Hi Linda,

Thank you very much for your note. It means a lot. Esmeralda has been key on my applications path, not only allowing me to put my best but more importantly to grow/improve along the process. Thank you!!

-Accepted Client

Consultant Profile: Esmeralda Cardenal


Why Work with Esmeralda?

  • More than nine years as a graduate admissions consultant, helping applicants gain admission to the top MBA, EMBA, and graduate programs in the world, as well as to a variety of master’s programs, including data science and data analytics, business analytics, finance, marketing, sustainability, hospitality, public policy, and public administration (Click here for the complete list.)
  • Former Yale SOM associate director of admissions, Michigan State director of MBA admissions, and Cardiff Business School (United Kingdom) consultant
  • Spearheaded Yale SOM’s women and underrepresented minority initiatives; former board member of the Forté Foundation; former member of the National Society of Hispanic MBAs; collaborated with Management Leadership for Tomorrow; has helped clients apply and get admitted to the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management since 2015
  • Prior to working in admissions, served in leadership roles in human resources and training and development in commercial banking
  • Consistently earns outstanding reviews from clients because of her personable coaching style and meticulous editing (See here what Esmeralda’s clients say.)

Esmeralda’s Stats

  • BS in business management from Franciscan University of Steubenville
  • MBA from the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University

What Esmeralda Has to Say

“My years in admissions gave me the eagle eye to distinguish a winning application from thousands of mediocre ones. I will be delighted to help you stand out from the rest and obtain the offer of admission you’ve always dreamed of.”

What Else You Should Know about Esmeralda

  • Fluent in Spanish
  • Originally from Nicaragua and loves all things Latin American, with a sweet spot for the region’s culture and foods
  • Has also lived in England and Wales, on the US East Coast and Gulf Coast, and currently resides with her husband and children in the Midwest

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