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: your 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

shartoyea_scott_dixon_headshot_circleShartoyea Scott Dixon, Senior Director, MBA Programs and Business School Partnership Lead Education: B.S., Electrical Engineering, Rutgers University MBA, Cornell University; Roy H. Park Fellow.

Experience: Shartoyea is a seasoned education professional having most recently worked as Campus President for the Beltsville Campus of Kaplan Higher Education Corporation where she helped to grow the student population and improve employee morale. Prior to Kaplan, Shartoyea worked both in K-12 education as the founding Business and Operations Director at Septima Clark Public Charter School as well as engineering sales for Lutron Electronics.

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.


Shannon Demko, MBA Prep Senior Coach and Coaching Team Lead 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.

James Frick, MBA Prep Coach

Education: James received a BA in Communications and English from the University of Pittsburgh, as well as a Masters 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, MBA Prep 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 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.

Erica Gomez, MBA Prep Coach

Education: Erica holds a BA in communication from Rutgers University and an international MBA from the University of San Diego where she focused in marketing and management.

Experience: Erica began her career in admissions in 2008 with the Executive MBA program at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. Since then, she has worked in marketing and has built a successful business in the pet care industry. Throughout her professional endeavors, Erica has remained involved with admissions work and most recently served as an admissions consultant with Ivy Gate, helping international students navigate the business school application process for success in their pursuit of a graduate degree and beyond. Erica lives in Atlanta with her two children, husband, and two dogs.

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.


Kathy Welborn McLean, MBA Prep Coach Education: B.S. Industrial Engineering, North Carolina A&T, Strategy and Entrepreneurship, Wharton

Experience: Kathy joined MLT as an MBA Prep Coach in 2010. Previously, Kathy worked in small business consulting as the Associate Director of the Wharton Small Business Development Center and as a management consultant with the Mitchell Madison Group. She has also held management positions in retail banking with First Union National Bank and M&T Bank. In 2005, Kathy launched Welborn McLean Group and continues to provide executive and personal coaching-related services to individuals, organizations and small businesses.



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