Consultant Profile: Madelaine Baker
Madelaine Baker has worked in the admissions offices of MIT Sloan and Yale SOM. She has an MBA from CBS and corporate banking experience in NYC and Hong Kong. Get in touch with Madelaine Baker.
My first experience working in MBA Admissions dates back to 2002. I had just moved from my hometown Munich (Germany) to Boston with my family and took a job as Admissions Associate for the MIT Sloan School of Management. I enjoyed the energy around admissions season, working with prospective students and meeting talented achievers. However, after two years at Sloan, I decided it was time to pursue my own MBA and explore new career opportunities. I was determined to become a banker in New York City and so pursued a top MBA degree as a start down that path.
I successfully applied to Columbia Business School (“CBS”) and graduated from the program in 2006. Throughout my time at CBS, I was consistently involved in prospective student interviews and providing feedback to the Admissions Office. I have continued this involvement through most of my corporate career.
In 2006, I joined Scotiabank, a leading Canadian financial services firm, in their Private Equity Group in NYC, where I began a 9-year career in Corporate Banking. Throughout this time, I worked on large corporate lending transactions, analyzing credit profiles, building financial models and negotiating loan documents with lawyers and clients. The development of a loan proposal requires effective writing and editing skills in order to develop a compelling business case for each credit approval. The outcome of credit committee decisions to approve or decline proposals is often correlated to the strength and cohesiveness of the credit write up itself.
Why did I leave banking? I was eager to make a lifestyle change, gain greater job satisfaction, and return to MBA Admissions.
I spent the past two years working as an Outside Reader for the Yale School of Management and haven’t looked back once. At Yale I had the privilege of joining an exceptional team and discussing the merits of applicants with fellow team members. Participating in Yale SOM’s committee meetings has given me a fresh perspective on MBA admissions and what it takes to get into a top business school today.
I often notice that most applicants find the MBA application stressful and somewhat random, with many aspects of the process out of their control. However, what prospective students can most definitely control is their MBA application and positioning themselves as a compelling candidate.
It’s imperative to present your most impressive achievements to the Admissions Office. Having sat in countless committee meetings, I know exactly what makes an application stand out and how to avoid getting lost in the shuffle.
I look forward to joining you on the exciting and rewarding journey ahead and sharing my insights, knowledge and experience with you. I have seen how strong and successful applications tell a consistent, credible and compelling story. I am here to help you tell your story.