since 2014. Prior to Kellogg, Lance was Associate Director of Graduate Business Admissions at Wake Forest University, and before that, spent several years in Diversity and Early Talent Recruitment as well as Operations at Wachovia (now Wells Fargo). Lance is currently based in Columbia, South Carolina.




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