Consultant Profile: Todd King
How many people can say that they made tens of millions of children happy? That’s what I did before I attended the MIT Sloan School of Management, as a computer graphics technologist making movies at Walt Disney Feature Animation. “The Lion King” was the biggest of the six movies for which I received screen credit, but to me, “Mulan” was the most important, because of my longstanding interest in China; I worked on “Mulan” more than any other Disney movie. That work eventually led to my idea to create an animation studio in China and my decision to attend business school to figure out how.
My Disney career served me well when I applied to Sloan: I had plenty of stories to tell the admissions committee. My academic performance helped too: I graduated with honors from the University of Utah, a pioneering school in computer graphics, and I worked at technology firms to pay my way through college. Serving before college in US Army Military Intelligence, where I first developed my interest in computer graphics, helped my admissions chances as well: I held positions of leadership and responsibility. I wove all of these strands into a coherent story throughout my application, while showing the admissions committee the strong match between what I needed to achieve my goals and what Sloan offered in its MBA program—and the Sloan admissions committee accepted me.
MIT—what a thrilling two years! Alas, as I discovered while spending months of my Sloan tenure in China, an animation studio was not to be. However, I did graduate into a strategy consulting position for an international investment group based in China, to research best-practices in the US for Chinese e-business and media companies to emulate. From my days at Sloan to now, I have split my time evenly between China and the US, something I never could have done without my business school experience.
After receiving my Sloan MBA, friends and acquaintances sought my help with their applications to top business schools. When they called to thank me after their acceptances, they told me that my advice made the biggest difference in their candidacies: other people just grammar-edited their application essays, but I made them think about their approaches to the essay questions and guided them to paint coherent, vivid portraits of themselves for the admissions committees, just as I did when I applied to Sloan. To a person, they suggested that I do this work professionally; and I had to admit, I found helping them immensely satisfying. So, when the dot-com bust ended the strategy work of my China group, I turned my full attention to MBA admissions consulting.
That was twelve years ago. Since becoming a professional MBA admissions consultant, I have helped hundreds of clients internationally find their way into every top business school in the world. A couple of years ago, after Linda Abraham talked with a number of my past clients, she told me, “You have quite a fan club.” I invite you to find out why!