Consultant Profile: Cindy Tokumitsu


From 1984 through 1986, I had the challenge and pleasure of teaching English at a private language school in the shimmering feudal city of Kanazawa, which is backed by lush mountains and sits on the coast of the Sea of Japan. Ironically, while there I fell in love all over again with my native English, and upon returning to the U.S., I launched a career as a writer and editor.

It was the right decision. My 12-plus years as a writer and editor have been exciting and fulfilling, thanks to the variety of people and projects, the ongoing learning, and the range of subject matter they have encompassed. In these years I have worked on projects as diverse as editing The Handbook of Psychiatry and the Law for a professor of psychiatry, writing many feature articles for Legal Assistant Today, serving as project manager/editor for a Prentice-Hall reference text on employee stock ownership plans, writing thousands of information science abstracts for Plenum Corp.'s ISA database, and researching and writing book-length market studies for Find SVP's Packaged Facts, Inc. In 1991 and 1992 I worked for the newsletters Small Corporation Update and Tax Update for Business Owners writing articles on benefits, tax, law, and management. From 1992 through 1997, I joined the business book publisher Quality Resources, first as acquisitions editor and then as editorial director. These positions immersed me in the business of publishing. Recent freelance projects include writing chapters for Gale Research's 1999 publication Major Marketing Campaigns Annual and regular feature articles for New York Living, a lifestyle and real estate magazine.

Without any question, however, my most important work in recent years has been with Accepted. Since mid-1998, I have been helping Accepted's clients articulate their ideas, goals, and experiences in thoughtfully crafted graduate application essays. I have worked with international clients from all over the world and with re-applicants. Happily, we have seen many successes. My clients have been accepted at the following schools: MBA and other business programs – Wharton, Stanford, Kellogg, Chicago, Columbia, Cornell, Yale, UCLA, Stern, Darden, Purdue, GWU, Carnegie Mellon, INSEAD, Kenan-Flagler, Emory, MIT Sloan, London School of Business, Indiana, Fordham, UT Austin, and Southern Methodist University; law schools – Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Chicago, U Penn, U of Michigan, Hofstra, Cardozo, Fordham, Quinnipiac, George Washington U, Boston College, and Syracuse; medical schools – Wake Forest, Tufts, University of Toronto, Harvard, Jefferson, NYU, GWU, Albert Einstein, MCP Hahneman, USC, Vanderbilt, UNC, Temple, SUNY Albany, New Jersey Medical, Robert Woods Johnson, SUNY Stony Brook, Vermont, and Tulane. There is little as rewarding as hearing clients report back the good news!

My B.A. is from SUNY Buffalo (1978, art history and English).